Fringe 2012: buffering...
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Fringe 2012: buffering…

Photo by Kaela Greenstein.


Friday, July 6, 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 7, 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 5:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 11:15 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 9:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 15, 2:45 p.m.

Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)

It’s not the Fringe without a few postmodern, deconstructionist fairy tales, and buffering… is one of this year’s offerings. The whip-smart script from Amy Cunningham and Shauna Wootton presents a fairy-tale kingdom with an expansive online presence, where princesses meet their princes on eHarmony, witches cast spells on blogs, and bridges are guarded by horrific meme trolls. The residents of this faraway land are beset by a new plight: their prince has sold the rights to their fairy-tale tropes, and now they can’t live their stories—or even rhyme—without incurring hefty fees.

Although the script shows great potential, the performance suffers from a painful lack of rhythm, which can be particularly crippling when half of it is in verse. A.J. Vaage saves what he can as the Fool (and the land’s CFO), but his surgically precise comic timing can’t carry everything.