Fringe Festival

A collection of everything to do with the Toronto Fringe Festival, including reviews, features, press releases etc.

Hands Down – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From the press release:

Shoot Good Films in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival presents HANDS DOWN

From Warren P. Sonoda, director of Trailer Park Boys, This Hour has 22 Minutes, & Coopers’ Camera comes his first play since… 1992 high school drama class.

HANDS DOWN is a twisted comedy about ambition, endurance, and finding out what really matters… after holding onto a car for 100 hours. As four contestants hunker down to win a vehicle, truths, secrets and an occasional supernatural power are revealed that jeopardize each of them from winning. Everyone has a limit, but sometimes you don’t know it until you’ve crossed it. Like writing a new play after 25 years.

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SCAT: Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From the press release:

SCAT​ by Laugh Serious Theatre will be premiering at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival,​ this summer, from July 5th – July 16th, 2016 at Queen West Community Health Centre, 168 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 2R4.

Laugh Serious theatre takes audiences to the bathroom with SCAT, a site-specific show about the history of bathrooms and how they are used and misused.

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Animated: Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

The Bad Dog Youth Academy presents

Animated! at the 2017 Toronto Fringe

An improv show that brings your objects to life!

Whether it’s our up-and-coming youth performers or our hilarious professional players, the Bad Dog Theatre Company produces world class improv. Animated! is the latest in the Bad Dog series of youth and adult crossover shows, combining top level adult improvisers and standout teen performers from its Youth Academy. Audiences get the best of both worlds- younger players with creative new ideas, and professionals who know how to create seamless improvised stories.

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Hyena Subpoena: Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

From the press release:

If I could be a hybrid species, here’s what I would be

A creature who’s one half hyena and one half me

And when I’m called to testify upon my own behalf,

I’ll take the stand and be sworn in and laugh and laugh and laugh.

Hyena Subpoena is a masterwork by one of Canada’s most unique and accomplished creators for the page and stage. 

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Welcome to the Bunker – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Bunker

Excerpt from Press Release:

Welcome to the Bunker! is an immersive zombie apocalypse comedy set in a bunker deep below Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. Katie, a young zombie rights activist, and Todd, an antisocial doomsday prepper, will give you and your fellow survivors an orientation into bunker living that could just save your lives- if everything goes according to their half-assed, yet optimistic, plan. Feelings Circles! Obsessive rationing! Nearly fully figured out chemical toilets! Just ignore that scratching coming from the walls, won’t you?

Bunker! was created as a collaboration between two very different artistic disciplines: comedy/improvisation, and traditional theatre, plus a side of nerdy obsession with horror tropes. Welcome to the Bunker! is a fast, furious, non-stop comedy that uses the ridiculous cliches of zombie mythology to explore themes such as generational tension, loss, and hope in the face of disaster. Like…a really big, gory disaster.

This is the first collaboration between Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes. Ryan is an award-winning playwright, actor, and improviser. He is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s playwrighting program and Second City Toronto’s Conservatory program. Clare Blackwood has worked with many independent theatre companies in Toronto, specializing in Shakespeare and musical theatre, and is a My Entertainment World Award best ensemble winner for Romeo and (her) Juliet (Urban Bard/Headstrong Collective). Director Alison Louder has previously assistant directed 2016 Patron’s Pick The Harvester (Rabbit in a Hat Prod.) and has held a spot on the Best Local Actress Top 10 list in Montreal for over a decade. Film/tv credits include Being Human, Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, and Xavier Dolan’s upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Stage Manager Justine Cargo was the assistant stage manager for 2016 Fringe hit Romeo and Juliet Chainsaw Massacre, and stage manager for Storefront Theatre’s Tough Jews, nominated for 6 Dora Awards.

Don’t miss this Fringe’s weirdo, underground (literally!) zombie hit that will have you die laughing, rise again laughing, and eat some brains. Laughing.

Details

  • Welcome to the Bunker! plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible, with some tight cornering. Accessible seating is in the front row.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 10:00 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 06:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 09:45 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 08:30 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 04:45 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 06:15 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 03:30 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:00 pm

Photo of Clare Blackwood and Ryan F. Hughes by Max Telzerow.

Moonlight After Midnight – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

MoonlightExcerpt from Press Release:

Moonlight After Midnight is a romantic mystery that beguiles audiences with the simple story of a woman and a man accidentally meeting in a hotel room. Though as the story shifts and fractures, the dramatic possibilities multiply, culminating in a heart-rending twist.

