Celebrating the world of fringe

The 2007 fringe theater Golden Hedgehog awards will take place at the Karov Theater.

The 2007 fringe theater Golden Hedgehog (Kipod Hazahav) awards will take place at the Karov Theater (at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station) on February 1. Before that there will be two nights of a mini-fringe festival with theater presentations ranging from works-in-progress to some of the shows now playing at various fringe venues in the Tel Aviv. Some 10 companies are competing in 13 categories for the awards. Up for Best Production are: Aunt Freda from Tmuna Theater, which was also nominated for music, lights, actress and direction (Naomi Yoeli); Story of a Lonely Man from Tzavta, which oddly has only two other nominations, for music and performer (as opposed to actor); The Sin from the Malenky Theater, which also gets the nod for best director, adaptation (Igor Berezin) and actor (Dudu Niv); as does Sleeping from the Shlomi Alternative Theater Center (SATC) for director (Pablo Salzmann), actress (Neta Plotsky), costumes and set. Plotsky will receive the Golden Hedgehog Creativity Prize, and the prize for Lifetime Achievement goes to actress and teacher Miriam Nevo, now in her 80s. The mini-festival, called Fringe Night, runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. on January 30 and 31 and offers shows such as The Woman I Could Have Been at Tzavta, Agamemnon at the Simta in Jaffa, an evening with Norman Issa at Hebrew Arab as well as The Three Tenors, which is a tribute to three very veteran actors, Moscu Alkalai, Albert Cohen and Shmuel Wolf. At Tmuna is SATC's Sleeping, the first time that the eight-year-old company has left the Shlomi industrial area where it has its performance space, a studio and a school.