by Hallie Seline, Bailey Green, Brittany Kay, Madryn McCabe
As another incredible Toronto Fringe Festival draws to a close, we wanted to share some of the In the Greenroom gals’ favourite shows, should it inspire your final Fringe days. It has been a pleasure immersing ourselves in the Fringe spirit – racing from venue to venue, meeting new friends in the Fringe Alley or in various Fringe lines and discovering incredible artists as well as watching those we already knew share what they love with another year of Fringe-goers. Here are some of our Fringe Favourites, in no particular order.
Morro and Jasp Do Puberty
Simply delightful! These clown sisters are such open, super smart performers, who embrace the chaos of growing up in weird and wonderful ways with a playful spirit that invites the audience to come along for the ride. These gals are truly great at what they do and had us smiling from ear to ear ever since.
Shows: Patron’s Pick show – Sunday July 12 at 9:15
In Case We Disappear
We’ve been likening the captivating Vanessa Smyth’s performance to a wonderful glass of wine since seeing her intimate piece of storytelling, song and spoken word poetry. It’s really something to watch. Smyth is so open and welcoming, confident and charming as she shares this unique performance with her audience. We loved it!
SwordPlay: A Play of Swords
Amazing physical comedy and sharp performances including some improv, beard-nuzzles, and a killer GOT Little Finger impression. Anyone who’s played those old-school video games will get a real kick out of this but definitely worth checking out even if you aren’t a huge video-game fan. Really inventive work. We had a super enjoyable time.
Shows: July 11 at 04:00 PM
This is a Fringe show of epic proportions, Fringe-wise. With a cast of 100 teens INCLUDING a rotating cast of main characters, the sheer scale of this mystical musical is something to see. Watching that many young performers sing and dance their hearts out on stage together is a true joy to experience. Filled with stunning music by the talented Anika Johnson, Barbara Johnston and Suzy Wilde, we hope this continues to develop and finds life in the main stages! Hello, Mirvish! Hello, Broadway!
July 11 at 07:30 PM
July 12 at 02:00 PM
The Untitled Sam Mullins Project
Sam Mullins knows how to draw his audience in, connecting with every seat in the house. The writing was sharp, charming and honest. Mullins’ stories transport you to other places and times, and then leave you to reflect on your own quirks, fears, joys and heartbreaks.
Show: July 11 at 11:30 PM
Hamlet… A Puppet Epic!
Hamlet…A Puppet Epic! has laugh-out-loud humour for all ages, the Bard and awesome puppets. You’ve never seen Hamlet like this. The ensemble cast performs with an infectious energy. It’s no small feat to fill a theatre with families and then keep them all spellbound for an hour. It doesn’t talk down to the kids at all, and there are plenty of jokes for the adults. We also get the best explanation for Polonius’ decision to hid behind a curtain that we’ve ever heard. True theatre magic from Shakey-Shake and Friends.
July 12 at 11:00 AM
Patrons Pick: July 12 at 6:00 PM
One Good Marriage
Becky Shrimpton and Matthew Gin’s performances are thoughtful and witty. They have the best chemistry of a staged married couple we’ve seen in a long time. The dialogue is quick and navigates the comedy and tragedy deftly. Definitely worth seeing.
July 11 at 07:30 PM
July 12 at 02:00 PM
July 12 at 07:30 PM
Peter ‘n’ Chris Present: Here Lies Chris
Vancouver based sketch duo, Peter n’ Chris had us laughing from beginning to end. Their use of physical comedy, repetition and sketch characters made their storytelling enjoyable and engaging. Constant Fringe Favourites!
July 11 at 07:30 PM
A Man Walks into a Bar
A Man Walks into a Bar was a meta-theatrical experience that allowed audiences to gain insight on what many waitresses and women at any given job can go through. Rachel Blair’s writing was witty and hilarious, and became extremely thought provoking about male/female interaction. Definitely worthy of Best of Fringe.
Show: July 13 at 9:15 PM
Playwright and actress, Sophia Fabiilli, challenged the notion of femininity and power in epic ways. Every player in this farcical marathon of a comedy was incredible! Fabiilli is one fierce Fringe femme.
July 12 at 04:00 PM
Patrons Pick: July 12 at 9:45 PM
Advanced tickets are sold out but there may be tickets at the door one hour before.
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Bash’d does it again! The ladies call the shots in this silly Shakespeare play and we loved it. A special shout-out goes to Suzette McCanny and Julia Nish-Lapidus who we loved watching delight in their plotting and trickery, and also to the incredible AJ Richardson, whose mastery of text and comedy set up a Ford that added to our sheer joy of watching him and Falstaff be made the fool-of. Great ensemble, appropriately silly Shakespeare play, and perfect setting for Fringe-viewing with beer in hand.
July 11 at 07:00 PM
July 12 at 05:00 PM
The fights are intense, and the relationship between Jackie and her coach is fantastic. The dialogue between them is fast and holds nothing back. The perfect one, two, punch for a Fringe knock-out.
July 11 at 10:00 PM
July 12 at 10:00 PM
The Dinner Table
“Stories open us up to each other”. A truly special and intimate experience, delicious home-cooked meal that was tailored to the guest and a slew of incredible storytellers from the Toronto theatre community. If theatre, for you, is about connection and a sharing of stories, The Dinner Table is for you.
July 11 at 09:00 PM sold out
July 12 at 06:30 PM sold out
Both of the final performances are sold out but there is always a chance at snagging a single ticket at the door.