[image-1]Sometimes things are better on the fringe — or at the very least more interesting.
This year’s Piccolo Fringe lineup at Theatre 99 can best be described as joyously unconventional, featuring the tale of a trip to Chernobyl, antebellum antics, and an improvised episode of Seinfeld. Yes, it all sounds pretty fun.

The Exclusion Zone tells the story of monologuist Martin Dockery’s trip to the site of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. In past visits to Charleston, the performer has detailed journeys to West Africa and religious hotspots. This hour-long one-man show follows Dockery as he traverses this peculiar no-man’s-land in search of a mysterious room believed to possess magical powers.

For fans of FX’s cartoon hit Archer, there’s Big ‘Ole Show. Starring Amber Nash, also known as the voice of Pam Poovey, and Matt Horgan, this completely improvised act set during the American Civil War keeps things hot with plenty of love and lust best enjoyed with a refreshing mint julep.

How hard can it be to make up a show about nothing? Reviving a classic sitcom, comedy group Bellevue will take the stage at Theatre 99 to bring you an entirely new episode of improvised Seinfeld based on suggestions from the audience.

Other Piccolo Fringe highlights include long-running improv troop The Have Nots!, all-female improv team Mary Kay Has a Posse, musical comedy duo Reformed Whores, and Improv Riot starring Theatre 99’s ensemble members. Also scheduled is the one-act comedy revue The Complete History of Charleston for Morons, which covers more than 300 years of history and manages to keep it funny.

A blend of sketch comedy, improv, and character pieces, The Magic Negro and Other Blackness stars Mark Kendall. The one-man show takes an insightful and hysterical look at the media’s representation of black males. Touching on everything from the racial implications of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham to Uncle Ben and Aunt Jemima, this performance may cause you to see modern popular culture in a new light.

And if you’re looking for something a bit romantic, Dockery’s two-person play Moonlight After Midnight may be your match, as audiences are treated to a mystery involving a man, a woman, and a late-night meeting in a hotel room.

All shows will take place at Theatre 99, located at 280 Meeting Street above The Bicycle Shoppe. Seating is general admission and tickets are $16.