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Theatre Reviews

One long­time Fringer told me that he would pre­fer hav­ing a 2 pm time show­time instead of 10 pm because there is less com­pe­ti­tion (few­er shows) dur­ing the after­noon and also because the Win­nipeg Fringe has been around for a long time (32 years), it has an old­er audi­ence, many of which go home around 10 to get a good night’s sleep. He did qual­i­fy it by say­ing some shows (like come­dies and improv) do well in a late time slot, but many shows have trou­ble bring­ing in late night crowds. He even told me that the 7 pm time slot isn’t as lucra­tive as it once was because most of the addi­tion­al bring your own venues run only evening shows.

Fire Alarm

The big crowd on Ban­natyne near Main Street yes­ter­day after­noon around 1:40 pm was not for a Fringe show, but peo­ple who had to evac­u­ate the McKim build­ing when the fire alarm went off. That build­ing is home to venues 8 and 9 and result­ed in the 1:45 per­for­mance of Pull Your­self Togeth­er being can­celled and the 2 pm per­for­mance of The Beau­ty and the Lone­ly Beast start­ing late.

Bar None

It was great to see sev­er­al kids at the King’s Head Pub last night to see One Man Star Wars Tril­o­gy. Nor­mal­ly, kids aren’t allowed into a bar, but Star Wars is so icon­ic and I’m glad that par­ents and kids are able to share that expe­ri­ence.

Bonus Show

Tonight at mid­night, Fringe per­form­ers come togeth­er for their annu­al cabaret at the MTC Ware­house. It’s a fun show where per­form­ers try out new mate­r­i­al and it’s also a fundrais­er for the fes­ti­val.

Round Table

Be sure to catch our team of review­ers dis­cussing their favourite Fringe show tonight between 8 and 9 pm on 101.5 FM or umfm​.com.

Quote of the Day

I stopped tak­ing my meds because I could­n’t remem­ber to take them on my own.“

From The ADHD Project (Venue 7).