Toronto Fringe 2007 - The Tale of a T-Shirt; Everyman: The Ultimante Commodity; and Kibosh!
The weekend at Fringe is likely to be hot and heavy, not just because of the 35 degree weather, but also because the weekends often see the largest attendance. If you can, you may want to book your tickets in advance, if you can't, then keep in mind that tickets go on sale for shows at the door one hour before showtime.
Below you will find write-ups on The Tale of a T-Shirt, Everyman: The Ultimante Commodity, and Kibosh!
The Tale of a T-Shirt - Royal St. George Theatre
Unabashedly zany and unpredictably creative, this energetic mix of acting, singing, dancing and puppetry is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and inspire your imagination. A collaborative creation by Toronto's own Fixt Point Theatre and Kennwort:Bergstation of Graz, Austria, this silly act touches on many a serious issue, from conditions in third-world sweatshops to wanton consumerism in our society. The cast of three enthusiastic multi-talented performers does an outstanding job in every aspect of this visually stimulating and musically upbeat production. Kudos to the actors and the support staff! However, unless there's been some error or misunderstanding, the audience was presented with a severely truncated version of the show: the performance only ran for 45 minutes instead of the announced 90.
Everyman: The Ultimate Commodity - Tarragon Theatre Mainspace
What would happen if we all began to look alike? If you could not tell your father from your mother, your daughter from your wife, and any of these people from a complete stranger? "Everyman" explores this fantastic scenario, arising as an unfortunate side effect of a substance that transforms people into universal organ donors. Staged by The Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the show relies heavily on technology to produce Augmented Reality: a symbiosis of real-world objects and computer-generated images. This would have been really cool, except that the production was hampered by a string of minor but annoying technical hiccups. While these glitches do add an ironic dimension to a cautionary tale about science and technology, I hope the show's team irons out the wrinkles in time for the remaining performances, because such an exciting idea deserves a smoother implementation.
Kibosh! - George Ignatieff Theatre
Kibosh! is a sketch comedy show with an MC who comes on between skits and a stand-up comic. I have to say that personally, this show didn't do anything for me. The emphasis of the show seemed to be on shock humour, which has never really been my thing. I'm not saying I didn't laugh at all, there were times when I giggled, but for the most part I sat wondering how much longer the show would be - never a good sign. In fact, my favourite part of the show was the one quasi-serious moment. It was serious in search of a joke, but the truth is that the monologue delivered by Andre Arruda had an intensity that was engaging and wonderful to watch, it had me wishing the whole show was filled with moments like this, instead of filled with humour meant to shock. But instead, the show was filled with humour trying to push boundries, but trying a bit too hard. That said, if you enjoy shock humour you'll probably enjoy this show. If you've seen the show I'd be really interested in hearing what you thought of it, or any of the other shows featured here, in the comments section.
As always, for more information on this and other shows, check out the Toronto Fringe website.
Photo of the cast of Kibosh!