From press release
LET’S BE ALONE IN THIS TOGETHER
TORONTO – Hot, up-n-coming Toronto Sketch comedy troupe Not Oasis is bringing their unique blend of absurd, heartfelt, provocative, and delightfully dark comedy to the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival with a brand new show “Alone in this Together”.
The highly diverse troupe – they are Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Chinese, Bangladeshi, Gay, Straight, Bi, Brit, so basically they couldn’t be more Torontonian – are developing the show as a follow up to their acclaimed Second City Conservatory grad show “We Can’t Even Even”. Once again the troupe will be directed by Second City Alumnus Nigel Downer. “Aw shit I’m directing them AGAIN?” said Downer when asked why he agreed to sign on with Not Oasis for a second show “I thought I deleted their phone numbers”.
The show touches on many current hot button issues as well as topics you’ve likely never even thought about. “That’s the beauty of writing comedy from so many unique individual perspectives” says troupe member Anne McMaster “you get scenes about stuff we all care about like racism and homophobia but you also get weird stuff like scenes about bra padding, lost yogurt and Tetris that make you think ‘oh yeaaaaaah that IS weird!’ ”.
Not Oasis formed at the Second City Training Centre in 2015 and has been building buzz ever since they made the finals of the Big City Improv Festival’s Total Knock Out Tournament. The troupe has since appeared at the 2016 Big City Improv Festival and the 2017 Toronto SketchFest. Their monthly show “Hat Trick Comedy” at the Social Capital theatre runs the third Saturday of the month.
Not Oasis develops sketches through free-form and narrative improvisation, as well as premise-based improv. Sketches are tested and re-tested in front of live audiences, until they are baked to perfection.
Not Oasis Productions
in association with The Toronto Fringe Festival Presents:
Alone in this Together
Written by and starring King Chiu, Katherine Fogler, Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd, Anne McMaster, Chris O’Neill, Nico Rice, Shohana Sharmin
Directed by Nigel Downer
Stage managed by Chris Middleton
Musical direction by Jordan Armstrong
Opens July 6 runs to July 16
Tarragon Extraspace – 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto, ON
Thursday, July 6 6:45pm
Friday, July 7 2:45pm
Saturday, July 8 5:30pm
Sunday, July 9 8:30pm
Tuesday, July 11 9:45pm
Friday, July 14 1:45pm
Sunday, July 16 12:15pm
Please note that there is absolutely no latecomer seating.
Purchase online: fringetoronto.com
By Phone: 416-966-1062
In Person: During the festival at our main box office at the Fringe Club at Scadding Court – 707 Dundas Street West.
photo of Nico Rice, Shohana Sharmin, Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd, King Chiu, Anne McMaster, Chris O’Neill, Katherine Fogler by Katherine Fogler Photography