Thoughts From Day Seven - My Personal Top Ten List
It’s Thursday afternoon and so far I’ve seen 45 Fringe shows. I’ve had a few really good days at the Fringe and a few mediocre days. Here is my own personal top ten list of my favourite Fringe shows.
1. Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior (Venue 11) — It’s really hard to tell a story about racism without sounding preachy. But Monica Ogden’s personal stories are powerful. And she shows how little the world is willing to change.
2. Palabra Flamenco: Fox Woman
(Venue 12) — Incredible guitar playing and lively tap dancing bring to life this folk tale about a woman and a hunter.
3. Diary of a Monster Kid (Venue 26) — A ten year old boy discovers his passion for horror movies. The show is full of funny stories about growing up.
4. El Diablo of the Cards (Venue 5) — El Diablo oozes energy in this hour of card tricks. I have never seen a magician connect so well with an audience.
5. The 500 List (Venue 25) — A beautiful story about the joy of traveling with friends to new places and meeting new people. And Ryan Adam Wells’ songs nicely complement his stories.
6. Commando: The Radio Play (Venue 11) — The Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie is magically transformed into a radio play, with actors reading off scripts and live sound effects. The actors do a terrific job with different voices and the sound effects are incredibly inventive. Pure fun.
7. Strokes of Genius (Venue 23) — A dark comedy about two stroke survivors rehabilitating in our health care system. It’s not only very funny, but I kept asking myself “Did they really say that?“
8. THREE (Venue 23) — Another terrific movement piece from this talented trio. I loved how this group conveys tension not only with their faces but also their bodies.
9. The ADHD Project (Venue 7) — A story about a young child growing up with attention deficit disorder that manages to be both funny and life affirming.
10. Pull Yourself Together (Venue 8) — A dance show that is full of attitude and pokes fun at the idea a woman needs makeup to be beautiful.
There are a couple of bonus shows happening this week at Wee Johnny’s. Storyteller J.D. Renaud is performing a show full of stories that didn’t appear in his previous shows tonight at midnight (suggested price $10). Also, Jay & Eytan are presenting a bonus show Saturday at 11:30 pm (tickets $10).
Respecting the Audience
Yesterday, during his one-person comedy How I Killed My Nan, performer Dion Arnold warned the audience that we’ve reached the scheduled show length of one hour. He further added that there is about 12 minutes left in the show, but if you need to leave to catch another show, he will not be offended. Only one person left. I’ve never seen a performer do that, but that is a wonderful touch, because Fringe shows are tightly scheduled and some people have their next show starting shortly after their previous one ends.
Quote of the Day
“In Toronto, everybody likes coffee, the Raptors and not being able to afford real estate.“From Bad Baby Presents: Rules Control the Fun (Venue 3).
That concludes our Fringe coverage on umfm.com. I hope you’ve found our reviews helpful. Enjoy the last four days of the Fringe and we will see you next year.