As we head into the final weekend of the 2013 Winnipeg Fringe Festival ever, the CBC Review Crew compared notes to put together a list of some of our favourites from this year.
As always, many honourable mentions could be added to this list. So weigh in below: what were your favourites from Fringe 2013?
Outstanding local production:
Dog Act - "By turns laugh out loud funny and horrifying... Kevin Klassen's professional-calibre production moves at a fantastic clip."
Oustanding out-of-town production:
Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton - "A textbook example of how to do a great one woman show."
Outstanding drama:Radio :30
- "Earle's exceptional performance makes Radio :30 worth tuning in."Outstanding comedy:Hamlet as Told on the Streets
- "Purists, the faint of heart, and those not ready to have a kick
out the jams, laugh until your sides hurt good time need not attend. Everyone else - get thee to Hamlet As Told On the Streets."Outstanding improv (tie):CRUMBS: Based On a True Story
- "CRUMBS are long-standing Fringe favourites for good
reason."The DnD Improv Show: Five!
- "If you don't know what a 20-sided die is, you'll have a blast. If
you do, you might wet yourself."Outstanding musical:Taxidermy: The Musical
- "17 year-old Winnipeggers Devon Gillingham and Connor
Wielgosz have created a rock musical that's stuffed with teen spirit."Outstanding solo show (tie):Confessions of a Fairy's Daughter
- "This is an extraordinarily moving story, well-crafted and
compassionately told."I Hate Bill Pats Too: Almost Homeless
- "This one-man comic/tragic monologue dropped the
emotional floor from below my feet several times in the hour and had me guffawing moments later."
Timeless (Kyle Thomas)
- "So beautifully performed that you should see it whether or not you enjoy watching
dance."Outstanding physical comedy:Dandyman
- "Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience."Outstanding kids show:Opera Mouse
- "A Fringe show that's equally satisfying for kids and their accompanying adults."Outstanding performance (female):
Tara Travis, Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
- "Travis plays them all with razor-sharp characterizations."Outstanding performance (male):
Bruce Horak, Assassinating Thomson
- "Horak craftily winds a suspenseful tale of art and murder most foul." Outstanding ensemble performance:Hound Of Ulster
- "Performed with boundless enthusiasm by Fringe stalwarts The Struts and Frets Players."
Outstanding comedy duo:
Peter 'n Chris, Peter 'n Chris Explore Their Bodies
- "As performers, Peter and Chris throw themselves into their various characters with complete gusto, and seem to relish and enjoy their time on stage as much as the audience does. "Outstanding local script:
Dennis Trochim, Better Looking Boys
- "Better Looking Boys looks mighty fine in this welcome return to the Fringe."Outstanding guitar slinger:
Chase Padgett, 6 Guitars
- "Chase Padgett is clearly a superior type of alien being transported to Earth to deliver some fine Fringe fare. See this show."
Outstanding production design: Charles Presents: Moby Alpha
Charles Presents: Moby Alpha
- "They earn big points for style - all of the lighting is provided
by the multi-coloured lights embedded in their ingeniously-designed space helmets, giving the show an other-worldly feel."Show most likely to leave you pantsless: Weaksauce
- "So appealing that when the lights went up I was surprised to see I was still
dressed - I was sure he had charmed the pants right off of me."Show most likely to leave performers pantsless:Hollywood Hen Pit
- "The first enema was provocative, graphically manifesting the theme of abuse threaded through the show. The second enema seemed fair, just in case you missed it
the first time. The third enema was where I drew the line. That's just gratuitous."
The Winnipeg Fringe Festival runs through July 28.