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FRINGE 2015: Myth Mirrors Punk & Allie Weigh's Inn - Deciphering the human experience

Life is all about stories. Whether that's the latest TV show we shamelessly binge on or a feel-good bedtime tale we anticipate when we're young, stories spark both our curiosity to learn about the world and ourselves.

Notably, stories of the human experience come in all shapes and sizes. Some wonderful. Others upsetting. Many fascinating.


FRINGE 2015: STROKE explores the Filipino diaspora in-depth

When pride takes precedence over currency, when the quantity of a bank statement nulls over spending quality time with your family, or when swallowing your own emotions today to be in your loved one’s company tomorrow is what you have to be doing, at what cost does it take risk it all for the sake of happiness?

Written and directed by Marie Barlizo, STROKE invites us to sit down and witness an untold story of what many overseas Filipinos experienced for generations – leaving their home land working elsewhere to financially support their families and loved ones they have left behind.


FRINGE 2015: Cootie Catcher teaches us how NOT to f*ck up.

How would you feel if you had to confess extreme lustful adventures in bed to a group of people you don’t even know?

Scary, isn't it? The obvious answer for many linger along the lines of apprehensiveness, distaste, and shame – as any average human being believes.

But for New York-based playwright Lucas Brooks, it is that stigma he's challenging as he invites us to open our heart and minds to experience his playful, hilarious and eye-opening hour-long one-man monologue-slash-musical-showcase-slash-interactive stage play at the Mainline Theatre, called Cootie Catcher.


FRINGE 2015: Oni

Do you find tentacles arousing? Does the thought of paper puppets doing the nasty excite you? If so, then Oni’s the show for you!

Oni is a wildly erotic Japanese shadow puppet show made by the Mochinosha Puppet Company. Daniel Wishes and Seri Yanai jointly transform Studio CirQus into the Japanese countryside by using only handmade puppets, colored paper and a projector! The pair work directly in front of the projector, allowing the audience to see them hard at work as they create an unforgettable experience.


FRINGE 2015: Do I have to do everything my f*****g self?

Do I have to do everything my f*****g self?

A phrase that all of us can admit to muttering under our breath during the least proud moments in our lives, when an inflated sense of self-worth inevitably collides with the perceived incompetence of others.


FRINGE 2015: In Search of Mrs. Pirandello astounds

In Search of Mrs. Pirandello is an enthralling and vivid play that boasts an ingenious script, a cast of superb actors and a refreshingly original thesis.


FRINGE 2015: Shy Shy in SPACE! Is out of this world

It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that cosmic swing!

Shy Shy in SPACE! is science fiction jazz fantasy brought to life by the talented Shy Shy Schullie, Erick Francois and legendary burlesque artist Lady Josephine. Written and directed by Patrick Charron, Shy Shy in Space is a musical of galactic proportions!


FRINGE 2015: Doggy Dans Gravel

June 12th. Friday night. Still soaking wet from the pouring rain outside. I speed through the streets to arrive at the doors of La Chapelle in sight.

7:37. Great. I’m already late for the premiere performance of Doggy dans gravel (aka Doggy). I try to mumble some sort of excuse to the lady at the door. She signals me to stop making a scene and just enter the room.

I hurry. I sit on the stairs right next to the theatre benches as quietly as I can be...


FRINGE 2015: Captain Aurora is a smashing success

Captain Aurora: A Superhero Musical hits exactly the right chord as this highly professional and fully fleshed-out musical comedy sings and dances its way into the Fringe history hall of fame.

The play tells the story of a banker-by-day/superhero-by-night lead who struggles to find purpose in an increasingly routine life. When her life is shaken up by political plot, alien invasion and the threat of exposure, Captain Aurora will have to rise to the challenge, regardless of the sacrifices she may unwillingly make on the way.


FRINGE 2015: Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche will leave you wanting more

Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche is, at a glance, an absurd, apocalyptic, queer comedy of manners. The show is largely character driven and its five leading ladies hit the right combination of pep and pluck as egg-worshipping, 50s-era closet lesbians.

The play takes place during the 1956 annual quiche breakfast of The Susan B. Anthony Society for the Sisters of Gertrude Stein. The five executives of the society are preparing for the tasting of the quiches when an air raid siren goes off. On lockdown in the bunker, the so-called widow and ladysisters must come to terms with themselves and face each other in this winking, tongue-in-cheek comedy.


FRINGE 2015: “The Shiner” dishes out bittersweet comedy

The Shiner is a relatively simple one-woman show that succeeds in its heartfelt and poignant storytelling.

Focusing on stories originating in the school system, the show will resonate with anyone who has spent significant time observing and engaging with young minds.

Performed by local sketch comedian and spiritual animator Katie Leggitt, The Shiner weaves together different narratives that reflect on the experience of educators and students alike.

Funny and at times bittersweet, Leggitt smoothly transitions from precocious school girl to gruff physical educator to earnest animator.


FRINGE 2015: Legitimate Investment Opportunity

Directed by Paul Naiman and written by Jacob Greco (and company), Legitimate Investment Opportunity, or LIO, is a sweaty, delusional and inspirational “octo-annual assembly presentation summit conference meeting” that you’ll never forget!

The show was performed inside of the intimate confines of the Theatre Ste. Catherine, with long thin rows of seats for anyone who’s looking to make a sane, sound investment! And don’t worry about whether or not you’ll have trouble hearing the performers, they’ll be yelling frantically at you for the entire night.


FRINGE 2015: Icepick-moé l’coeur

On June 9th, we spoke to Ghislain St-Germain Forcier and Emmanuelle Brousseau at the lovely Bela Vista, a family-owned Portuguese bakery located at the corner of Papineau and Beaubien.

Ghislain is 24-year-old French Literature student at L’Univesité de Montréal. Emmanuelle is 21, and studies Production at L’École Nationale de Théâtre/National Theatre School of Canada (NTS). Together they wrote “Icepick-moé l’coeur” (Icepick), a drama about two ex-lovers that can’t quite seem to let each other go. Emmanuelle is the director of the play.

Read more to see our conversation, translated into English from the original French-language interview.


FRINGE 2015: A Nightmare for Oberon

A Nightmare for Oberon asks the question “what happens when Shakespeare's women collide?”

Written by Toronto-born Concordia student Julie Foster, the script is the strongest part of the production. The worlds of Faerie Queen Titania, Hamlet's Ophelia, and the Lady Macbeth collide in a magical forest, and through the lens of Shakespeare we are presented arguments around gender, sexuality and femininity.


FRINGE 2015: APigeon at Le Divan Orange

Montreal’s own Annie Sama (alias APigeon) brought her tour to an end at Le Divan Orange on Saturday June 6th, in support of her 2014 debut album “APigeon is Born”.

The electricity was tangible in the air as patrons milled into the venue on a deceptively long spring evening, as the very last of the sun absorbed by the window faded into darkness. Perhaps it was a shared subconscious anticipation for the summer, or the volatile cosmic combination of Mercury in retrograde and a Sagittarius moon that made APigeon's innovative sound particularly potent that evening.


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