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Fringe Review: Laser Kiwi

By Philip Caunter 55 min | Circus, Comedy | Mature My experience with whatever culture crosses over from New Zealand suggests that they share a natural affinity with Canada. Geographically remote English speakers? Check. Sharing a region with a much larger country? Check. Goofy, self-deprecating sense of humour? Also check, judging by what Laser Kiwi […]

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Fringe Review: C-

By Vanessa Turpin  50 minutes | Comedy, Drama, Solo | PG We’ve all been there. Many of us are still there. Trying to answer the trite question “what is life after college?” Eric Jaffe (playwright and performer) explores the value of a college education and the struggle to choose a meaningful career post-grad in C-, […]

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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: 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 […]

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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