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Fringe Review: Miss Bruce’s War

80 minutes | Canadian, Family, Historical | G Don’t wait to get your tickets to the next performance of Miss Bruce’s War. Get them now. Really. I say this not just because there is only one more opportunity to see it, but also because it’s simply 80 minutes well spent. The play, written by Jean […]

Fringe Review: Next Thing You Know

By Matthew Stella 90 minutes | Comedy | Mature Next Thing You Know is the story of four 20-somethings trying to make it as artists in New York. Waverly is a 28-year-old aspiring actor who works at a law firm during the day and a dive bar on Sullivan Street at night. Her best friend […]

Fringe Review: Alpha Delta 86

By Sandy Gibson 55 minutes | Clown, Comedy, Family | G Do you remember the first time you ate something you were hesitant to try but were greatly surprised by how good it tasted? For me, it was homemade guacamole with its odd combination of ingredients, greenish colour and the presence of the word “mole” […]

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 […]

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-, […]

Fringe Review: Jesus Christ Private Investigator

By Matthew Stella 60m | Improv | Mature As the name suggests Jesus Christ Private Investigator tells the story of Jesus of Nazareth, back for a third stint in the mortal world, this time as a redeemer of justice for the Miami PD. The performance by GRIMprov, a local improv troupe, takes an easily parodied […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]