I wrote many witty comments about the first two days of fringing, but somehow they vanished into the ether. So here comes a much abbreviated version.
Darwin versus Rednecks – Srewart Huff is a standup comedian from Kentucky so he knows his rednecks. He also is a liberal, so his southern perspective is different and hilarious. 5
Balls of Yarns – We added this one on the recommendation of Stewart Huff. Described as David Lynch meets The Wizaed of Oz. Strange but funny. I especially liked the liebraries and truthbraries. 4
Midsummer Night’s Fever- mix up Shakespeare and Saturday Night Fever and this is what you get. A very large cast from Winnipeg. Some excellent performances, but overall average. Loved the mechanicals performance of Macho Man. 3
Chris Funk Live – a great magician with a terrific patter and some truly impressive illusions. Worth watching for. 5
Jesus Christ: the Lost Years – two women play all the parts, providing the answers to the question about how Jesus reacted when he learned about the virgin birth? And where was he between 13 and 30? Not a show for believers, but great for the atheist in you. 5
Death, a Romantic Comedy Written and performed by Rob Gee. A very funny, multi perspective story about drinking, death, love and a missing pacemaker. 5
How Hard Could That Be? Trent Arterberry is a mime and this is the story of his life in words and mime. He is both a great story teller and a great mime. The walls are real. His mime of his birth was great, and his adventure in the aquarium in Boston was hilarious. He played himself and the shark! 5
God is a Scottish Drag Queen – Mike Delamont is at his best. Dressed in a power suit, with bare feet, he delivers the truth behind God’s little mysteries and a funny commentary on life today. 5
One Man Pride and Prejudice – Charles Ross plays all the roles, drawing on every movie version including the zombie one. He is a very talented comedian and this was a great show. 5
Hamlet – Knavish Productions of Winnipeg brought us this terific production of Hamlet in 90 minutes. Everything important was there. I know it was heavily edited, but I did not miss anything. Hamlet was played by Miranda Baran who was one of the best Hamlet’s I have seen. 5
Sex? But I’m Canadian! – Stuart McLean tells stories about the sex life of Dale and Marnie. No vulgar language in a show that is titillatingly funny! People started laughing as soon as he opened his mouth and continued to the very end. Comedian Nick Dicecco has great talent as a storyteller and mimic. 5
Fallen from the Toy Box – a flautist, a bass trombone player and a percussionist (drums and xylophone) are all dancers. The show is an ode to the joys of being a child. Great fun for adults and kids! 5
The Most Unlikely Comedian – Adam Schwartz is possibly the world’s only autistic comedian. His stories about dealing with autism as a child and as an adult are funny and sad. But you leave the show happy that he has found a community and a career that will never make him rich, but that he loves. 4
The War of 1812 – This story is a favorite of Canadians everywhere. We beat the Americans and burnt the White House. Well, the British did because we technically did not exist yet, but still… in these times of Trump, we all like a chance to put down our neighbours. And when the show is silly and vulgar and even Trump makes an appearance, what more could you want? 5
Adding it all up – we saw 14 shows out of a possible 180 (not counting the kids shows or the free outdoor busker shows). There were 29 venues, ranging from the Royal MTC to a basement room in an office building and the second floor of a pub. We had one day of rain and four days of perfect weather. We ate too much food truck food, but didn’t drink much at all. The sum: we had a great time!