Rachel (Catherine Johnson Justice) begins her day with some heartily rancorous squabbling with her daughter Cody (Lindsey Alexandra Hartley), and things don't get any better from there. Cue the arrival of a stranger (Chris Carlson) who possesses a charged bit of info about Rachel's past and the Manson Family. Far more dark and intense than usual Fringe fare, this show is well served by a one-hour format, in which Justice's and Carlson's characters negotiate, confess, and, in Justice's case, transform into some frightening psychic terrain. In four short scenes, we confront atrocity, blind obedience, and the grinning face of darkness. It's a bit of a relief when the house lights come back on.
Thursdays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 p.m.; Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 p.m.; Saturdays, 5:30 p.m. Starts: July 30. Continues through Aug. 8, 2009