Every Fringe, we ask our contributors to prepare a personal shortlist of the shows which interest, excite, titillate and intrigue them the most. And between our 24 Fringe writers, we’ve got a broad range of ages, tastes, expectations and interests: we’ve got retirees and college students, working theatre professionals and moms with “real jobs”, academics and burlesque performers.
Because of that breadth, we figure that, when a show appears on multiple shortlists, it’s probably gonna do pretty well — and if it appears on 8 or 9 or 12, it must have something truly special going on. Our Hot Tickets are those shows: the Fringe productions which attracted the most interest and attention from our staff.
Of interest: 8 out of our top 9 this year are #FringeFemmeTO, and most of them deal specifically with female characters, female experiences and female-focused stories. We aren’t the first to report it, but this is shaping up to be a banner year for women at Fringe!
Presented in no particular order:
When Sarah Marchand turned 13, she threw a party — and nobody came. In Birthday Cake, she revisits this moment in her childhood, telling the story and mining the experience for comedy, drama and pathos. There’s something deliciously askew about this production, like a Chuck E Cheese house band playing Helter Skelter. Our writer Catherine Jan is ready for her slice:
I got excited about seeing Birthday Cake because of the first line of the play description:
“On my 13th birthday, no one showed up.”
I knew this was the play for me because I’ve had my share of feeling left out. I’m ready to hear the character out. It’s hard being a 13-year-old girl, given our changing bodies, our need for friends’ approval on everything, our desire to be treated like adults.
Birthday Cake plays at the Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Ave.) between June 30 and July 10th. See bottom of article for ticketing information. Continue reading Fringe 2016: Mooney on Theatre’s Hot Tickets