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This poster, for The List, does not mean she’s hitting on you. Photo by Chloë Whitehorn.

One of the best things about this year’s Fringe is that it’s the first to be fully Twitter-enabled. Using the #FringeTO tag, anyone can easily get announcements from the official Fringe office (@Toronto_Fringe) as well as real-time reviews from audience members and press alike. What’s also super fun is peeking into the tweets of performers as they prepared for and live through Fringe week. They’re tweeting about everything from pre-performance jitters to post-show euphoria. Here are a few of our favourites.

Preparations

“Note for myself on writing: push through, don’t listen to the voice that says you suck. Keep writing the play.” – Phil Rickaby (@philrickaby): actor in Out of Character.
“Argh! My website is not up. Hell, it’s not even registered. Next show I’m definitely getting a producer.” – Shaun McCarthy (@Shauninto): writer, director, actor in Baggage.
“taking transit with three full sobeys shopping bags full of props and a backpack. i will start taking cabs once the show is successful.” – Megan Fraser (@meganfraser): writer, actor in Bingo: The Show.
“One of my actors just broke his foot. Goodbye dance number. Lemonade = addition of half-a-dozen new crutch gags.” – Nicholas Hune-Brown (@nhunebrown): writer of Just East of Broadway.

Promotion

“As a woman, beware the dangers of promoting your show to men who think you’re hitting on them. Cyber-stalking may ensue.” – Chloë Whitehorn (@fishbowlmuse): writer, actor in The List.
“First 4O people to BINGO: the show this afternoon get cupcakes!” – Megan Fraser

Pre-show Problems

“i kinda want to throw up right now.” – Megan Fraser
“It’s opening day for our show, and I woke up with my monster zit on my forehead bigger than ever…. Is this an episode of Full House?” – Kristen McGregor (@MagentaKristen): actor in Bingo: The Show and Rock Time 2009.
“I’ve eaten to many jerk hotdogs…but guess what, I’m going for more.” – Josh Saltzman (@joshsaltzman): writer, actor in Goodbye Rounds.

Success

“We opened! And nobody died!” – Phil Rickaby
“24 hours after opening night. What a week. Fun! Eyeweekly gave a good review. The audience really enjoyed. Objective met. I’m very happy!” – Shaun McCarthy
“Code Blue is rocking some sweet sweet buzz. come check it out. you won’t be sorry. and i’m not just saying that cause i wrote it.” – Adam Seybold (@CodeBlue09): writer and director of Code Blue.
“…come out to my 5-STAR Fringe Show – 2-Man No-Show!1!1!!! “ – Isaac Kessler (@Isaackessler): writer, actor, comedian in 2-Man No-Show.

Reviews and Reviewers

“That went pretty well, I think. Reviewer from Eye was there. Hope they are kind” – Phil Rickaby
“so many good reviews and it’s one bad one i can’t stop thinking about.” – Megan Fraser
“Why are the Eye, Now, and Star completely random in their reviews? None of them agree about anything.” – Chloë Whitehorn

Share the Love

“Icarus was fantastic. So much talent and great art direction.” – Chloë Whitehorn
“Saw red bastard and moving along. Both were pretty kick ass in very different yet similar ways.” – Megan Fraser
“Being a part of Fringe, both as a performer and audience member is the most creatively inspiring experiences I’ve had in ages” – Phil Rickaby

From Mom

“Glad you liked the Keeper’s Secret. My kid plays the heroin dealer.” – Kathryn Laskaris (@TeenagedBoyzMom): mother of actor in The Keeper’s Secret.
The Fringe runs until July 12 at various locations around the city. Check back for Torontoist’s daily Fringe coverage throughout the festival.

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