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July 12 Rave Roundup for the 2019 Toronto Fringe

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There’s still a few days left to check out the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival! If you want to make the most out of your theatre-going this week, here’s a look at a few rave reviews.

These are shows that blew our writers’ minds, got them talking, kept them enthralled, stuck with them, and made their editor write a list of exciting descriptive actions.

While we always encourage audiences to take risks at Fringe, here are some sharp picks that especially paid off for our team:

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An Utterly Stupid Indefensible Thing (Sock Monkey Collective) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

An Utterly Stupid Indefensible Thing playing at Toronto Fringe 2019. Performers Scott Kuipers (foreground) and Marc Blanchard (projected image in background). Photographer: Marc Blanchard

An Utterly Stupid Indefensible Thing by Sock Monkey Collective takes us along for an hour-long deep dive into the relationship between media, bullying, and grief. Creative duo Marc-Andre Blanchard and Scott Kuipers turn the stage at Streetcar Crowsnest Mainspace into a pressure cooker at Toronto Fringe 2019.

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Sincerely, The Rebels Club (Once More With Feeling Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Cast of Sincerely, The Rebels Club. Photo by Ivan Hutomo featuring Jon Champagne, Jennifer-Beth Hanchar, David Rowan, Jamie Champagne, Sarah Kolasky

Sincerely, The Rebels Club combines two great tastes that taste great together – Star Wars and The Breakfast ClubThe result is a bright and eccentric palette cleanser. Produced by Once More With Feeling, this show is a fun treat to lighten up your Toronto Fringe adventures, onstage at Tarragon Theatre Mainspace.

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SKETCHY ADVENTURES IN THE ENCHANTED FOREST (Playing with Fire Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo of Cast L-R: Damien Gulde, Grace Munro, and Amy Slattery in Sketchy Adventures in the Enchanted Forest. Photo by Jon Chaters.

Sketchy Adventures in the Enchanted Forest, created by Playing with Fire Productions, transforms the Al Green Theatre into a magical faraway land for Toronto Fringe 2019. However, like any good fairy tale, we should be careful what we wish for.

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Fuckboys the Musical (Generation Productions) 2019 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo: Cast of Fuckboys the Musical. Left to right: Kendall Leamy, Joseph Adam Gonzalez, Savanah Pedersen, Brandon Munoz-Dominguez, Beth Ann Stripling, Nicole Visco, and Hayley VerValin. Photo by Aaron Safer

Fuckboys the Musical rings in the Toronto Fringe Festival on a high note. A loud, hilarious, literally high-on-ecstacy note in 4-part harmony. Blowing up the stage at Streetcar Crowsnest Mainspace, this show by Generation Productions is a punchy girls-night-out for anyone who’s been down the bumpy road that is modern friendships and dating.

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Box – Toronto Fringe 2019 Press Release

From the Press Release:

BOX — an outrageously ridiculous and thought-provoking satire about two security guards and the meaning of work — will keep you guessing on the edge of your seat. Featuring a multicultural cast of dedicated artists including local TV celebrity and award-winning singer-songwriter Arlene Paculan. So what’s in the box? Come and see! BOX plays July 3-14 at St. Vladimir Institute Theatre as part of the 2019 Toronto Fringe Festival. Tickets are available via fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062, or at the door.

From visionary playwright and director Joel Pettigrew (Waking, Toronto Fringe 2016; The Girl in the Photograph, Toronto Fringe 2018; Mercury Man, Winnipeg Fringe 2018), comes a new, provocative satire. Journey into the absurd world of BOX, a witty, energetic and sincere glance at the meaning of work and duty. Peppered generously with delightful comedy and thoughtful introspection about the monotony of our daily lives, BOX asks what doing a job means to us. We all must work to live, but should we live to work? BOXexplores this conundrum with sharp wit and insight into the complexities of human attitude towards the workplace. The play sheds light on questions we all ask ourselves, especially during particularly tedious times: What is all this for? Am I important? Why am I doing this?

The guards are played by Fringe veteran and executive producer Lucas James (Waking) and commercial/special skills actor Justin Styles. Joining them onstage are Thomas Sarigiannidis (Waking; The Girl in the Photograph) as the mysteriously named “One” and local actress and celebrity Arlene Paculan (2019 MARTY award winner; 2018 Best Pop Artist Mississauga Music Award; Host of Striving Artist on Filipino TV) as the equally enigmatic “Two”. Playwright/Director Joel Pettigrew has been telling “outside-the-box” stories across Canada for over a decade. Production Designer Chris Coxson (Alumnae Theater, Heritage Theatre – Brampton, Toronto Fringe, Winnipeg Fringe) works extensively in Design for film, video, television, and live stage productions.

BOX is Broken English Theatre’s inaugural production, but it brings together experienced friends and collaborators with a deep commitment to good stories told well.

Performance Information for BOX:Venue: St. Vladimir Institute Theatre
620 Spadina Ave, Toronto

Performances:
Wed, 3 July @ 6:00pm
Fri, 5 July @ 2:15pm
Sun, 7 July @ 8:00pm
Mon, 8 July @ 10:00pm
Wed, 10 July @ 6:15pm
Sat, 13 July @ 4:15pm
Sun, 14 July @ 1:00pm
**Please note variable curtain times.

Tickets:
$11 (+ $2 service fee) via fringetoronto.com , by phone at 416-966-1062, or at the door.
Tickets may also be purchased during the festival at POSTSCRIPT, (the patio at the Toronto Fringe), located in the Hockey Rink at 275 Bathurst Street.
Advance Tickets on credit card have an additional $3 per order processing fee.
Running time is 80 minutes. **Please note, absolutely no latecomers will be admitted**

Media Contact:  Thomas Sarigiannidis, 416-705-0342,
sthomakis@hotmail.com