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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 […]

Fringe Review: Something more Glamorous: Shell shocked, burned out, …And now the weather

48 min | Comedy, Drama, Cabaret | Mature In this third instalment of the Something more Glamorous trilogy, cabaret producer, choreographer and actor Simon L. Lalande attempts to entice his Fringe fans of previous productions subtitled The Peacock Cabaret and Rockstars, Posters, Everybody Dies. Lalande has recruited talented Danielle Le Saux-Farmer who has 12 theatre, film and TV productions under […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fringe Review: Bride or Die

50 min l Dark Comedy, Solo l PG Having never seen a one-woman (or one-man) show before, the thought of a full 60 minute play with only one performer seemed to me a daunting task. How would she possibly hold the audience’s attention and keep us engaged for the entire hour? As the crowd filtered […]

Fringe Review: Cardinal

By Jessica Ruano 60 minutes | Clown, Physical | G Even though I’d read the show description for Cardinal in advance, I had totally forgotten this clown show was about Alzheimer’s. As soon as I remembered that important detail five or ten minutes into the show, everything made a lot more sense. But before that, […]

Fringe Review: raw footage

By Alex Katayama 40 minutes | Dance, Solo | PG When I was first assigned to review raw footage, the first thing I did was look up “contemporary dance” on Wikipedia and then desperately searched Youtube for “contemporary dance examples” — I figured a basic education couldn’t hurt. Then Friday night rolled around, I took my seat in […]

Fringe Review: Love Is A Battlefield

By Philip Caunter 67 min | Drama | PG Calling love a battlefield may not make much sense unless you’ve been in love, or maybe been in love a few times. The notion is partly romantic but also speaks to pain, injury, and confusion – all the things other than triumph that come with love and […]