1. Getting a seat to the show you want is always better than not getting in. Hence, tickets. Secure yours in advance by heading to the virtual box office under the "Tix" tab at the Atlantic Fringe Festival's conveniently named site, atlanticfringe.ca. Or play the role of Gambler in your own production of The Gambler and head to the venue: Tickets go on sale half an hour before showtime, cash or credit card only.
2. There are 12 venues this year, and they're scattered all over the peninsula—from Fort Massey Church in the south end, to the north end's Bethel Church, and the harbour-side Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to The Waiting Room in the west end. Build travel time into your plans and enjoy a city tour with your theatre, a cultural double-play. Otherwise you show up late and sweaty to earn #fringefail.
3. You've already heard this is the 25th annual Fringe, the silver anniversary celebration, but it bears repeating. Halifax embraced the festival over the Labour Day opening weekend, with record attendance and box office figures Friday and Saturday (festival organizers referred to the strong showing as a "silver lining" to fears of municipal funding drying up, a pun we heartily endorse). Between now and the Sunday, September 13 final day, let's take that support to the next stage.
4. In the Fringe, the internet is your BFF. Atlanticfringe.ca is a wealth of info, including a gallery documenting every poster since 1991 (go to the "About" tab, and scroll all the way to the bottom). Fringe is Tweeting (@atlfringefest) and Facebooking, too. At thecoast.ca, our theatre critic Kate Watson leads a crack team of writers to produce a daily report reviewing the plays they saw the night before, which is required reading. In a good way.