150 For Twenty (Or Less)
Oh, you read that right. For cheap theatre this week we have something very special for you that only happens once a year. It’s the Toronto Fringe Festival, which runs from July 4th – 15th! An extravaganza of theatre that typically won’t cost you more than $11 a show.
For those unfamiliar with the Fringe, it’s a great way to experience a whole whack of theatre from drama to sketch comedy to musicals. Some companies are made up of well-known pros, others are semi-professional, but all have the same odds of getting accepted into the festival. Plays are chosen for the festival on a first come/first served basis or by random lottery. What’s more, all proceeds made from tickets sales go directly to the company, so with every show you see, you’re directly contributing to their future success.
Fringe isn’t just about theatre though, there are dance productions, visual arts displays, daily events and even a section of the festival just for kids!
There’s a lot going on and it can seem a bit overwhelming, but have no fear! Us fine folks at MoT are here! We’ve got a whole fleet of theatre-hungry writers who are going to provide you with a blitz of Fringe info throughout the entire festival, including a review for every single show.
To start you off, here are some things to check out to get yourself prepared:
The MoT List of Fringe Press Releases – General information about most of the shows.
Fringe Tickets – If you think you’ll be in for the long haul (5 shows or more), it might be worth getting a bundle of tickets.
Fringe Preview: Tent Talks – Just one of the many events and activities happening at this year’s Fringe.
The Fringe 100 – Young artists are just as important and this year the Fringe is celebrating that.
You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled on Mooney on Theatre, as we’ll be running contests throughout the entire festival for free tickets to a whole bunch of Fringe shows.