Friday, 15 July 2011

Fringe Festival: Halaal or Haraam?

Heading off to a show, so no time to write reviews at this point, but I did put my ratings. My thoughts will have to wait for a another day. Happy Fringing.

by Alexander Carson & Nick Martin
presented by Le Carsonage from Toronto, ON
Director: Ben Carson
Genre: Play, Comedy
Warning: Mature Language
Factory Studio Theatre
55 min.
Sat, July 16 7:00 PM

DESCRIPTION: John Cassavetes, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk. Three friends in Manhattan in 1960. Three impresarios in their own right. It’s raining and it’s dark out. In an adventurous game, each take turns trying their hand at love and courtship. When the game’s over, and the booze is finished, what happens next? A play about love, life, friendship, and baseball.
Rating: **** 4/5 Stars (Picture of Peter Falk borrowed from wikipedia; Boyfriends didn't have a website)

Get Happy
by Nicholas Power, Alisha Ruiss and Company
presented by Public Gesture Productions from Toronto, ON
Director: Alisha Ruiss
Choreographer: Phil Bourassa, Alisha Ruiss
Cast: Phil Bourassa, Nicholas Power, Alisha Ruiss, and The Simple Joys Jazz Band
Genre: Dance, Musical
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
55 min.
Sat, July 16 3:30 PM 861

DESCRIPTION: This unique musical, evoking its depression era beginnings, portrays the romantic intrigue at a contemporary Swing Dance club. While the poet reflects on love and loss, the sassy bearcat improvises real intimacy in passionate dances with the bon vivant. The band and the torch singer set the audience’s imagination on fire with blues and swing standards.
Rating: *** 3/5 Stars

Headscarf and the Angry Bitch
by Zehra Fazal
presented by Zehra Fazal from Washington, DC
Cast: Zehra Fazal
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Warning: Sexual Content, Mature Language, Audience Participation
George Ignatieff Theatre
60 min.
Sat, July 16 6:15 PM

DESCRIPTION: This beef ain’t halal! Join Zed “Muslim Weird Al” Headscarf on a romp through Islam in America, exploring religion, family, sex and love— all in one hilarious hour of story and song. Hyphenated-citizens from any culture will relate to the search for identity.
Winner: Best Solo-Performance, Capital Fringe, sold out houses at 2010 New York International Fringe.
Rating: ***** 5/5 Stars

Misprint (1st Issue)
by Lauren Toffan and Yan Li
presented by Spiel Players from Toronto, ON
Director: Lauren Toffan
Cast: Lauren Toffan, Arthur Wright, Heidi Lynch, Eric Miinch, Fran Stecyk, Albert Masters, Megan Poole, Hayley Toane, Heidi Toffan, Erynn Brook, Esther Vallins, Rob Reardon, Lindsay Robinson.
Assistant Director: Peyton LeBarr
Musical Director: Yan Li
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Warning: Mature Language
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse
60 min.
Sun, July 17 7:30 PM
SUN, JULY 17 7:30 PM**Patron's Pick (added performance)

DESCRIPTION: Elly has lived her entire life in the town of Sunnydale. Little does she know, she is a classic 1960s comic book character whose life has been drawn, coloured and shaded in to entertain comic book collectors everywhere. Misprint(1st Issue), is the first installment of a musical comedy which reveals the life of a true comic book character: Elly.
Rating: **** 4/5 Stars

Virginia Aldridge, BSc
by Elise Newman
presented by quoi quoi quoi from Toronto, ON
Director: Elise Newman
Cast: Janelle Hanna
Genre: Play

DESCRIPTION: Following in the footsteps of her childhood hero, an aspiring biologist lands in West Africa only to discover that things have changed since 1893. A comic tale of adventure, discovery, and cockroaches from the creator of Raven for a Lark, Fringe 2010.
“A must-see! ” (Theatromania)
Factory Studio Theatre
45 min.
Sun, July 17 2:45 PM

Rating: **** 4/5 Stars

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