The Patron's Picks are, well… Picked (Toronto Fringe 2008)

By Megan Mooney

So, the votes are tallied (okay, technically there are no votes – Patron’s Picks are based on which show had the highest attendance in that venue).  The results are in.  Keep reading for a list of shows you’re gonna get an extra chance to see on Sunday, and links to reviews of those shows:

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American Squatter by Barry Smith (Toronto Fringe 2008 Review)

by Sam Mooney

american-squatter I think I’d go see Barry Smith read the phone book as long as he had a Powerpoint presentation with it.  He’s a Powerpoint genius.  He also had the foresight to save the home movies and tape recordings he made when he was a child. Thank you Barry.

American Squatter is an autobiographical monologue that follows Barry the child from his home in Mississippi to his new home in Southern California to his life as a squatter in London in the late 80s.  Sort of a coming of age with the help of skateboarding, drugs, and music monologue interspersed with home movies and videos.

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A Girl Named Ralph – Toronto Fringe 2008 Review

Review by Fredde Clarke

Editor’s Note:  In the review of Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman by Sam Mooney she mentioned that she saw the show with "My 82 year old mother and 15 year old niece are fringing with me for three days" – Fredde Clarke is the 82 year old mother she was referring to. 

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I came from Eastern Ontario to see 4 plays in the Toronto Fringe Festival – The only one I specifically chose that I really wanted to see was A Girl Named Ralph.  I certainly was not disappointed.

The piece was so obviously true life.  Makes one feel both happy, and a little sad.  It was not a long play, but a most enjoyable one.

The fade outs could have been much shorter, either just a dim out, or stop action while Ralph came in to speak.  I enjoyed the players and have no real criticism of any of the acting.

 

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Teaching the Fringe – Toronto Fringe 2008 Review

Review by Lauren Hatchard  (Megan Mooney’s 15 yr old cousin)

image A deep plunge into the pool of laughs and hysterics.  Teaching the Fringe goes into and analyses a letter from an appalled fan.

Using voices, facial expressions and twinges of words and irony, the show satisfies your laugh craving.  The only thing I didn’t like about this play was that it was a tad drowned out.  Otherwise, a must-see for those who are looking for an amazingly timed, easy laugh.

 Teaching the Fringe is playing at the Glen Morris Theatre for one more day on Saturday, July 12.  For more info see the Toronto Fringe website.

Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman – Another perspective

Review by Lauren Hatchard

Editor’s Note:  In the review of Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman by Sam Mooney she mentioned that she saw the show with "My 82 year old mother and 15 year old niece are fringing with me for three days" – Lauren is the 15 year old niece she was referring to.  And now, without further ado, on with the review (see how that rhymed?  pretty cool eh?)…

From the perspective of three generations, this play could have been worse, it could have been better.  Sherlock Holmes & The First English Gentleman has potential, but also a broad area with room to improve (including cutting the painful chant at the beginning.)  It also had a plethora of humorous moments.

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