Fringe Preview 2013: Ensemble
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Fringe Preview 2013: Ensemble

Fringe shows are rarely very elaborate. If there’s strength in numbers, though, we’re looking to these ensemble productions as surefire winners.

Much Ado About Nothing
Shakespeare BASH’d

The cast of Much Ado About Nothing  Photo by James MacDonald

The cast of Much Ado About Nothing. Photo by James MacDonald.

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, July 4, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 5, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 9 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 7 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 5 p.m.

VENUE:
Victory Café (581 Markham Street)

For the second Fringe in a row, the Bard settles into the upper floor of the Victory Café. Following their 2012 Best of Fringe pick The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare BASH’d continues its journey through the world of Shakespearian comedies. Enjoy a pint or three while watching the wit fly. (Jamie Bradburn)


Erotic Tales From the Old Testament
Inque and Quille Productions

Photo by Ghazaleh Rastgar.

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, July 4, 8 p.m.
Friday, July 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.

VENUE:
St. George The Martyr Church (197 John Street)

As if a burlesque retelling of biblical tales wasn’t controversial enough, this one is being staged in the courtyard of an Anglican church. With only a few performances, Erotic Tales From the Old Testament is a limited opportunity to be exposed to the steamier side of life in the days of yore. (Kevin Scott)


Genesis & Other Stories
Aim for the Tangent Theatre

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday July 3, 9 p.m.
Thursday July 4, 9 p.m.
Friday July 5, 9 p.m.
Saturday July 6, 9 p.m.
Sunday July 7, 9 p.m.
Tuesday July 9, 9 p.m.
Wednesday July 10, 9 p.m.
Thursday July 11, 9 p.m.
Friday July 12, 9 p.m.
Saturday July 13, 9 p.m.
Sunday July 14, 8 p.m.

VENUE:
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street)

Proving just how on-the-nose Fringe performances can be with their venues, Aim for the Tangent Theatre will be taking over Trinity St. Paul’s United Church for its sexed-up Biblical meta-play Genesis & Other Stories. If “sexed-up Biblical meta-play” hasn’t already sold you, then we’re at a loss, but here’s the premise anyhow: A small-town theatre troupe attempts to stage a salacious version of Adam and Eve’s tale, set in 1960s America. After a sold-out run at the Paprika Festival, this bit of slapstick theology should be good for a laugh or two. (Ryan West)


We Are the Bomb
Theatre Brouhaha

Caitlin Driscoll, Elliott Loran, Benjamin Blais, Caroline Toal, Scott Clarkson, and Daniel Pagett in We Are the Bomb  Photo by Zaiden

Caitlin Driscoll, Elliott Loran, Benjamin Blais, Caroline Toal, Scott Clarkson, and Daniel Pagett in We Are the Bomb. Photo by Zaiden.

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday July 3, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 4, 7:30 p.m.
Friday July 5, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday July 6, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 7, 2 p.m.
Tuesday July 9, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday July 11, 7:30 p.m.
Friday July 12, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday July 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday July 14, 2 p.m.

VENUE:
The Paddock (178 Bathurst Street)

Kat Sandler took home Fringe 2012’s triple crown by winning Patron’s Pick, Best of the Fringe, and the New Play Contest with Help Yourself. This year, she’s moved from the therapist’s couch to the barstool with Theatre Brouhaha‘s We Are the Bomb, a new site-specific offering set in the historic Paddock Tavern. With the threat of a new era of prohibition looming, a band of beer-swilling revolutionaries declare their local watering hole to be a rogue nation, much to the chagrin of a couple just trying to enjoy their first date. The audience can sip their suds amidst the chaos and hilarity of Sandler’s whip-smart writing, and judge for themselves if lightning can strike twice. (Ryan West)


The Invisible City
Who’s There Theatre

Photo from Who’s There Theatre’s Facebook page.

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, July 3, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 12 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 11 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 11:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 5:15 p.m.

VENUE:
St. Vladimir’s Theatre (620 Spadina Avenue)

A debut production by Who’s There Theatre, this play is inspired by interviews with Toronto homeless people. Here’s the basic plot: An epidemic hits Toronto, people start disappearing, and, in order to survive, the city must change. The play is a collection of stories, its title inspired by the playwright’s sense that, despite living in a city of 2.7 million people, each of us is alone. (Jess Davidson)


The Oak Room
Fracas Theatre

Photo courtesy of Peter Genoway.

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, July 3, 10:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9, 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday July 10, 2 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 2:25 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.

VENUE:
Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue)

The company behind last year’s hit Raton Laveur returns with the winner of this year’s New Play Contest. This is playwright Peter Genoway’s debut production, but with past New Play winners—like Kim’s Convenience and Help Yourself—finding plenty of post-Fringe success, Oak Room, a story Genoway describes as being about “a strange encounter between two men at a small town bar during a snow storm,” is in good company. (Carly Maga)


See also:

  Fringe 2013:
Solo/Duo
  Fringe 2013:
Something Different

CORRECTION: July 4, 2013, 11:00 AM This post originally incorrectly described Oak Room as being about “a high school bully and his former victim.” In fact, the play isn’t about bullying.

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