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Comments: 0Tuesday, August 3, 2010 03:50:54 PM
ShortsCosmo Senior's CentreFour StarsErik de Waal is a master storyteller.  He knows how to capture the attention of an entire room nothing more than a microphone and his voice--and this show is nothing short of spectacular. Erik de Waal’s one-man show, Shorts, is certainly one of the most accessible and traditional of the storytelling shows at the Fringe this year. But in this
Comments: 0Monday, August 2, 2010 07:15:58 PM
BiomeVictoria School NorthThree and a Half StarsReviewing an interpretive dance piece like this is somewhat tricky for me. My background is in theatre and literature. But, while I may not be as well versed in forms of movement as I am theatrical convention, there are some basics of storytelling that I believe transcend artistic disciplines.I’m admitting that a show like this might be, in som
Comments: 0Monday, August 2, 2010 03:45:29 PM
Jessie’s GirlVictoria School SouthTwo and a Half StarsSo what would you do if your best bud’s girl made a move on you?Jessie’s Girl takes the premise of the popular song by Rick Springfield and flips it on its head. Instead of pining over his best friend’s girlfriend, roommate Mike finds himself surprisingly lip-locked to Jessie’s girl, a bold swapping-of-spit that Mi
Comments: 0Monday, August 2, 2010 02:33:20 PM
Jem Roll’s One Man RiotVictoria School NorthThree and Half StarsJem Rolls has found a way to make the terribleness of Thatcher-era politics engaging, interesting, and most of all, entertaining.  Along the way, he manages to weave in his family history, UK politics, police instigation and protest theory into an energy-filled performance, aptly titled One Man Riot.In this piece, Rolls ste
Comments: 0Monday, August 2, 2010 01:45:53 PM
The SputniksVictoriaSchool SouthFive Stars One-hander plays (of which there seem to be a ton at this year’s Fringe) are inherently more risky than those with multiple actors: if a given actor (or the script they’re working with) isn’t up to the task, there’s no one else around to save the show — which generally results in uncomfortable audiences forced to sit thr
Comments: 0Monday, August 2, 2010 01:13:12 PM
The Eternity ProjectVictoria School SouthThree and a Half StarsOne of the great things about any fringe theatre festival is that it provides a forum for young artists to cut their teeth. Writers get to test new material, actors often get to play roles that aren’t always available to them. And, of course, producing a show for the first time almost inevitably comes with a steep learning curve.
Comments: 0Monday, August 2, 2010 12:16:49 PM
 AomegaCosmopolitan Senior Citizen’s centreThree Stars (or One — or Five…?)Yup, that star rating is a complete copout on my part—but in my defence, I’ve been mulling over Daniel Nimmo’s one-man play Aomega for almost 24 hours now, and I still haven’t the foggiest as to whether it’s brilliant or a disaster. Maybe it’s both.In other words,
Comments: 0Sunday, August 1, 2010 05:20:06 PM
Prairie Song: An Indian Cinderella StoryVictoria School SouthThree StarsPauline Whitehead’s retelling of the classic Cinderella story is both clever and well envisioned.  We’re taken back to the plains of North America long before the white man first stepped on these shores. Tribes of Aboriginal people migrate, waring with feuding nations, aligning with others. This world is
Comments: 0Sunday, August 1, 2010 12:17:41 PM
First of all, a warning: being a “just on time” kinda person is a serious liability when it comes to trying to review a play as popular as Die Roten Punkte (get to this one early!). Grumble — I hate it when my misfortunes are clearly my own fault.That being said, here’s a few random fringe observations from a night spent wandering the festival area, rather than seeing the p
Comments: 0Sunday, August 1, 2010 01:27:56 AM
The Unhappy BaristaVictoria School SouthTwo StarsSo, when you’re working a dead end job, which you hate, and the opportunity of a lifetime comes along, the opportunity of your dreams even, do you consider turning it down?I didn’t think so.I get what playwright/performer Amy J. Lester is trying to say with this show. There can be a certain amount of trepidation or fear one feels when re
