Fringe Preview 2013: Something Different
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Fringe Preview 2013: Something Different

Not all of Fringe can fit into neat little boxes. Be sure to check out these off-kilter shows for a unique (and sometimes even tasty) experience.

Morro and Jasp: Go Bake Yourself
Up Your Nose and in Your Toes Productions

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

VENUE:
918 Bathurst Street (918 Bathurst Street)

The idea of letting clowns run amok in a kitchen should send a chill down any obsessed foodie’s spine…and drive everyone else to laughter. Remounting their 2012 Dora Award winning show, Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee’s red-nosed duo cook up a charming show, even if the culinary results resemble something from the bake-off round of the 1980s game show Just Like Mom.

(Jamie Bradburn)

Love Is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses for a Phennig
Soup Can Theatre

Photo by Lauren Vandenbrook.

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

VENUE:
Bite (423 College Street)

Soup Can Theatre is revisiting the smoky 1920s German cabaret that originally put the company on the map with this follow-up to its 2010 Fringe hit. A pair of saucy emcees and a live ten-piece orchestra will transform the venue into a Berliner den of iniquity, with performers offering up sultry hits from across the decades. There will even be authentic, raspberry-tinged Berliner Weisse to accompany the show. If it’s even half as fun as the previous installment—a “Best of the Fringe” pick of its year—then it’s a show not to be missed.

(Ryan West)

Urge for Going
Quality Slippers Productions

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 1:45 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10, 9:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 4 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 1:45 p.m.

VENUE:
Tarragon Theatre Mainspace (30 Bridgman Avenue)

Following on the heels of the tributes to Joni Mitchell during the recent Luminato Festival comes this multimedia production inspired by her work. (Note the lead character is named “Carey Anderson.”) The Montreal Gazette called its recent run at that city’s Fringe a “poignant mix of music, visual art, puppetry (a friendly fox), and storytelling.”

(Jamie Bradburn)

Elizabeth-Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice
Burt and Werneburg

Elizabeth-Darcy. Photo by Oz John Tekson.

PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday, July 3, 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 4, 8 p.m.
Friday, July 5, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 10, 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 8 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 8 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

VENUE:
Campbell House Museum (160 Queen Street West)

For their site-specific adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, actors Kathleen Werneburg and Hallie Burt take you on a tour through the historic (and period-appropriate) Campbell House Museum, playing all the major parts (and a few small ones) in the classic romantic novel. There’s obviously some gender bending, but we’ve seen both women deftly handle comedy before: Burt in 2011 Fringe hit Queen Bathroom Monologues, and Werneburg in her YouTube series, Letters of Complaint and Moments of Excellence.

(Steve Fisher)

Bremen Rock City
Song Trolley Productions

Cast and band members of KidsFringe show Bremen Rock City  Photo by Lukas Peters

Cast and band members of KidsFringe show Bremen Rock City. Photo by Lukas Peters.

PERFORMANCES:
Thursday, July 4, 12:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 7, 4 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 12:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 2:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 5 p.m.

VENUE:
Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston Avenue)

Every year, there’s at least one KidsFringe show that boasts a surfeit of talent, enough that adults may want to make a trip to the Palmerston Library basement, too. This year, that show looks to be Bremen Rock City. It’s a new musical with songs by Colleen Dauncey and Akiva Romer-Segal, and a book by Sara Farb. The cast includes Evan Dowling (from previous Fringe hit The Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go!), and Degrassi: The Next Generation alum Andrea Lewis. Plus, the show has a rising-star director in Esther Jun (Trout Stanley, Sex Tape Project). But don’t take our word for it: you can hear original tunes from Bremen Rock City right here.

(Steve Fisher)

O(h)
Casebolt and Smith

PERFORMANCES:
Friday, July 5, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 6, 11 p.m.
Monday, July 8, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 4:15 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 9:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 13, 3:30 p.m.

VENUE:
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George Street)

In past years, Toronto Fringe had a special dance program that highlighted modern-dance offerings. That program is now gone, and dance has been folded into the general Fringe programming, but there’s still plenty of it to see. But maybe before you see dance shows like Piece of Mind or Fracture, you’d appreciate a (very funny) primer on the conventions of modern dance. LA-based duo Casebolt and Smith will help you bone up on your terminology. Even if you’re already conversant, you’ll probably enjoy their lighthearted commentary.

(Steve Fisher)

See also:

  Fringe 2013:
Solo/Duo
  Fringe 2013:
Ensemble
 

CORRECTION: July 4, 2013, 8:20 AM This post originally misspelt the name of Evan Dowling.

CORRECTION: July 4, 2013, 1:30 PM We previously gave an incorrect description regarding Dowling’s acting resumé.

CORRECTION: July 5, 2013, 11:00 AM We misquoted the show times for Elizabeth-Darcy: An Adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It has now been corrected; we regret the error.

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