By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca
Oh no, it’s true. The Fringe ends Sunday. But if your GPS went wonky and you haven’t managed to arrive at Destination Fringe yet, or your might-have-seen’s haven’t quite materialized, regrets are premature. You’ve had a reprieve.
Some of the most intriguing shows and performances at the 41st annual edition of the Edmonton Fringe are held-over next week, in two different curations in two different locales.
The Holdover Series is presented by the Fringe itself, and it includes four shows, each with two performance in the Westbury Theatre (aka Stage 1) Wednesday through Saturday Aug. 24 to Aug. 27. The Pansy Cabaret, Guys in Disguise’s re-creation of the remarkably vivid queer and drag culture of a century ago in New York, is one. See the 12thnight review here.
Six Chick Flicks is a high-speed send-up of six faves, in 60 minutes, by two dexterous women. The 12thnight review is here. Epidermis Circus is the ingenious work of Victoria’s SNAFU, in which puppeteer Ingrid Hansen creates the entire cast of puppet characters from her own hands (and other body parts), plus mirrors and cameras. See the 12thnight review here.
The fourth show in the Holdover Series, iHuman Studios Fringe Remix featuring Sample Cafe is an original, created specially for the occasion. It’s a showcase for the participants of the Fringe’s now Youth Empowerment Program, and includes a live visual art installation featuring the Fringe’s new street art wall. It features Creeasian x Sampler Cafe, broken-beat specialists who’ve performed through the Fringe in the Indigenous péhonán series.
For the full schedule, information, and tickets: fringetheatre.ca.
At the Varscona Theatre (BYOV Stage 11 in Fringe lingo), Teatro La Quindicina’s season finale revival of the Stewart Lemoine beautifully unusual 2003 comedy The Margin of the Sky Wednesday is held over Aug. 23 through Sunday Aug. 28. There’s additional poignance attached to the run. The Margin of the Sky is the last time Teatro will ever be at the Fringe, where the company was born in 1982. Curtain time each night is 7 p.m., with an extra 2 p.m. matinee performance the Sunday of the run. Read the 12thnight review here. Tickets: teatroq.com.
Held-over at the Varscona, too, is Ghouls Ghouls Ghouls, an original Fringe creation that marries burlesque to the ghostly tradition, by the combined forces of Send in the Girls Burlesque and House of Hush. There are two performances, Aug. 25 and 26, 9:15 p.m. Tickets: fringetheatre.ca.
[Grindstone’s holdover plans have fallen through, reports that theatre.]