Tag Archives: Todd Babiak

A new company, a new play: A Town Called Umbra, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

A Town Called Umbra (Stage 11, Studio Theatre) In most cities, a new theatre company launches with an ambitious version of an existing play, something classic and accessible. Most cities are not Edmonton, where a new theatre company nearly always … Continue reading

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Love, loss, and stories that sneak up to grab your heart: Martin Dockery’s Delirium, A guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Martin Dockery: Delirium (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) As Martin Dockery welcomes us into the bare theatre, his only prop a water bottle, he doesn’t bother with any artifice. He is Martin, we are who we are, hey man, hi guys, … Continue reading

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Fun at the apocalypse, and a Fringe discovery for reviewer Todd Babiak! Today, For Now, a review

Today, For Now (Stage 7, Yardbird Suite) We are haunted by a prospect of a huge asteroid hitting the earth and killing everyone. Why? Maybe the dinosaurs. Maybe because we are sickos. Writers and directors have addressed themselves to the … Continue reading

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Let the experts make you laugh: TEDxRFT, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

TEDxRFT(Stage 11, Nordic Studio Theatre) A TED talk, if you have escaped the phenomenon, is an opportunity for someone who knows a lot about something to talk about it for twenty minutes, usually without notes, usually with slides. These are … Continue reading

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A gentle, playful musical folktale for little kids: Fossegrim & Nøkk, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Fossegrim & Nøkk (Stage 6, Strathcona Community League) An adventurous little girl named Saga is burdened by an unadventurous mother. All Saga can do is sing to herself, at night, about the magical world outside her bedroom window. Until a … Continue reading

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“Ludicrously entertaining” and at the heart of Fringehood: Gordon’s Big Bald Head, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Gordon’s Big Bald Head: New World Hors d’oeuvres (Stage 12, Nordic Studio Theatre) It’s mysterious why Edmonton and its promotional machines have not sold the Fringe Festival more passionately outside the city’s borders. This local invention is the biggest and … Continue reading

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Fun in roommate hell: Terms and Conditions, a guest 12thnight Fringe review by Todd Babiak

Terms & Conditions (Stage 18, Sugar Swing Ballroom — Main Floor) It is terribly awkward to move in with a stranger. They don’t have the same taste in music, the same interest in cleaning, the same attitude toward houseplants. We … Continue reading

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The weird world of WASP: A 2thnight Fringe guest review by Todd Babiak

WASP (Stage 5, King Edward Elementary School) By Todd Babiak The white protestant family has a lot to answer for and much of it is on display in WASP, Steve Martin’s 1990s take on the 1950s. Dad is cruel, sexist, … Continue reading

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With Glowing Hearts: uncorseting Canadian feminist history. A guest Fringe review by Todd Babiak

With Glowing Hearts: A Canadian Burlesque Revue (Stage 22, Garneau Theatre) by Todd Babiak Nellie McClung, played by Ellen Chorley, is a hyper-aware woman. Yes, she helped change the lives of millions of women in Canada and around the world. … Continue reading

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Fringe guest review: Beau and Aero: Crash Landing

Beau & Aero: Crash Landing (Stage 3, Walterdale Theatre) by Todd Babiak An airplane crashes on the stage. Beau (David Cantor) helps his co-pilot Aero (Amica Hunter) to her feet and they do what any incompetent aviators would do. They … Continue reading

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