Thoughts from Opening Night - July 18, 2019
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).