So, here we are at Day 4 of the Toronto Fringe Festival. Is everyone having fun? What have you been hearing around you in the line-ups and at the Fringe Tent? We want to know! Tell us in the comments section
Here’s some stuff we’ve been hearing:
- The show Gingerbread Guy at FringeKids! unfortunately had to pull out of the festival this year before it even began. It’s a shame, because Cow Over the Moon Children’s Theatre has delivered some popular offerings in the past. So, while you’re making your FringeKids! plans, remember not to include this show. Oddly enough though, they haven’t updated their site to tell us that they are no longer at Fringe. But the big crossed out blurb at the FringeKids! seems pretty clear.
- One of our readers wrote in to tell us about this one, and we were very appreciative. Apparently starting Monday the King and Bathurst intersection will be closed. King Streetcars will have to run along Queen west of Spadina and Bathurst cars will turn back north at Queen. Keep this in mind when you’re planning your route to Factory Theatre (and possibly Passe Muraille).
- We’ve heard from a number of people that some of the venues are downright cold. When you first arrive it’s absolute delight as you revel from the relief of the heat, but as the show continues, the cool becomes cold. So it is suggested that folks bring a light sweater or shawl or something, just in case.
- The flip side of that, of course, is that some venues are quite warm. AWAKE has solved this nicely by making great highly effective hand fans available in their Walmer Church Sanctuary venue. Best part, you can take them with you. So, head to a show of AWAKE (our reviewer was so blown away she had to text me about it the second she left the theatre), and then arm yourself with that fan for the rest of the fest.
- David Miller has agreed to match donations to the new Fringe “Time and Space Program” up to $10,000. That would be the largest personal donation to the Toronto Fringe Festival in history. Torontoist broke the story and has a great write up here. YAY MILLER!
- So, it doesn’t take long for shows to start selling out. The ones I’ve heard so far are: Kim’s Convenience, The Giant’s Garden, and Shotgun Wedding. I’m sure there are more, those are just the ones I’ve anecdotal heard about.
- Half of the tickets available at every performance are available in advance. However, if you try to buy advance tickets and can’t, don’t worry, the other half are available at the door. If a show is sold out in advance though, get the venue early to get your ‘at the door’ tickets. As an example, today on twitter from @TheGiantsGarden I saw this tweet: “Advance tix for 5:15 show sold out. Line up early for door sales. Rumoured some are coming as early as 3:30.”
NOW Fringe Listings:
- NOW is the official sponsor of the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, so show them some love by checking out their Fringe site. Although they aren’t going to be reviewing all the shows, they are going to be doing mini-reviews for A LOT of them.
- The site is mobile-friendly and lists all the shows, and if they’ve been reviewed you can check out the N ratings (most possible is 5 Ns) beside the listing of the show. You can find it at http://www.nowtoronto.com/guides/fringe/2011/
- So far only shows with 5Ns seem to be Kim’s Convenience, Living with Henry, Raton Laveur and War of the Clowns, but there are a number of 4N offerings and ‘critic’s pick’ listed. Plus, much like on Mooney on Theatre, you can provide you own review in the comments section available after each show blurb.
So, there is your buzz for today. For up-to-the-minute buzz from a gazillion people, follow the hashtag #FringeTO on twitter (and, use it so you can let others know about your experiences too). Speaking of Twitter, you can always follow us @mooneyontheatre
And as always, we love getting tips from our readers, so let us know in the comments what you’re hearing.
Happy fringing everyone!