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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Where the Wild Things Fringe - Word of Mouth - Tuesday, August 20th

Some new titles popped up yesterday, I think because different 'types' of shows produce different audiences. Check out yesterday's Word of Mouth recommendations:

- Babble On
- Hello (I heard this one A LOT yesterday)
- Rose Petals and Ashes
- For Science!
- Muttnik
- Josephine
- Chase Padgett - Heart Attacks ad Other Blessings
- Hotel Vortruba
- Larry (I think I have heard this one every day)
- Hits Like a Girl
- Reality Crack
- Field Zoology 101
- Promise and Promiscuity
- Are You Loving It
- Can of Worms
- You are Happy
- Merk Deux Soleil

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Feel free to leave your Word of Mouth Recommendations in the comments (in case I don't see YOU n the line ups!)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Word of Mouth - Where the Wild Things Fringe - Monday, August 19!

In fewer lines today but chatted with a few people in audiences! Here are Monday's Word of Mouth Recommendations:

- Queen Lear is Dead
- Juliet: A Revenge Comedy
- Larry
- For Science!
- Mind Games: Brain Bending Magic
- Dandelion
- Someone Will Win a Car
- Crescendo!
- You are Happy
- Playthings
- yegDND
- Hello
- 13 Dead Dreams of "Eugene"

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Where the Wild Things Fringe - Word of Mouth - Sunday, August 18

Many of these Word of Mouth recommendations come from the North Beer Tent - always a great place to pick up suggestions for 'what to see'! Check out some these shows that were recommended to me as I visited in the Beer Tent, waited in lines, and sat in shows (all discussion was before the show started!)...

Word of Mouth - Sunday, Aug 18:
- Boy Trouble
- Zach Adams
- Kevin, King of Egypt
- Killing Jar
- Larry
- 7 Days
- Juliet: A Revenge Comedy
- Colin Mochrie and Friends
- Eye Candy
- Jung and Crazy
- Playthings
- Chase Breyer
- Didn't Hurt
- Flora and Fawna Have Beaver Fever (and so does Fleurette)
- Hack
- Queen Lear is Dead
- Triassic Park

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Where the Wild Things Fringe - 3 Days In and 13 Shows Deep!

I'm having a wonderful time at the Fringe this year! It's a great benefit to have the time off to really deep dive into a wide variety of shows and it has made for a nice little roller coaster so far!

I kicked off the Fringe on Thursday night with 2 shows at the Varscona Hotel. The Big Bright is a new musical which combines musical theatre with clowning tropes and explores the impact of advertising and media on self-esteem. Whimsical costumes and biting humour are highlights of this show. Be warned, despite the costume aesthetic, it is not for kids! It was an interesting and out-of-the-box way to explore the issues of self and media. I followed that up with Never Swim Alone - a Canadian classic by Daniel MacIvor. This is a perfect script, and if you haven't seen it, I recommend checking out this tightly directed and well-performed piece.

Friday was another great grab-bag of shows for me. I started with World's Wife featuring a trio of excellent actresses performing monologues from many women of history. There was much humour in the creative approach to each character and situation complete with musical introduction and clever costuming. I detoured into children's theatre with an original new musical called Baba Yaga. It was very clever and funny and the cast were all delightful singers. I took in Suspension, another new work with an absurdist sensibility and fine acting. It's a hard one to explain, and it's best to see this one with no spoilers. If you enjoy long form improv you might enjoy my next show, The Trip, which gets suggestions from the audience for a journey based improvised story. It's different every time, so you'll have to see yourself what it will be! I always like to check out a few dance shows at the Fringe, as I rarely get to them during the regular season. SWIPE is a stunning piece that kept me entirely engaged - humorous, relate-able, with beautiful choreography. I closed the day off with Local Diva, another new work from an up-and-coming young playwright, this one about being gay and growing up in Alberta.

Saturday started with the very funny sketch comedy of Girl Brain Takes the Fringe! The laughs kept coming with Triassic Parq, an ridiculously funny musical about cloned dinosaurs in a frictional park (yes, it should feel familiar). It's definitely not for children, but in a good and irreverent way! I refuse to feel guilty for laughing so much, and man-oh-man can they all sing! Speaking of singing, I followed that up with Crescendo!, another new musical, this one about choral singing. As a former choir member I could relate to a lot of it, and the music is lovely. After that I ran to King Edward School to catch Red, the brilliant two-hander about Mark Rothko. It's such a good script and this show is very well directed and well performed. If you haven't seen Red, I would recommend checking it out - it's an ambitious piece for a Fringe show and this company does a wonderful job with it. Finally I wrapped up my day with The Trophy Hunt, a trio of monologues about trophy hunting told from the perspective of three very different concerned parties. It was sharp and funny and visually stunning.

Where the Wild Things Fringe - Word of Mouth - Saturday, August 17

One of the benefits of seeing such a wide variety of shows at the Fringe is that I talk to very different people who like different things. It was cool to hear so many shows as I asked people in the line ups and in audiences about what they'd seen and what they'd recommend (Note: they are not allowed to tell me a show that they are personally involved in!).

Here's today's Word of Mouth Recommendations:
- Josephine
- Second City Presents ... She the People
- Martin Dockery (You Belong Here)
- Gordon's Big Bald Head
- Two
- The World's Wife
- The Walk in the Snow
- The Legend of White Woman Creek
- Colin Mochrie and Friends
- The Thin Grey Line
- Larry
- Check Me Out
- She's Not Him and He's Not Her
- Pack Animals
- Martin Dockery (The Surprise)
- The Bald Soprano
- Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me but Banjos Saved My Life
- Chase Padgett

Link to the Fringe website for tickets.