CBC's Joff Schmidt leads the intrepid Fringe review crew.
How do you cover 169 Fringe shows in just over three days? You assemble a crack team of reviewers from the worlds of arts journalism and performing arts.
Here are the "F'ers" (that's "Fringers" - what were you thinking?) who'll be embracing the "F" word and sharing their Fringe reviews with you this year:
Jenna Cameron (@CameronJenna) had a brief theatre career as the worst actress in the small town of Ingersoll, Ontario. She has since smartened up and found her place out of the spotlight as a producer with CBC Radio's DNTO.
Rosie Fernandez (@rosewhite22) is a theatre aficionado, especially when it comes to the Fringe. She has written and directed plays for the stage and for CBC Radio, and is a producer with DNTO.
Andrew Friesen (@andrewfri) is a freelance journalist, radio producer, and regular contributor to DNTO. He hails from Brandon, Manitoba, and his love for Fringe is only surpassed by his fear of audience participation.
Kaj Hasselriis (@KajHasselriis) co-wrote and performed in a Fringe show of his own a few years back. He's also a frequent contributor to DNTO and other CBC Radio shows, and in his extensive travels has met both George Clooney and Barack Obama's grandmother.
Chandra Mayor is the author of three books of poetry and fiction which have received numerous awards, including the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, and the Lambda Award for Best Lesbian Fiction. She has performed in bars, trains, bookstores, and festivals across Canada, and teaches Creative Writing through Red River's Continuing Education program. Chandra will be the 2014 Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence at the University of Winnipeg. Her motto is "If I can't be a good example, I'll just have to be a horrible warning."
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.
Michelle Palansky, (@mpalansky) a Fringe veteran, has a decade of experience writing and performing with her theatre collective, the Conspiracy Network. She has taught theatre to millions (billions, maybe?) of children across Manitoba. Bacon bribes are accepted. They won't get you anywhere, but she accepts them.
Al Rae (@alraeofsunshine) is The Man in Winnipeg's comedy scene. He's written comedy for radio, TV... and yes, the Fringe... and his play One Man's Show debuted at the Carol Shields Festival of New Works in 2010. He's the artistic director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and the winner of an Italian Prix Roma Screenwriting Prize and a Gemini Award for Little Mosque on the Prairie.
Andrea Ratuski is a producer with SCENE and CBC Music, the national music website.
John Sadoway (@t_o_o_p) is a freelance writer and teacher, and for many years a producer with CBC Radio. Under the umbrella of his own theater company, The Opposite of People, he has produced several fringe plays in festivals in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Victoria. He tries to make his reviews fair by judging how close the company in question comes to its assessed target. Let's hope the targets are clear.
Joff Schmidt (@JoffSchmidt) majored in theatre at the U of M, and performed in many, many Fringe shows along the way (ranging from terrible to pretty good). He's been CBC Manitoba's theatre reviewer since 2005, and works with DNTO and the Content Factory.
Kelly Stifora (@kellystifora) 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 the Manitoba Theatre Centre, and starred in many, many more productions at Fringe Festivals past.
Sara Tate (@tinyfistoffury) is the senior producer of DNTO. She enjoys cheese, riding her bicycle, and talking loudly. Fun fact: as an eight-year old growing up in Treherne, MB, Sara was cast as a stone-throwing village girl in the high school production of "The Lottery". She still hasn't recovered.
Jim Taylor (@jimgordtaylor) is a television and stage writer, as well as comedic actor and improviser. He's a former member of the Second City National Touring Company and, if you're really old, you might remember him from the Winnipeg sketch comedy troupe the Spleen Jockeys. He's currently one of the writers for CBC Radio's Comedy Factory, and his writing has earned him several awards, including a Gemini, a Canadian Comedy Award, and the 2012 Third Person Award. Happy Fringing everybody!!
Iris Yudai (@ethelbertstreet) is the executive producer of DNTO, an avid crafter, a mom, a proud 'Pegger, and the busiest lady you'll ever meet.