Ten reviewers have an awesome mission: cover all 150 shows at the Fringe Festival by Sunday. So who is the CBC Review Crew?
Kaj Hasselriis co-wrote and performed in a Fringe show of his own a few years back. He's also a frequent contributor to CBC Radio's Definitely Not the Opera (DNTO).
Dean Jenkinson is a favourite of Manitoba's stand-up comedy scene - and he's performed at the Fringe too. He writes heaps o' comedy for CBC Radio. He's also a writer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and was just nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award.
Clare Lawlor also co-wrote and performed in a Fringe show a few years back... with Kaj Hasselriis. She works on DNTO, and is the producer of the CBC Radio summer series Strange Animal.
Anna Lazowski is a producer with DNTO and the Content Factory, and has been reviewing Fringe for CBC and other local media outlets for the better part of the last decade... in addition to being a past Fringe performer (are you sensing a trend here?).
Sarah Michaelson brings the funk to the Review Crew. She's one of Winnipeg's favourite DJs - you'll find her spinning records as Mama Cutsworth.
Ruth Shead is the senior producer for the CBC Radio summer series ReVision Quest. She's also our resident expert in musical theatre, and will prove it by singing The Sound of Music in its entirety upon request.
Al Rae is the man in Winnipeg's comedy scene. He's written comedy for radio, TV... and yes, the Fringe... and he's the artistic director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
Kelly Stifora is a writing instructor at Red River College and a graduate of the U of M's theatre program, where he directed and performed in many, many productions. He's apprentice directed at MTC, and starred in many, many more productions at Fringes past.
Iris Yudai is the executive producer of DNTO, an avid crafter, a busy mom, a proud 'Pegger, and the busiest lady you'll ever meet. (Follow Iris on Twitter: @ethelbertstreet.)
Joff Schmidt is your humble narrator. I majored in theatre at the U of M, and performed in many, many Fringe shows along the way (ranging from terrible to pretty good). I've been reviewing theatre for CBC Radio since 2005, and work on DNTO. (Follow me on Twitter: @JoffSchmidt.)