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Theatre Reviews

There was a lot I liked about last night at the Fringe.

1. The Globe Cin­e­ma has­n’t changed one bit. Even though it has been closed for years, it still has com­fort­able seats and air con­di­tion­ing.

2. I loved how Portage Place was pro­mot­ing the Fringe with posters taped onto their street lev­el doors. This might help bring in new audi­ences to the Fringe.

3. Six sell­outs on open­ing night is impres­sive, with four of them occur­ring at the two venues inside Prairie The­atre Exchange. I won­der if peo­ple who were turned away at PTE went next door to the Globe Cin­e­ma.

4. Every venue should have a recy­cling bin for pro­grams, just like venue 4 does.

5. The after­noon rain thank­ful­ly end­ed just before the Fringe start­ed and cooled things off nice­ly. It was a very pleas­ant evening. Per­fect Fringe weath­er.

6. It was nice to see per­form­ers not just hand­billing last night but also per­form­ing in char­ac­ter. Tim Bour­gard (Old Fart) was play­ing music out­side the Globe Cin­e­ma and Mar­cus Ryan daz­zled an audi­ence with some incred­i­ble card tricks out­side The Cin­e­math­eque.

7. Ger­ald Williams added a nice touch to his show. Before his ter­rif­ic show How I Mur­dered My Moth­er, he came out into the lob­by, hand­ed out pro­grams and answered ques­tions from the audi­ence. He and I had a great con­ver­sa­tion about how he acci­den­tal­ly became an actor — it was a pitch meet­ing for a tour­ing play he was putting togeth­er and the actors did­n’t show up so he had to sell the show him­self. The direc­tor told him that he should per­form that sto­ry him­self and the rest is his­to­ry.

8. Sev­er­al peo­ple were danc­ing to the music of Romi Mayes in Old Mar­ket Square. I can’t imag­ine a more beau­ti­ful way to end the night.

Quote of the Day

You don’t know if elder­ly peo­ple are smil­ing or frown­ing.“

From A Sun­shine Odyssey (Venue 19).