Here we go, Fringers: the first batch of reviews of shows at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival has hit our website, and we're ready for you to do your part.
Find out about all things Fringe in our special section. News is at the top, and you can find play reviews at the bottom of the page.
Speaking of reviews, we've launched our reviews section -- have a look at what we've seen. We'll have every single Fringe show -- all 180 of them -- reviewed by Sunday afternoon.
And: we want you to share your opinion on every show you see. Share your star review on any page, and if you're a Free Press subscriber, visit any play's page to contribute a text review in our comments section.
This year we've introduced new ways for you to find the precise play you want to know about. In the Fringe Reviews section you can sort reviews by name, genre, by reader rating, by Free Press rating, or by venue.
Here's a few more highlights of our Fringe review coverage:
- Can't remember the play name, but know where you saw it? Check our interactive map with links to every venue.
- See a list of shows that wowed Free Press reviewers at wfp.to/5stars (only a few in there now, but it's updated as ratings roll in).
- See a list of shows that you, our audience, loved at wfp.to/reader5 (again, this list will change as your star ratings arrive).
Tickets to all shows are $10, with the exception of tickets for children age 12 and under at the Kids Venue; those tickets are $5.
The Fringe also offers some half-price performances. See a list online here.
All ticket sales are final, with no refunds or exchanges.
About half of the tickets for each show are reserved for at-the-door sales. There's a limit of four tickets per person at the door. Door sales are cash-only.
Tickets go on sale one hour before showtime for the first performance of the day at each venue. For all other performances, tickets go on sale 15 minutes after the start of the previous performance at the venue.
Advance tickets can be purchased for any show up to four hours before showtime. A $2 "service charge" applies to each advance ticket.
To buy Fringe show tickets in advance:
- Click over to the Fringe Festival website. An extra $2 "convenience fee" is applied to each online order.
- Visit the MTC Box Office at 174 Market Avenue. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
If you've purchased advance tickets you can pick them up at Fringe Central up to four hours before showtime; after that they must be picked up at the venue.
Your order confirmation and ID are required to pick up tickets at the venue. Patrons are asked to pick up their tickets at least 15 minutes prior to showtime.
Schedule changes and show cancellations are posted daily on the info board at Old Market Square and on the Fringe website.
Arrive early. No latecomers are seated at Fringe shows.
Turn off cell phones and other devices that ring, ding, or sing. Texting during shows is not allowed. Fringe performers generally expect quiet as well -- save your review for after the show. Taking photos or video is prohibited in all indoor Fringe venues.
Old Market Square
The Fringe Festival revolves around Old Market Square, a hub of activity each day between noon and midnight.
The festival's Info Tent is at the square, where you can buy Fringe merch, use the ATM and check the latest schedule.
If you're hungry, grab something quick to eat between shows at the many food trucks around the square. The square is also home to the fringe beer tent and Liquor Mart patio, popular meet-up places for Fringe performers and attendees. Beverage pavilions and food vendors accept only cash, but there are ATMs on site.
See a schedule of events on the Cube Stage on the Fringe website. Feature bands take to the stage every night at 9 p.m.
The Kids Fringe offers free family fun between noon and 6 p.m. on Arthur Street. Amenities include a petting zoo, face painting, balloons and a theatre activity centre. A schedule of activities is available on the Fringe website.
Merchants set up kiosks in Old Market Square selling clothing, jewelry, and other gifts.
If you're impressed by a street performer around Old Market Square, consider a donation. Buskers are paid by audience donations, not by the festival.