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Fringe Review: On Demand

60 minutes | Improv, Comedy | PG It’s a good year for improv at Fringe. On Demand, comprised of the Elgin St. Improv troop, is doing their part by creating a full 45+ minute show in a different genre each night. I happened to go on Sci Fi night and my review may be utterly […]

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Fringe Review: The Actor’s Nightmare

By Philip Caunter 55 minutes | Comedy | G Acting! It can be an intimidating thing even if you prepare, and if you have no idea what you’re doing it can be a nightmare. That’s the premise of this play, as the hapless George Spelvin (played by Rod Hagglund) gets tossed about on stage without […]

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Fringe Review: The Red Shoes

By Alex Katayama 60m | Circus, Comedy, Drama | PG Before we begin, The Red Shoes is not based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story of child mutilation and nightmare fuel (also known in European Standard English as a “fairy tale”). Instead, Moon Ballad Circus‘s The Red Shoes is an interpretation of a Baba Yaga story which coincidentally can also be considered nightmare fuel […]

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Fringe Review: Best Picture

60 minutes | Comedy, Parody | Mature To write the script for “Best Picture” you would need nothing less than an encyclopedic knowledge of film history. You will not, however, need more that a layperson’s familiarity to enjoy it. This show is a rapid-fire series of gags, lambasting every film to ever be awarded the […]

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Fringe Review: Cardinal

47 minutes | Clown | G A clown show about Alzheimer’s? Lucky me, I thought sarcastically about my assignment. But accurate first impressions aren’t always my forte. Academic Hall was abuzz last night ahead of Mitchel Rose and Madeleine Hall’s performance. Academically trained clowns – the former at the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques LeCoq […]

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Fringe Review: Ananta

By Vanessa Turpin 55 minutes | Musical, Stand-up Slam | Mature On opening night, Ananta took to the stage dressed in all black, perched atop a high stool and looked out at the intimate (read: small) crowd from behind round-framed glasses. He looked to be the quintessential depiction of a Beat poet, in a somewhat […]

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Fringe Review: Norman Bisbee Goes to War

By Travis Facette 52 min | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG Creator and performer Kevin Reid takes on several roles in this solo show, which tells the story of an elderly veteran and his lost locket. It’s clear that Reid is a competent actor, and his portrayal of Norman’s best friend Papini, a self-aware Italian […]

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Fringe Review: Art class in session. Nude model. Please knock.

By Lars van Tol 40 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Inter-Arts | Mature If the attendance is any indicator, the promise of nudity can still fill seats like nothing else. Art Class was the most unique performance I witnessed at Fringe 2016, breaking the fourth wall and inviting (and tutoring) an artistic response from the audience, which […]

The Heavy Weight

Fringe Review: The Heavy Weight

By Lars van Tol 40 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG A charming and fast-paced tale of betrayal set in exotic Germany that will likely win you over before you have a chance to frown. It’s a promising new show by a brand spanking new theatre company. You might be disappointed if you expected Lazlo […]

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Fringe Review: V. R. Dunne

By Travis Facette 70 min | Drama, Solo | PG Howard Petrick’s show is more a piece of storytelling than anything else. With a drawling, simple style, Petrick takes the role of V.R. Dunne and recounts the man’s life and achievements as a union organizer and revolutionary. It’s a compelling and sometimes vivid story, though […]

A Room of Wolves

Fringe Review: A Room of Wolves

60 minutes |Comedy | PG Some theatre shows strive to be universally appealing, with varied results. Other shows choose to focus on a specific subject of interest to a smaller audience, and specialize. A Room of Wolves is most enjoyable for those whose university days are a fresh or ongoing memory, especially anyone involved with […]

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Fringe Review: As Rome Burns

63 min | Drama | Mature Nicholas Dave Amott’s new play, As Rome Burns, is about the rehearsal of a play concocted by the mad emperor Nero. His play is about his imperial family’s history and himself. It’s being rehearsed by a few of his loyal slaves in the home of a Christian slave whom Nero has […]

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Fringe Review: Shakespeare Crackpot

45 min | Comedy, Solo | PG Keir Cutler is a Shakespeare crackpot. That is, he does not believe that Will Shakespeare wrote the plays attributed to him. Our culture calls such people “crackpots”. Hence the moniker. “Doctor Keir” does indeed have a PhD in Theatre with a background in English literature.  He describes his impressive […]

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Fringe Review: Cold Open

By Sandy Gibson 50 mins | Comedy, Improv | PG One never knows how an improv show is going to turn out but the artists and improvisers involved in the opening show of Cold Open by Crush Improv have much to be happy about. Drawing inspiration from a humorous monologue about art therapy and finger […]

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