In the summer of 2010, Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery met at a theatre festival in London, Ontario, had a fringe romance, and within weeks decided to tour a two-person play across the country the following year. What could have been a four-month disastrous tour proved to be the groundwork for their courtship and Concrete Drops Theatre was born. Today, they are married and continue to create and tour their work together.

Concrete Drops Theatre has toured five plays to fringe festivals across Australia and North America. Moonlight After Midnight has been awarded the Weekly Award – Best Theatre at the Adelaide Australia Fringe, Best Theatre of Adelaide Fringe – The Advertiser newspaper, Critics Pick Best Show at Cincinnati Fringe, Critics Pick Best Show at Orlando Fringe, Runner-Up Critics Pick at Vancouver Fringe Festival, Best Original Work at Ottawa Fringe Festival.

Details

  • Moonlight After Midnight plays at the Tarragon Mainspace. (30 Bridgman Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • This venue is barrier-free. The designated accessible seating is in the middle of the auditorium.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 07:00 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 04:45 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 06:45 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 10:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 06:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 02:15 pm

Photo of Vanessa Quesnelle and Martin Dockery by Will O’Hare.

Weirder Thou Art – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

Weirder Thou Art

Excerpt from press release:

North American humans you think William Shakespeare wrote Mac Beth ha, ha, ha..well we’ll tell you the truth (wink wink) who really wrote the play. Three bouffon women (if you want to call them that) put the weird in the Wyrd sisters. The bouffon search for humanity brings a reluctant William Shakespeare on a journey from a living hell to acceptance.

Weirder Thou Art stars Ronak Singh as The Virgin, Stephen Flett as the Matron, Anne Shepherd as the Crone and Philip Krusto as William Shakespeare.

Details

  • Weirder Thou Art plays at the St. Vladimir Institute. (620 Spadina Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Unsuitable for Minors, Sexual Content, Audience Participation, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route. After the building’s business hours, a staff member will need to escort you through this route, so plan to arrive early for evening shows.

Performances

  • Thursday July 6th, 08:15 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 03:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 05:15 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 10:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 01:45 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 12:00 pm
  • Sunday July 16th, 08:30 pm

Photo by Ardyth Johnson.

You Are Perfect – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

You Are PerfectExcerpt from press release:

(TORONTO — May 31, 2017) You Are Perfect is a new and uniquely original dramatic stage play that delves into the psyche of Charles Manson and his followers, a group that has both reviled and fascinated the public for nearly a half century. You Are Perfect’s Toronto Fringe run at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace marks the first Canadian-staged production for White Horse, New York City’s 14-year-old off-Broadway theater company. The play is directed by Rhys J. McClelland, winner of a 2004 Directors Guild of Great Britain Award.

You Are Perfect takes a unique view on the Manson murders by chronicling the experience of one singular Family member: Susan Atkins. As Manson’s most ardent disciple, Atkins was implicated in at least eight coldblooded killings, including the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders. Set in Atkins’ prison cell on the eve of a key moment in the Manson murder trial, You Are Perfect is a theatrical re-imagining of her life and inner demons.

“After debuting You Are Perfect off Broadway, we strongly felt a need to share this story with audiences across the border,” explains acclaimed writer/director Cyndy A. Marion, “with people for whom these horrific events don’t hit as close to home. We’re very interested in seeing if Canadian audiences can help us better understand this tragedy.”

You Are Perfect features Lindsay Danielle Gitter (Crashlight, The Scarlet Letter) as Susan Atkins, Kristin Samuelson (A Lie of the Mind, Johnny) as The Woman, and Alexander Reid (His Girl Friday, Mindflood) as Charles Manson. “What hopefully makes this production distinctive is its highly theatrical structure,” Marion notes. “We play with time and space in a way that aims to entertain, enlighten, and surprise.”

Details

  • You Are Perfect plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace. (16 Ryerson Ave.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual Content, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Accessible seating is in the very front row.

Performances

  • Friday July 7th, 01:45 pm
  • Saturday July 8th, 09:15 pm
  • Monday July 10th, 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 08:00 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 03:30 pm
  • Friday July 14th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 08:45 pm

Photo of Kristin Samuelson, Alexander Reed &
Lindsay Danielle Gitter by John Robert Hoffman.