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Samantha is a writer and a fan of the arts and has been able to find numerous ways to pair the two. Aside from being an editor here at Mooney on Theatre, she’s a photojournalist for Lithium Magazine which gets her writing and shooting about everything from Dave Matthews Band to Fan Expo, and a copy editor/writer for Art Katalyst. She’s passionate about music, theatre, photography, writing, and celebrating sexuality — not necessarily in that order. She drinks tea more than coffee, prefer ciders over beers, and sings karaoke way too loudly. You can follow her on various social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Fringe for Free! Toronto Fringe Ticket Giveaways for Shows on Monday, July 10th

We’ve at the first weekend of the Toronto Fringe Festival and at this point we’ve just about finished reviewing every show at the Fringe! We encourage you to take a look through our index of reviews and share your thoughts on the shows you’ve seen or the shows you plan on seeing. Maybe we’ve managed to inspire you to check out something you hadn’t considered, and that’s just plain awesome!

We’re rolling right along with our Fringe for Free contest, so if you’ve considered seeing any of the shows listed below, now’s your chance! Once again, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to five more Fringe shows for their performances on Monday, July 10. Check below the cut for details on how to enter.

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Odd One Out (Human Wick Effect) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo from Odd One OutI love a good murder mystery. It’s for that reason that I was excited to see Odd One Out by Human Wick Effect, on stage at the Tarragon Extraspace as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. I mean, just reading the descriptor had me sold: 1950’s, love triangle, secret attraction, a college student wanders into the woods and disappears. Is she dead? Is she alive? What happened to Clementine Yates?

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Picaza (Inamorata Dance Collective) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

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Picaza is a contemporary dance performance by The Inamorata Dance Collective as part of this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. I’ll be honest, when I first selected this production to be part of my Fringe experience this year, I did not know it was a dance show. I was drawn to the description on the Fringe site — the story of a young woman’s journey to self awareness, through the metaphor of a magpie (‘picaza‘ in Spanish) the one bird who can recognize their own reflection.

But the dance element makes me nervous. I don’t have a dance background, often I’ve left a dance experience feeling like I just didn’t get what I just saw. Most of the language of dance is lost on me so I approached Picaza with distinct apprehension. And though I still may not have fully “got it”, I can happily say that I enjoyed it.

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Shadowlands (Pretentious Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

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This is a hard one. Shadowlands, playing at the Toronto Fringe Festival, ended quite a few hours ago and I’m still staring into space deciphering what I just saw. On the surface, it’s one of those non-linear pieces of storytelling where each bit and piece at first glance makes absolutely no sense until you follow the rabbit hole to the end.

Only thing is, this story is also told in darkness with shards of concentrated light meant to direct your attention for a bizarre and intriguing effect.

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Office Hours (Confirmation Bias Theatre) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

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When approaching the ticket desk for Office Hours, playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, the welcoming volunteer cautions you with a trigger warning — frank and candid discussions of PTSD ahead. The kind of PTSD that often haunts those who have witnessed war first hand.

I was expecting a show like this to be explosive. What I found was that it came just short. And, well, perhaps that’s a good thing.

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Singing to My Left Kidney (Ada Girl Productions) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

Photo from Singing to my Left kidneyWhat could be a heart-wrenching and agonizing story is anything but. Singing to My Left Kidney, on stage during this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, is Ada Balon’s story, a tale about her kidney cancer diagnosis and how she learned to live on. Instead of being full of remorse and anguish, Balon approaches her story with often times raunchy comedy and song.
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Nasty (Maelstrom Art Collective) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

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I’ve seen shows similar in style to that of NASTY, Maelstrom Art Collective‘s contribution to this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. It’s not really a play in the standard sort but more a narrative told through movement and spoken word. Not plot driven but point driven and often a student/recent grad manned production. Out of the similar productions I’ve seen, NASTY stands as one of the better ones.

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D&D Yoga (Downward d20) 2017 Toronto Fringe Review

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D&D Yoga, playing at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, is a combination of two great things that, I for one, did not expect would pair together so well. But they do. As the title suggests, D&D Yoga is Dungeons and Dragons and yoga. When I saw the listing for the show I wondered how the mechanics of it would work but as I quickly saw, as I rolled my D20 for damage, lunged, sun saluted, and downward dogged, it all blends together rather well.

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Real Actors. Not People – Toronto Fringe 2017 Press Release

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From Press Release

Real Actors Don’t Beg, They Sell Out at Fringe

Stars of Real Actors, Not People to Hand Out Change From Their Limo before Fringe Parade July 5th at 4:30pm

Vikki Velenosi and Kasey Dunn are on a two-woman mission to change the theatre industry and it all starts July 5th at 4:30pmbefore the Toronto Fringe Parade kicks off at Honest Ed’s. The duo will be handing out change to starving artists from their limo before heading to their 6:30pm show premiere at Factory Theatre Main Stage. It will be a spectacle unseen before at Toronto Fringe as Dunn and Velenosi support actors in an industry that glorifies poverty.

Dunn and Velenosi have gained lower-middle class business success with their Brick and Mortar chain of theatre rental spaces across Toronto and now hope to give back to the community that has brought them what goes for financial security these days. Flipping the popular saying “For a cup of coffee a day” the pair will hand out loonies and toonies to the acting community before the Fringe parade in the hope that starving artists may also drink coffee one day.

The two-woman show is written and directed by Dunn and Velenosi, the latter having won acclaim with her last Fringe show “The Princess of Porn”, and promises to be the most controversial comedy in Toronto Fringe 2017. Real Actors will be the breakout show at 2017 Fringe, the pair has nothing to prove and everything to say about an industry that begs to be authentic without understanding the word. Longer term, the pair hope to change the conversation in an industry that glorifies poverty in the name of art. Directed at the general public as much as the actors within the industry, Real Actors will leave audiences wondering “Why haven’t I sold out yet?”

Details

  • Real Actors. Not People. plays at the Factory Mainspace. (125 Bathurst St.)
  • Tickets are $12. The festival also offers a range of money-saving passes for serious Fringers.
  • Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court, and — if any remain — from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
  • Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
  • Content Warnings: Sexual Content, Nudity, Mature Language.
  • This venue is wheelchair-accessible through a secondary route.

Performances

  • Wednesday July 5th, 06:30 pm
  • Friday July 7th, 08:30 pm
  • Sunday July 9th, 03:00 pm
  • Tuesday July 11th, 08:15 pm
  • Wednesday July 12th, 12:00 pm
  • Thursday July 13th, 11:00 pm
  • Saturday July 15th, 01:45 pm