Comments: 0Sunday, August 1, 2010 12:38:21 AM
Pig of HappinessVictoria School SouthFour StarsIt’s probably a good sign that after walking out of a show called, Pig of Happiness, the general feeling was, well, happy.  And it’s not that kind of Disneyland induced happy where you feel like puking because you’ve eaten too much deep fried crap and then went on a rollercoaster, or saw some kid kick Mickey Mouse in the groin.&
Comments: 0Saturday, July 31, 2010 07:48:16 PM
 WanderlustBroadway TheatreFour StarsWho doesn’t love a good story?  Better yet, who doesn’t want to be  part of a good story?  Who doesn’t want a life-changing experience to happen to them?  Who doesn’t want be part of dramatic epiphany that changes the very fabric of your soul? These kinds of meta-fictional questions set the backdrop for Mart
Comments: 0Saturday, July 31, 2010 01:46:50 PM
UnADULTeRATED MeVictoria School NorthOne StarI really want to let Fizzy Tif, our clown heroine of UnADULTeRATED Me, down easy. After all, there are some good base elements she has to work with. It’s a great premise: our cute clown is planning to go all the way for the first time with Stephan, the man of her dreams. Wanting her big night to go off without a hitch, she writes a script for how
Comments: 0Saturday, July 31, 2010 12:04:53 PM
Rum and VodkaBroadway TheatreFour StarsBoy, I’ll tell ya, I’m a fan of great dialogue. The ‘wordsmithery’ of it all. There’s so much going on in a piece of great dialogue: moving the story forward, revealing insight about the character speaking, informing the social/economic/political climates of the world of the play. And, if the dialogue is really good, I mean fan-f
Comments: 0Saturday, July 31, 2010 11:12:15 AM
Michael and KarenBroadway TheatreTwo Stars Playwright Paul Rancourt deserves serious kudos for coming up with a truly unique idea to construct a play around — it’s just unfortunate he didn’t actually construct a plot to go along with it.Michael and Karen stems from a brilliant bit of “what if?” — as in, “what if Meat Loaf and Karen Carpenter had had a
Comments: 0Friday, July 30, 2010 05:53:16 AM
When Harry Met HarryVictoria School NorthThree and Half StarsI think we all have a little obsessive-compulsive disorder in us.  Whether it’s the way we answer our telephone only after it has rang exactly three times, or the way we click our pen twice before writing the first sentence, or the way we methodically categorized and classified the rocks we found on the beach when we were kids
Comments: 0Thursday, July 22, 2010 02:34:32 PM
Since when is murder OK? If there is one law that is pretty cut and dry in this our Canadian democracy, it’s that you can’t shoot people.  Period.  It doesn’t matter what terrible things someone does to you or your loved ones you can’t kill him or her.  This is pretty much the basic law upon which our civil society rests.  How is it, then, that afte
Comments: 0Friday, July 9, 2010 07:05:56 PM
4 Signs of the ApocalypseI was in the line at the bank the other day and I overheard these man talking to several strangers about the world ending.  Maybe it was because the old man was the recent recipient of a tracheotomy and was speaking through a bandage on his neck, but the guy kind of scared me. Then I got home and read that day’s paper.  The list of foreboding trends is
Comments: 0Thursday, July 8, 2010 07:30:46 PM
1) I never thought I would say this, but I kind of have some respect for Lindsay Lohan.  I mean she drew “fuck u” in tiny letters on her fingernails and had them facing the cameras of the world while she was in court yesterday.  That’s just kind of awesome. 2) Oh Mel.  Why is it that the day I am doing my first ever celebrity edition blog, you are in the headl
Comments: 0Tuesday, July 6, 2010 12:15:27 PM
Whitworth here. ANGRY Whitworth. And I've got some Whitworth-style outrage (Whitrage?) to lay down. Look out!Do you know about the gruesome military video of a U.S. helicopter gunship slaughtering and wounding Iraqis, including journalists and children? It came out a few months back on the watchdog Web site Wikileaks and it rightfully got some press attention. Not enough, considering this
