Trending in Theatre This Week: picks from the 24th Toronto Fringe Festival
By Brianne Hogan
Cast of Camp Shecky (Image: Chris Frampton)
If you miss the wheels on the bus going round and round on your way to summer camp, then you’ll love this Fringe adventure. It takes place aboard a yellow school bus that winds through the streets of Toronto, where you become the camper and witness the drama of the camp staff unfold.
Location: Honest Ed’s parking lot, on a bus, 581 Bloor St. W.
Starts: Wednesday July 4, 7:30 p.m.
A modern twist on Lewis Carroll’s classic tale finds the timeless characters down the rabbit hole that is Toronto’s underground. With a cast of 20 and the usage of strobe lighting and a fog machine, we wouldn’t be surprised if these dark characters found themselves grinding at Velvet Underground.
Location: Factory Theatre, Mainspace, 125 Bathurst St.
Starts: Saturday July 7, 9:15 p.m.
The 2012 winner of the Fringe New Play Contest is a dark comedy about a man whose job is to justify the immoral acts that most of us only dream of (you know, like checking your boyfriend’s phone, licking a fork before putting it back in the drawer or serving liver pâté to a vegetarian).
Location: George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place.
Starts: Wednesday July 4, 10:30 p.m.
A Fringe fixture for years, TJ Dawe (The Winnipeg Sun once said he'd be the offspring if Jerry Seinfeld and George Carlin had a baby) returns with a story about a retreat, led by Dr. Gabor Maté, involving Shamanic medicine and a big secret.
Location: Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse, 79 St. George St.
Starts: Friday July 6, 5:15 p.m.
Forget Spiderman and The Avengers crew. The real hero for the everyman — and woman — this summer is Dina. Armed with a Twitter feed and a burlap sack, she’s out to save Toronto, one depressed and decaffeinated citizen at a time.
Location: Theatre Passe Muraille, Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave.
Starts: Thursday July 5, 6:30 p.m.
The Toronto Fringe Festival runs from July 4 - July 15. Tickets and value packs for all Fringe shows can be purchased here.