Day 3: Despite a packed schedule at 12 venues, not every show has opened yet.
Which is remarkable. That’s just how many many productions are at the Fringe Festival. By today, 45 shows have opened and will run until June 18, at the latest. 12 more shows have yet to be seen, and six of those open tonight:
- 6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation by Tim Motley
- God! The One-Man Show by Rich Potter
- Fish Saw by Sachie Mikawa & George Lewis (Rundown Cutehouse & Sachie)
- Three to Leave by Sofie Milito, Sadie Laflamme-Snow, Aurel Pressat & Franco Pang (Floral Theatre)
- Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story by Zita Nayrady & Myque Franz (The Grand Salto Theatre)
- Sparks Street Ballad: A Canadian Tale of Thomas D’Arcy McGee by Cynthia Sugars (Fiddleheads Musical Theatre)
Our reviewers are out on opening weekend seeing every show possible. Readers can visit apt613.ca/fringe and check new reviews posted daily.
Apt613’s Saturday picks:
Three To Leave by Sofie Milito, Sadie Laflamme-Snow, Aurel Pressat & Franco Pang (Floral Theatre)
1:30pm @ Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave)
Floral Theatre is a collective of emerging artists made up of alumni from the National Arts Centre’s production of Jordan Tannahill’s Concord Floral in 2016.
GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates named Three To Leave in his pre-Fringe picks for Apt613. I’ll take his word for it.
6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation by Tim Motley
4:30pm @ Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave)
Comedian Tim Motley has truly incredible mental abilities. I don’t mean he can count backward, name every World Series pitcher back to 1911, or tell you it was a Tuesday on the day you were born. No – his abilities verge upon magic.
Throughout the show, Motley – or Darrow, I should say – pulls members of the audience on stage and somehow guesses the names of their exes, childhood pets, and cards pulled from a deck.
If that sounds at all underwhelming, then trust me that you just have to be there to truly appreciate the magic. Not to speak of Motley’s dry wit and slick delivery. He’s going to amaze you with his wordplay and some of the worst puns you ever will hear.
Fish Saw by Sachie Mikawa & George Lewis (Rundown Cutehouse & Sachie)
5:30pm @ La Nouvelle Scène – Studio B (333 King Edward Ave)
Miyazaki meets García Márquez in this multimedia one-woman show by Sachie Mikawa, inspired by her family and the 2011 Japan Earthquake. Working with artists from Japan, the USA and Argentina to create original animation and music, Mikawa’s Fish Saw is a one-of-a-kind work of art.
House Show by Two Second Push Up
8pm @ Besserer House (328 Besserer St)
This site-specific work is a collaboration between the artists of 2016 Fringe shows Division 161, In Waking Life, and Prix Rideau Award winner Rideshares & Rope Swings (Outstanding New Creation). To me, site-specific theatre always has a charm, and seeing a play in some stranger’s apartment – or minivan, or a church kitchen – is peak Fringing.
BALLS – je suis un vidéoclip by Marie-Eve Fortier
9:30pm @ La Nouvelle Scène – La Marquise
The program says patrons will have to climb a ladder to enter “La Marquise” (literally: the sunroom) at La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins. 12 tickets are available to each performance.
When I came across BALLS in the lineup, I thought quite frankly, how I’d not be surprised if this isn’t exactly a video clip entitled BALLS. For all that, it’s actually a solo show by Prix Rideau Award winner Marie-Eve Fortier (Prix de l’artiste en émergence). Performances are in French.
See the full schedule and show listings at ottawafringe.com. The 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival runs until June 18 at a dozen venues. Tickets cost $12 at the door (cash only) and $14 in advance, including fees. Artists keep 100% of their ticket sales.