Comments: 0Thursday, July 1, 2010 02:40:41 PM
Is there finally a model that will take over Internet TV?  And make money?Yesterday, authorities in the US shut down nine websites accused of movie and TV piracy in a massive sweep against online streaming.  I for one, know that at least two of these websites—tvshack.net and ninjavideo.net—are guilty as charged.  Up until yesterday, these were two of my main sources for
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 29, 2010 03:07:36 PM
We’ll start things off today with sad news. The Swedish anti-copyright group Piratbyran, which gave rise to the popular file-sharing website The Pirate Bay has disbanded (bbc.co.uk).  For anyone following the copyright movement this is a sad day indeed.  This group of file-sharing Swedes brought issues of fair copyright to the world stage and even succeeded in getting their party (
Comments: 0Sunday, June 27, 2010 10:06:02 PM
I drove to Humboldt, Saskatchewan today for a free meal.  Thanks Mom and Dad.  5 km West of Humboldt there's a bit of a situation with the highway.  As you see- there's a water problem.  About a 500 metre stretch under water.  That was a surreal driving experience.  Lunch was great by the way.
Comments: 0Friday, June 25, 2010 01:28:18 AM
The magazine issue that ruined Stanley McChrystal career had an 'almost' nude photo of of Lady Gaga on the cover. I’m of a generation that grew up noticing Rolling Stone’s iconic covers, but never really opening the magazine to find out what was inside.  By the time I was old enough to be interested in music journalism, Rolling Stone had sold out.  I was disappoi
Comments: 0Thursday, June 24, 2010 02:38:17 PM
I bought Eminem's new CD yesterday.  It's boring.  And the worst part is I have no way of knowing if it's a good disc or a bad one or somewhere in between -- because I know ZERO about the genre.  So - feel free to help me out.  Eminem's new disc....really great, a piece of shit or just OK??
Comments: 0Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:53:55 PM
Has anyone else noticed that YouTube has been really slow lately?  The other night at a party I was playing the part of the YouTube DJ, and the slowness was really getting to me.  There were all these long awkward pauses waiting for the next video cheesy rap video to buffer.  It was terrible.  I was determined to get to the bottom of this. But since this is blog, and the e
Comments: 0Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:21:24 PM
Well, almost high noon...1) THEY'LL PROBABLY BLAME G8/G20 PROTESTERS: A 5.0 magnitude earthquake--not huge, but not small--hit Ontario and Quebec yesterday. A fair bit of damage occurred, but apparently no one was hurt--that's the good news. The super-scary awful news comes in the form of this story (Globe and Mail) which quotes experts as saying there are tons of geological faults  t
Comments: 0Tuesday, June 22, 2010 11:36:14 AM
I'm betting that Charles will do a Six in the Afternoon for us once he's finished with a busy morning of interviews and all-around news-houndery (why can't it be a word?), but in the meantime I thought I'd share this absolutely shocking, entirely unexpected (yup--that's sarcasm...) bit of news: a new study shows that climate deniers uniformly have far, far FAR less ex
Comments: 0Monday, June 21, 2010 04:16:54 PM
This is a Top Six of weird crap I found on the Internet. 1) So I'm not a huge World Cup Fan or anything--basically because I have no idea who to cheer for.   But this is just hilarious. (wired.com)2) If you can't get enough of those crazy horns, this too is hilarious. And annoying and awesome all at the same time.  Vuvuzelas For All!!! 3) Someone threw a a puppy at
Comments: 0Friday, June 18, 2010 03:21:16 PM
Well, I told you we'd have a few early snafus--but if you've already seen Charles Hamilton's excellent top 6 post and wondered about the links, please go check it again--because they work now! On the other hand, if you haven't seen Charles' Top 6--what are you waiting for? Information is good!