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Thea Fitz-James in 'Drunk Girl'. Photo: Dahlia Katz.

Fringe Encore Series revives festival hits for two nights only—04.26.19 & 04.27.19

By Ryan Pepper on April 24, 2019

For two nights only this April, two of the Ottawa Fringe Festival’s best shows will be making a repeat performance as part of the Fringe Encore Series at Arts Court. The series gives Ottawa audiences a chance to see some of the Fringe’s best shows once more.

The Ottawa Fringe Festival is the city’s biggest event of independent and up-and-coming theatre, featuring 50+ plays across several venues for ten days of non-stop comedy and drama. The festival attracts talent from around the globe along with plenty of local creators to put on the best independent theatre Ottawa has to offer.

On April 26 & 27, audiences will have the chance to see 2018’s Drunk Girl and the 2017 Best of Fest winner AL Connors: DJ Detective.

AL Connors. Photo: Andrew Alexander.

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Drunk Girl was created by and stars Thea Fitz-James. The one-woman sketch comedy act analyzes the tricky place that drunk women hold in a society that both encourages and condemns a woman’s choice to drink. Fitz-James explores the relatively novel social acceptability of women getting drunk through two on-stage personas, the “college drunk girl” and the “mid-career wine woman,” as both try to strike a balance between drinking for enjoyment and alcohol as a crutch. The play doesn’t shy away from some more pressing issues relating to women and drinking, particularly rape, but it avoids being too heavy-handed. Fitz-James engages the audience in drinking games and tends to keep the show a bit light-hearted, but still serious. Read Apartment613’s review here.

DJ Detective is more a dance party than a theatre piece, as show creator and real-life DJ AL Connors tries to get a “level 3 dance party” going for his 50-minute set. Connors weaves personal anecdotes into his set, and the show offers an inside look into the mindset of a DJ. Connors also hands out plenty of advice on how to keep a party going; but if all you want is to dance for an hour, he’ll provide that for you too. Read Apartment613’s review here.

The Fringe Encore Series is happening April 26–27 at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave). Showtimes are at 7:30pm and 9pm. General admission tickets are $18 online or $30 for the double bill. The main entrance to Arts Court is up a flight of about twenty steps. For barrier-free access, enter through the new Ottawa Art Gallery building. The OAG and Arts Court are connected by hallways.