Last night I began the evening with Tuesdays With Morrie produced at the Walterdale Playhouse by Leo Llama Productions. It was a loving and sincere production that got me a little choked up at all the right places (and from the sniffling in the audience, I was not alone). Well performed and well directed it fit nicely onto the Walterdale Stage. I was so glad to get tickets as it sold out quickly, but fortunately a friend of a friend had two extra tickets to sell - Whew!
We had a little supper to fill our 2 hour break and then we were off to see Truck Theatre's Or, at OSPAC. It started a little on the wordy side, but luckily the three actors were very strong and could handle the dialogue. It's a sexy little piece about Aphra Behn (played by Kristy Hansen), former spy and one of the first women playwrights in the world of Charles II. It was a show that was best when Garrett Ross' and Clarice Eckford's multitudes of characters went in and out seamlessly with us never knowing who was going to come in the room next. It was a fun, sexy romp which touched on the sexual politics of the day in love, life and work.
At this point I am patting myself on the back for picking good stuff... so far no duds!
I do have some Fringe pet-peeves to vent. Please people, leave your dogs at home. It's too crazy at the Fringe Site for dogs and I have seen some huge ones and ones that have not been very well controlled (one was literally dragging it's owner all over the place - definitely not ready for a crowded fringe site), but beyond that, even if you are sure your dog is 'fine', some people are not comfortable around dogs they do not know and this is not a place you expect to see them At the very least, be attentive to how people are reacting to your dog and not make them have to make the huge path around you. It's my pet peeve, but I thought that was the official fringe rule for the site so I was quite shocked to encounter 7 dogs in less than 10 minutes on Thursday night.
Here is the official Fringe "Policy" (from their website):
PETS ON SITEOnly service animals are allowed in theatres and welcome on site. We strongly recommend that all other pets stay at home.
- The Fringe site can be quite crowded and chaotic which is dangerous for both pets and patrons.
- Weather on site can be unpredictable and extreme which is dangerous for animals.
- There are no on-site provisions for water for animals.
- Pet disposition may vary and some adults and children are afraid of animals. We want the site to be a fun and safe place for everyone!
- The site features food preparation and animals pose a potential public health risk.
- Animals are not permitted in theatres, Beer Tents or the Wine & Spirits Tent. Leave your pet at home so you can enjoy the Festival to its fullest!
Third Pet Peeve: Smoking in the crowds watching the outdoor shows. It's gross for the rest of us. Go somewhere else. Sorry, I know it's an addiction, but you are ruining my experience and when I leave before the end of the outdoor performance because I can't handle your smoke then that performer doesn't get my money. I hope you are putting in double in the hat to cover for that.
So that's my rant... Enjoy your fringe!