Toronto Fringe 2007 - Timebomb; Two Figs for the Great Captain...; Don't Look; Rearview
Alas, the fateful hour hath arrived: today is the last day of the 2007 Toronto Fringe festival! If you are hungry for more shows, below are four reviews of plays that are all still running. And if you miss today, you still have a chance to watch some of the Fringe productions later this summer: The Diesel Playhouse will be hosting the "Best of Fringe" Holdover series, July 18 - August 4. More information is soon to appear on the Fringe website.
Meet Helen: an intelligent but frustrated 32-year-old who is lonely and stuck in a dead-end secretarial job. As time ticks away, Helen is desperately trying to jump-start her personal and professional life. First-rate acting, crisp choreography and sharp dialogue make this short, energetic show a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A hilarious snappy comedy that will resonate with most of us (are you living up to your fullest potential in every single aspect of your life?), Timebomb is a Fringe Patrons' Pick for a reason! With only two shows left (at 7:30 and 9:15 p.m. today), the clock is ticking away... If you can't make up your mind about which show to see on the last day of the Fringe, I highly recommend this one!
Two Figs for the Great Captain or the Revived Adventures of Don Kixote - Helen Gardiner Theatre - 79A St. George St.
Two Figs is based on the timeless story of the romantic but clueless hidalgo Don Quixote and his down-to-earth sidekick Sancho Panza. Told through a combination of pantomime, acrobatics, and clowning (though there is plenty of dialogue as well), Two Figs is a feast for the eyes! Add to this an original soundtrack and a creative use of props, and you've got one damn good show. Silly with a hint of absurdity, Two Figs does a great job capturing the spirit of the Cervantes' book. Though the show seems to drag a bit in spots, it is still very entertaining. Recommended. (Last performance today at 1:45 p.m.)
Don't Look - Royal St. George's College - 120 Howland Ave.
Don't Look is a bizarre comedy built around a kiss between first cousins, telling the story of the characters' majorly screwed up adulthoods that followed this mildly incestuous interaction. Despite (or maybe because of?) being so off-the-wall, the show is laugh-out-loud funny. This is in no small part due to the outstanding acting by Daniel Sadavoy and Rebecca Applebaum, the show's only performers, who also happen to be the authors of the lively, dapper script. Weird and goofy, this is Fringe experimentation at its best. Toronto's Total Score Entertainment Company totally scores a winner with this one! Go and see for yourself! (Last performance today at 4 p.m.)
I admit I had to stifle my inner tree-hugger to view this show: the ultimate bring-your-own-venue production, Rearview takes place inside a moving car. As you and a couple of other adventurous theatre-goers are driven around little neighbourhood alleys, strange and disturbing events take place that push the boundaries of your comfort zone and make you one of the performers in this truly unique show (I do wish I took on a slightly more active role to see to what extent I could actually influence the performance). The exciting ride only lasts 15 minutes - so $10 for a ticket may seem a little steep - but if you enjoy a change of pace in your Fringe experience, this is as different and unconventional as it gets. You have a chance to catch a ride with this show today between 6 and 9 p.m.
Photo: by by Eleffant Foot Co., from the production of Two Figs for the Great Captain or the Revived Adventures of Don Kixote
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