It’s brilliant that the premiere San Diego Fringe Festival is presenting what amounts to a Philip-Dimitri Galas retrospective. An incandescently talented artist, Galas invented his own genre, “avante-vaudeville,” to describe his combination of physical theater and explosive, poetic language, and the term seems Fringe-perfect.

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How better to kick off San Diego’s first-ever Fringe Festival than with a play that’s zany and bawdy, features human and puppet grotesques, and has a century-old absurdist pedigree? “Ubu Roi” (King Ubu) by French author Alfred Jarry  premiered officially in 1896 (unofficially, Jarry staged it as a puppet play in 1888 when he was…

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