Preview: Fringe: We're Just Getting Started

by Liza Mattimore

There are so many shows on at the Fringe it can be a daunting task to decide what to see and when.  But EAP is here to take the worry out of this year's festival for you.  We are going to be giving you a play by play of our Fringe fun, and tell you what we've seen, what you should see, and when. And don't worry if we, and by extension you, do end up missing something amazing.  The best of the festival will probably be back at the Best Of, or part of the next winter's Next Stage Festival


For example if you can only go to one show tonight make it Polly Polly.   (7:45 @ Passe Muraille backroom) Fringe veteran Jessica Moss stars in this one woman comedy drama, about "finding yourself."  Moss got a nice write up in Now, and it sounds like Polly Polly is gonna be her next big hit. 


Or if you are up for two shows tonight maybe you go to  My High Heeled Life: Or, How I Learned to Keep Worrying and Love my Stillettos, by Katherine McLeod.  I don't know anything more about it, except it starts at 6 p.m., tonight at the Solo Room, and  it sounds funny. Plus, at 58 minutes if it's not good you wont suffer long. 


Really that is the beauty of Fringe. You probably wont know much, or anything, about the shows you're seeing but they will probably be great, since they were handpicked to be part of the festival. But, if not turn out to be duds they will be mercifully short.  And you can always count on amazing talent. 


Take Sheila McCarthy, who Now pointed out, has won a Dora and two Genie Awards. She stars in It's Always You: A Musical (from Wednesday, July 3, at the Helen Gardiner Phelan), Dan Redican and Scott White’s show about alternate realities.  You could see that tomorrow at 3 p.m.  "What?  Working Fridays at three in the afternoon? Try Sunday at 5 p.m. or Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. "  


Then there is Laura Anne Harris, whose show   The Homemaker   might be the breakout of the festival.  According to Now, The Homemaker is based on Harris’s great aunt, a 1960's woman who explores her devotion both to her husband and to alcohol through a series of cabaret acts staged in her kitchen. This one only has three performances at the Annex Theatre, tonight at 8:45, Sunday night at 8:00 and Thursday at noon.  


One definite not-to-be-missed that we can already recommend is Love is a Poverty You Can Sell 2: Kisses For a Pfennig.  This musical comedy has an all-star cast including EAP friend and recent Hedwig sensation Seth Drabinsky and Liza with a Z star Jennifer Walls.  Love Is... plays every night of the festival at 7 p.m. at College Street bar Bite.

Hopefully those are enough to get you started.  Be sure to check out the entire line-up and the awesome ticket deals at the Fringe website here.  And please send us your recommendations or thoughts on shows we should cover during this years Fringe Festival.  Happy Theatre-ing