Every year, Fab Fringe serves as the first big leadup event to May's Fringestravaganza, and as such we tend to think you can make some predictions about the festival by closely observing this fundraiser. Observations on Fab Fringe 2017: It's the first one without the actual presence of former executive producer George Wallace, but he laid the foundation for what's sure to be a great night (much like the festival). It features an accomplished out-of-town actress – Broadway's Carrie Manolakos, a singing-acting double threat whose cover of Radiohead's "Creep" Gawker.com called "upsettingly good" – more than ably supported/surrounded by our talented locals (much like the festival). And the price of admission goes to a very worthy cause – much like the festival, but with one important difference: 100 percent of proceeds from Fringe show tickets go to the artists, whereas Fab Fringe helps fund the lean machine that is the Orlando Fringe team. Not only will this night get you fired up for one of Orlando's best cultural experiences, you'll leave with the warm glow of knowing that you helped make it happen.
VIP dinner 6 p.m., general admission doors 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 20 | Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. | orlandofringe.org