Stories and reviews from this year’s 2017 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival:

A day in the life of a Fringe reviewer

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 31, 2017
The Fringe – a potpourri in celebration of live theatre – is but one reason Winnipeg is known as ‘Culture Capital of Canada’.

 

Fringe fave funny as heck

By Anne Hawe on July 30, 2017

Paco Erhard’s jokes went places I couldn’t believe he’d gone but his honesty was refreshing.

“Tales of the Macabre” frighteningly fun Fringe foray

By Doug Kretchmer on July 28, 2017
Dalnavert Museum provides perfect setting with live soundtrack.

 

“Leash Your Potential” needs to go off leash sometimes

By Anne Hawe on July 28, 2017

Fringe play takes aim at absurdity of many office jobs.

“Tales of Foreign Lands and People” reveals good in others

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory
Every adult should take in at least one Kids Fringe show to appreciate the range of subject areas at this year’s Festival.

Run don’t wander to this play

By Anne Hawe on July 28, 2017
A must see for everyone who’s ever traveled and anyone who’s wanted to.

 

Fringe play “Woody Sed” has full house audience singing along

By Doug Kretchmer on July 27, 2017
Playwright brilliantly portrays life and songs of Woody Guthrie.

 

“Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit” captivates audiences

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 27, 2017
Talented raconteur’s Fringe play reminds us that “The people with the worst memories still tend to be the most forgotten about.”

Fringe play “The Wind Telephone” offers advice on dealing with loss

By Doug Kretchmer on July 27, 2017
A story about a direct line to the spirit world.

 

Coming of age – the good, the bad and the ugly

By Tanis Kyle on July 27, 2017
Fringe plays capture the naivety and ignorance of emerging adulthood.

 

A joke through time

By Tanis Kyle on July 27, 2017
Festival continues to be home to striving modest local productions while becoming party to a generation of permanent career Fringe performers.

 

Fringe play enthralls, speaks to humanity in us all

By Anne Hawe on July 26, 2017
A surprisingly profound performance from a charismatic actor who seemed to genuinely care about his audience.

Live podcast taping: date night gone wrong

By Melanie Ferris on July 26, 2017
Staged in the back room of a downtown bar, Fringe show sounded intriguing but failed to deliver.

 

Unconventional “4.48 Psychosis” more public service than entertainment

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 25, 2017
Fringe play increases awareness of what mental illness can do to a person.

 

“6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation” baffles, amazes and amuses

By Doug Kretchmer on July 25, 2017
Psychic / magician Tim Motley’s Fringe show lots of fun … again.

 

“Trued on a Base Story” focused on boundaries, protecting children

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 25, 2017
John Sadoway wrestles with the brutal reality that the relationship he built his life around was a complete lie.

“Hotter Than Potter”: more than meets the eye

By Melanie Ferris on July 25, 2017
Magician skilled at involving many audience members, including my tween son

 

Tymisha Harris owns “Josephine”

By Tanis Kyle on July 25, 2017
Audience blown away by this one-woman tour-de-force performance that’s likely to become one of this year’s Fringe hits.

 

“Waiting For The Parade” offers unique perspective on WWII

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 25, 2017
Shoestring Players excellent production uses dialogue and music to reveal the effects of war on wives and mothers.

“Scientist Turned Comedian” a reminder to not quit the day job

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 24, 2017
Attempt at making science funny falls short in Fringe performance that lacks comedic talent.

Fringe is all about taking chances

By Anne Hawe on July 24, 2017
The Ballad of Frank Allen – about a janitor who is shrunk and ends up living in a stranger’s beard – is a great pick: interesting, fast-paced and well produced.

 

“Donating Sperm to My Sister’s Wife” funny, inspiring

By Melanie Ferris on July 22, 2017
Edgy, entertaining Fringe performance by American reveals the most rebellious act you can do is to care about another person.

A plucky tribute to centenarian Vera Lynn

By Tanis Kyle on July 21, 2017
If you’ve enjoyed perennial favorite Melanie Gall’s previous Fringe shows, you will not be disappointed.

 

Hot Thespian Action a crowd pleaser

By Melanie Ferris on July 21, 2017
I didn’t bust a gut, but I did appreciate the group’s wit and ability to poke fun at themselves and to make the crowd laugh.

 

Joe Job offers many lessons

By Heather Emberley / Gracie Sweetstory on July 20, 2017
Fringe show gets it right as sold out audience laughs heartily, sheds tears, throughout performance.

 

Fringe play “The Last Night of the World” – a romantic comedy about the end of everything

By Doug Kretchmer on July 19, 2017
Play ponders question, “How would you spend your last night?”