2009 Ottawa Fringe Festival recommendations

2009-06-13

in Daily updates, Ottawa

A note to fellow Ottawa residents: this year’s Ottawa Fringe Festival will be running between June 18th and 28th. Last year’s was a lot of fun.

Some shows that have been recommended to me include:

At a minimum, I will post a quick comment on any shows I see.

[Update: 27 June 2009] I saw Catgut Strung Violin tonight and was most impressed. It was a three-man show on the ‘innocent young man gets sent to war’ theme. It mixed the sober moments into a great deal of intricate, acrobatic slapstick comedy. The sheer number of props and bits of timing to remember must have demanded quite a rehearsal schedule. The end result was poignant and deeply entertaining, in alternating fashion.

There is one more show, tomorrow at 3:00pm.

[Update: 28 Jun 2009] I saw We Never Clothed this afternoon, and found it enjoyable. I liked the musical numbers and the interaction of the actresses. The artistic intent behind the costumes and nudity wasn’t entirely clear to me.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Kevin R. Elder June 14, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Thank you for the recommendation to Catgut Strung Violin, we are very excited to be a part of Ottawa’s Fringe Festival for the first time. I also must add that Jonno Katz (The Accident) is a brilliant performer and has been to our festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Revolutions International Theatre Festival).

Finally, I have also heard great things about “Countries Shaped Like Stars” and it is at the top of my list to see. It will be a great summer!

We look forward to seeing a lot of great shows in Ottawa.

libragal June 20, 2009 at 2:59 am

Thank you! Inclement Weather opened to a hot packed and extremely loving crowd tonight. It is a show not to be missed!

Milan June 21, 2009 at 1:28 pm

I got a second ‘top five’ list from a pair of Fringe insiders:

  1. This is a Recording – verbatim theatre (a ll lines are quoted from interviews)
  2. Grandma Sol and Grandma Rosie – one woman show with giant puppets
  3. Catgut Strung Violin – slapstick physical comedy
  4. The Accident – one man show
  5. Countries Shaped Like Stars – play about courtship

As you can see, there is overlap with the suggestions I got before.

Another play that looks good is We Never Clothed.

. June 22, 2009 at 11:18 am

Ottawa Gets Fringefluenza (A1A1)
June 21, 2009 by XUP

The Ottawa Fringe Festival (June 18th – 28th) is in full swing with an astonishing line-up of quirky, intriguing, experimental and outrageous productions.

Some of us Ottawa bloggers were invited to a wine and cheese last evening by the Fringe people. They wined us and cheesed us and we had some interesting conversations with some of the Fringe performers who were out promoting their shows. In exchange for all this wining, cheesing and schmoozing, the bloggers were asked (kindly) to write a little something about Fringe.

The first thing I’ll write about is how they happen to choose the bloggers that were invited. I think it was a kind of hit or miss selection process – if they’d somehow stumbled across a blog and could find an email address, you got an invitation. They did ask for our Breakfast Bloggers mailing list, but of course we couldn’t give them that. Zoom offered to send out an invitation on behalf of the Fringe, but they didn’t like that idea. So in the end, they didn’t get a lot of bloggers turn out. Which was okay because that meant more cheese for us!!

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