Thoughts From Night Five - July 23, 2018
Monday July 23 — Thoughts from the Opening Weekend
It’s Monday afternoon. We’re at the half way point of the Fringe. From what I’ve seen, the shows have been pretty well attended. This year, I’ve seen some surprisingly well attended weekday matinees. I also saw good crowds during the various rain storms. Of the 32 shows I’ve seen, here are a few of my favourites (in alphabetical order):
Carmen and Don Jose: A Tale of Love and Murder (Venue 29) — the story of Carmen is elegantly told with some of the most famous music and songs ever recorded.
Cock Tales: Shame on Me! (Venue 12) — about a young girl growing up in a conservatively religious family and her discoveries about sexuality. This show finds the perfect balance between comedy and drama.
Confessional (Venue 29) — a well done but depressing drama about eight lowlife characters.
I Think I’m Dead (Venue 11) — about a young man battling insomnia for 15 years. It’s full of funny stories and Al Lafrance is bursting with energy.
Inauguration Vacation (Venue 4) — a story about an American who becomes an active protestor during the Trump presidency. It’s both funny and timely.
Old Dyke Tales (Venue 11) — a powerful story about a woman who is shunned by her family, friends and community when she comes out as a lesbian during the 1970s.
Terms & Conditions (Venue 17) — a beautiful movement piece about two roommates who fight over everything.
Blowing in the Wind
We’ve had quite a bit of rain and wind this week and I’ve seen quite a few posters loosely hanging on for dear life. Even before the rain arrived on Thursday, I did see several posters coming undone. When in doubt, it’s always better to use extra tape.
I’ve seen all three shows in Venue 28 (lower level of Forth). Upstairs is the restaurant and while attending shows downstairs, we occasionally hear patrons talking and shuffling around. But the most annoying sound had to be people walking on the floor with high heels. I must admit that it did seem odd to hear these noises while watching an existential play like Animosity about two people who are secluded in an unknown place and time.
Quote of the Day
“If that story was written today, something would have happened by now.”