This year's fringe-athon - lasting a record 12 days - centres around the outdoor stage in Old Market Square and 22 indoor venues around the Exchange District.
Returning fringe favourites include Alex Dallas in Drama Queen, Leith Clark's revival of The Spice of Life, the Sabotage comedy troupe from New Mexico, England's Eyewitness Theatre Company (Medea), those Crumbs improv imps and Britisher Rainer Hersch (Instruments of Mass Destruction).
New this year is a six-pack of telephone plays which can be accessed by a half-dozen 'play phones' on the square or, if you have an MTS Mobility cell phone, it's a free call to #PLAY (7529) from anywhere in the province. Three- to five-minute playlets have been penned by local writers Joseph Aragon, Justin Deeley, Leigh-Anne Kehler and Jason Neufeld as well as out-of-towners T.J. Dawe and the duo of Chris Craddock and Dana Anderson.
To get the most out of the alternative theatre event, pick up a program, available for $5 at 7-Elevens, Safeways, Liquor Marts and Manitoba Theatre Centre.
Tickets are $4 to $8 at the door and go on sale at least one hour before showtime or 15 minutes after the previous performance at the venue. You can buy a 10-play Frequent Fringer Card for $57 or purchase advance tickets (there's a $1.50 surcharge) up to the day before the performance.