It feels a little weird to write a wrap-up because technically I am not done. I have a hold-over show to go to this Saturday so that means it's technically still Fringe, right? I have to say, I was very pleased with the line up for hold-overs this year. I think they really represent some of the best work that was presented this year - best in that the companies involved worked hard and went the extra mile to produce something that was artistically excellent. It's also very diverse, which I like, as I think it represents the diversity of what Fringe goers want to see. Also, all of the shows held-over made my Word of Mouth posts which tells me that they were the kinds of shows that a Fringe Goer would tell someone to go to!
You can find the Hold-Overs here.
So, as I look back, here are the shows that resonated the most with me from this year's Fringe Festival. Bear in mind I did not see everything (I think I saw 27 shows in addition to my own 2):
DogFight - This show left me crying. Other than the seating, it felt like so much more than a Fringe show.
McCrackin 2: The Whackining - Going to this show felt like an event. The theatre was packed and even before the show started there was an electricity. Then it started and was deliciously ridiculous!
eleven-oh-four - Best new work I saw this Fringe. Creepy and hilarious.
Flora and Fawna - Hilarious and touching. No Mean Girls!
Red Wine, French Toast and the Best Sex You've Ever Had - such a cool show - surprising, athletic, emotional and whimsical.
3... 2... 1... - This was the last show I saw of Fringe and it was well worth the wait. It's a tightrope of a show that requires excellent direction and acting or else it could easily be a disaster. Luckily, with Wayne Paquette at the helm and Jamie Cavanaugh and Chris W. Cook on stage it veered close enough to the edge to keep us pulled in, but never went off into melodrama.
Anyhow, I hope you all had a great Fringe. I know I did. Two shows was a little much for me to manage, but luckily I had great teams to help them come together and run! See you next August!