Thoughts From The Fringe - July 27
2. Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play (Venue 16) — This show depicts the incredible life of African American cabaret singer and burlesque dancer Josephine Baker. It is playful, sexy and unexpectedly thoughtful in how it discusses racism.
3. AWKWARD HUG (Venue 11) — Cory Thibert alternates between several story lines including attending university, moving, being involved in his first serious relationship and finding out about his parents’ past. The material is easily relatable yet extremely funny.
4. OK, Probably (Venue 3) — a mature show about how mental illness affects the friendship between two sisters. I loved how the storyline involving the caregiver being overburned just silently crept into this show.
5. Cock Tales: Shame on Me! (Venue 12) — about the sexual encounters of a young girl from a conservative, religious background. This show strikes a lovely balance between funny and deadly serious.
6. Carmen and Don Jose: A Tale of Love and Murder (Venue 29) — the story of Carmen told with English dialogue and the original French songs. There is a refined elegance to this show that you normally do not see at the Fringe.
7. Cranbourne (Venue 5) — about the craziness of life in small town Quebec. This show has several weird yet extremely hilarious stories.
8. Terms & Conditions (Venue 17) — a funny physical comedy about two roommates who fight over everything. This show had one of the best endings I’ve seen in a long time.
9. Old Dyke Tales (Venue 11) — a beautiful yet bittersweet story about a woman who was punished by her family, friends and community for coming out as a lesbian in the 1970s.
10. The Merkin Sisters (Venue 17) — while this show pretends to be high art, it’s really a series of very funny visual sex gags.
Quote of the Day
From Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play (Venue 16).
I hoped you have enjoyed UMFM’s coverage of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. Enjoy the final three days of the festival and we’ll see you next year.