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The Fringe, and fringers, are back! The curtain comes down tonight

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca If Fringe director Murray Utas is looking a little dazed — a rarefied combo of surprise, delight, and fatigue — who can blame him? It’s the last day of Destination Fringe, the 41st annual edition of … Continue reading

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A last weekend at the Fringe: how did THAT happen? See some shows!

By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca How on earth did it happen? Amazingly, it’s the final weekend of Destination Fringe. So much theatre, so little time. True, the Fringe has been unfailing creative, non-stop, about not vanishing during The Great Pause. But … Continue reading

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And there’s more … Fringe holdovers next week in two locations

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 … Continue reading

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Gathering dreams: Dreamers Cantata, a new revue from the Plain Janes. A Fringe review

Dreamer’s Cantata – A New Revue (Stage 11, Varscona Theatre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca What would we do without the Plain Janes?  In addition to their excavations in the corners of the musical theatre repertoire where the forgotten or neglected, … Continue reading

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Insights honed to a knife edge: Horseface, a Fringe review

Horseface (Stage 14, La Cité Auditorium) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca At the heart of this whip-cracking solo show is a smile — wide, tight-lipped, ambiguously ulterior. This is what seething looks like when it’s smiling. In this funny sharp-eyed solo … Continue reading

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And put your hands together for … Jesus Teaches Us Things, a Fringe review

Jesus Teaches Us Things (Stage 16, Sue Paterson Theatre, Campus Saint Jean) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You’ve got to hand it to Jesus. He’s more famous for his exits, right? (well, exit singular really). But the guy really knows how … Continue reading

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Inner critics be gone! Ellie Heath takes charge in Fake n’ Bake, a Fringe review

Fake n’ Bake (Stage 28, Lorne Cardinal Theatre at the Roxy) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Here’s a solo show for a likeable, vivacious woman, who arrives onstage to tell us a story, wow, trailing her own personal Greek chorus. They’re … Continue reading

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Celebrating a vibrant culture erased by homophobia: The Pansy Cabaret from Guys in Disguise, a Fringe review

The Pansy Cabaret (Stage 27, Nancy Power Theatre at the Roxy) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca You just can’t go through the world assuming that drag shows will have overtures that are collections of vintage jaunty Edwardian songs played from a … Continue reading

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The underwater world of depression: Pressure, a Fringe review

Pressure (Stage 28, Lorne Cardinal Theatre at the Roxy) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca Grace has somehow lost her footing on terra firma. She’s underwater, immersed in another element, fathomless, paralyzing, pressurized, where the ordinary rules of engagement do not apply. … Continue reading

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Meowsa! Grindstone gets its paws all over the sacred Broadway canon: (Thunder)CATS, a Fringe review

(Thunder)CATS (Stage 18, Luther Centre) By Liz Nicholls, 12thnight.ca In this inspired piece of Cats burglary, the forces that brought us Jason Kenney’s Hot Boy Summer get their paws all over a musical theatre blockbuster that’s had way more than … Continue reading

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