This is a new period in the history of the San Diego International Fringe Festival. Following a few years of primarily being held in downtown San Diego, the event has mostly moved to Balboa Park (with a few shows in venues around the county) in this, its seventh, year.
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The history of actor/writer John Cariani’s 2004 play, Almost, Maine, is interesting, to say the least. Despite a locally successful premiere with the Portland Stage Company, the romantic comedy wasn’t a big hit in New York, where it played at the Daryl Roth Theatre off-Broadway.
With the large number of shows of varying quality that are presented each year at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, it’s easy to overlook and miss some high-quality works. Luckily for us, several of these plays return for limited engagements.
It has only been fairly recently that society has begun to treat people with Down syndrome with some care and respect. For a long time, people with this genetic disorder were considered mad and confined to asylums with poor conditions and little contact with the outside world.