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The Frigid Festival, co-run by Horse Trade and Exit Theatre, is the first CAFF (Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals) member festival of the year. Running in the frigid New York February in two theatres, the festival will see over 150 performances of over thirty shows and for the first time ever, On Stage is going to be there.
Follow along with On Stage reviewer Valerie Cardinal as she reviews the shows of that festival, maybe finding a few of the gems that will be touring the country this year – perhaps even here in June.
This post will link to all of Valerie’s Reviews from the Road:
The 12:45 PM Sunday show of Lotus was nearly sold out, not surprising after Hopegrown Productions 2013 Fringe hit Around Miss Julie. I’m sure there was a lot of pressure to live up to the show that Hopegrown Productions put on last year and Lotus is a valiant effort. Written, by Caitlin Murphy, on the heels of cyber-bullying becoming an international phenomenon and the deaths of Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons, comes the story of Amber, a young girl with similar traumas. Through a mixture of interrogation and providing confidence, rookie police officer, Linda, helps uncover the mystery that is Amber.
Cherry Typhoon and her Burlesque Ninja is how burlesque should be done. A full house crowded into The Wiggle Room on St. Laurent for Typhoon’s 11:00 PM show. The energy was high and the mood was right. And then the show began, and what a show it was. Now, up until I saw Club 25th: The Forbidden Paradise, I had never seen a burlesque show before, I have seen a Cherry Typhoon show before, but it wasn’t a burlesque show. I was extremely disappointed in Club 25th, so I didn’t know what to expect from another burlesque show, I almost didn’t bother going, but that would have been a mistake.
Brighella is an over-the-top Italian comedic-tragedy whose cheap and dirty jokes become endearing and hilarious very quickly. Brighella follows a whole bunch of different characters who all have multiple exteriors motives. Valentino and Maria play lovers, Valentino the star-crossed lover and Maria the jilted lover, who are having a dispute while Valentino’s father, who happens to be the pimp of Napoli is fretting over losing his money and Maria’s doctor father is in trouble with the law for stealing human body parts.
Shakespeare Crackpot is the latest monologue by Fringe Festival staple Keir Cutler. In this hour long show Cutler takes the time to talk about he officially became a Shakespeare Crackpot. I guess to start off this review one must note that a Shakespeare Crackpot is one who believes that William Shakespeare was not actually the author of the works we know and call to be that of William Shakespeare.
Over It is billed as an improvisation/sketch show via the Montreal Fringe website, it is anything but. Over It follows Clara, a young girl who is trying to find her place in the world despite moving around the globe with her family while growing up.
Last Metro: The Musical is able to hit a nerve with its audiences right off the bat, a shared hatred of the frustration that comes from public transit. This show follows 8 characters who routinely take the metro in Montreal and their interactions with themselves and others, all put to music.
Drag Queen Stole My Dress is probably the most misleading Fringe show title that I got to take in at Montreal Fringe this year. This one woman show written and performed by Gillian English is the story of the beginning, middle and end of an exhaustive relationship for English. And then at the end we’ll throw in a side tale about a drag queen just to cover all our bases.
The Midnight Living Room Lounge show follows Daniel & Chris two old timey crooners who, you guessed it, host a midnight lounge show from their living room. Over the hour we follow these two as they talk in circles about nothing and ultimately accomplish… nothing.