Fringe Preview 2012: Solo/Duo
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Fringe Preview 2012: Solo/Duo

As the saying goes, “Good plays come in small production sizes.” Or at least, they do at Fringe. Solo or duo shows really let the talents of their performers come through, which is why some of the stand-alone shows are often the most buzzed. In addition to our picks, check out the schedule at the Solo Room venue, inside the Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue).

Dylan Gott: Medicine Woman
Doctor Thugenstein

Photo courtesy of Doctor Thugenstein.

Thursday, July 5, 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 9:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 2:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 15, 4:00 p.m.

Solo Room (30 Bridgman Avenue)

Fringe can provide a stage for stand-up comics to shine. This will be the case for self-described “Medicine Woman” Dylan Gott. The up-and-comer—who has been hand-picked to open for the likes of Todd Barry and Brian Posehn—will entertain for close to an hour, with material about being weird and drinking too much. This might make a great show for any fans of comedy who are newcomers to the festival.

(Kevin Scott)

The No Bull$#!% History of Canada
The House of Style

Wednesday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 1:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 9:45 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 10:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 6:15 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 1:00 p.m.

Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)

Canadian history is actually far, far more exciting than what most of us learned in Grade 9. We’ve had more riots, rebellions, and uprisings than anyone realizes. This one-man show—which was a hit at Fringe Montreal—has everything from historically accurate violence to RB Bennett sending a man some new underwear.

(Chris Dart)

Mark Shyzer

Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

Wednesday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 8:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 7:45 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 1:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 3:30 p.m.

Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79 Saint George Street)

Since Mark Shyzer premiered Fishbowl at Buddies in Bad Times in 2009, it has earned rave international reviews, including an Audience Choice Award at Frigid New York in 2010 and, more recently, Outstanding Solo Performance at this year’s Ottawa Fringe. In the show, he cycles through a series of characters both male and female, all comic creations loosely tied together by a goldfish named Frank. Shyzer is in the midst of a cross-Canada tour of the show, and he has all of the makings of a young talent to watch.

(Kevin Scott)

pomme is french for apple
paul watson

Photo by SIDDIQUI.

Friday, July 6, 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 12:00 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 6:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 1:45 p.m.

Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)

When Torontoist saw this show from duo Liza Paul and Bahia Watson in February, we thought it was a “a laugh that should be shared.” Now, pomme is getting a second run at skewering the romantic and sexual lives of West Indian women with laughs and heart in equal doses. Paul and Watson are young, passionate, fun, and very talented (Watson recently won a Dora Award for Outstanding Ensemble for The Penelopiad). Catch these two early in what are sure to be long careers.

(Carly Maga)

Release the Stars: The Ballad of Randy and Evi Quaid
God is in the Dairy

Photo courtesy of God is in the Dairy.

Wednesday, July 4, 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 5, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 8:00 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10, 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 12, 9:00 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 8:00 p.m.

SIX20SEVEN Gallery (627 Queen Street West)

For those out there wondering what became of Randy and Evi Quaid following their escape to Canada from a probably non-existent group of “Hollywood star whackers,” here is your chance. Amanda Barker and Daniel Krolik step into the shoes of the (relatively) famous couple, purporting to dramatize what life has really been like since the pair made headlines for fleeing from charges of burglary. This should be a real draw, if only because of the curiosity factor.

(Kevin Scott)

Peter n’ Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Hotel
Peter n’ Chris

Wednesday, July 4, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 5:45 p.m.
Monday, July 9, 10:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 11, 11:30 p.m.
Friday, July 13, 2:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 14, 8:00 p.m.

George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place)

Last year, we gave the Vancouver comedy team of Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone four stars for their attempt to save the world. This year they’re back with a show about their misadventures at a spooky motel that won the Now Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Given the fact that publicity photos depict the pair as the Hardy Boys, we suspect genre conventions are going to be poked at.

(Jamie Bradburn)