Fringe 2009: And the Award Goes To...
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Fringe 2009: And the Award Goes To…

Photo of Honest Ed’s—whose loading dock and grocery areas were two of this year’s venues—from the Fringe’s Flickr photostream.

After twelve days, this year’s edition of the Fringe has drawn to a close. While most performers return to their day jobs or plan their next theatrical endeavour, seven lucky productions will be remounted as part of the “Best of the Fringe” series running at the Berkeley Street Theatre from July 15 to 25.
Our Fringe team of Hamutal Dotan (HD), Jamie Bradburn (JB), Johnnie Walker (JW), and Kaori Furue (KF) have contemplated the sights and shows they’ve seen and come up with a few awards to hand out. The envelopes, please…

Best Craigslist Missed Connection for a Fringe Performer: Subject: To the sexy velociraptor from the Silver Stage. “Just wanted to say, Velociraptor #1, that I had a hard time taking my eyes off you when you were on stage. You can fog up my kitchen porthole any time.” – Jurassic Park at The Bloor’s Silver Stage. (JW)
Best Dancing Cadavers: Those draped in surgical gowns in Code Blue. The interpretative-dance scene felt like something Dennis Potter might have dreamed up. (JB)

Ms. Hennessey gets B-movie fabulous. Image courtesy of Sara Hennessey.

Best Evocation of a 1950s B-Movie Poster: Sara Hennessey Town (at right), with its nod to Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. (JB)
Best Grassroots PR: Impossibly talented performance poet Jem Rolls who not only flyered furiously, but shook hands with each audience member before the show. (KF)
Best Hairy Midriff Coupled With Bang-on Impression of Jaded Bartendress: Joshua Levine in Killing Kevin Spacey as he receives advances from shy and sweet Charlie (Elan Wolf Farbiarz). (KF)
Best Homage to a Marlon Brando Movie: The introduction of Like Father, Like Son? Sorry, where Chris Gibbs honours Brando’s performance as Jor-El in Superman as a prelude to a laugh-filled show. (JB)
Best On-stage Orgasm: If you’re going to go this route, you need to commit. Gemma Wilcox plunged fearlessly where lesser mortals would fear to tread, embracing the moment so unselfconsciously during Shadows in Bloom that those watching her did as well. (HD)
Best Performance of a Led Zeppelin Song on Euphonium: “Black Dog” by the Williamson Playboys in Brother, Can You Spare Some Pants? (JB)
Best Pint-Sized Scene-Stealer: Susanna Jones in her perfect portrayal of Renfield in Dracula in a Time of Climate Change. This girl needs a show of her own. (KF)
Best Reimagined Beyoncé Song: “All The Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” as performed in 2-Man No-Show by Isaac Kessler and Ken Hall, using an African drum and a cowbell. Bonus points for second-most detailed re-enactment of the entirety of the film Jurassic Park after the Silver Stage. (JW)
Creepiest Circus Barker Voice: Sebastian Kroon in his fantastic one-man show Circus. This spooky and absolutely compelling show was fabulously brought to life by Kroon’s electric performance, where he managed to play the barker, a curious little boy, and his blind mother all at once. (JW)
Girls Most Likely to Kick Your Ass: The entire troupe of muscle-bound goddesses in Head First, the twirling, whirling, death-defying aerial dance show. (KF)
Promotional Material Most Likely to Frighten Small Children: The poster for Joe: The Perfect Man features the titular character’s open-mouthed, disembodied head floating amid a bright orange background. When we noticed a parent showing their daughter a wall of festival posters, she took one look at Joe and bawled. (JB)