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Fringe Show Reviews

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Here’s a brand-new show featuring fringe veterans Tara Travis, Jon Paterson and Kurt Fitzpatrick, in which the three “perform” every Best Picture Oscar-winner in 60 minutes.

Perform is a misnomer, as what the show really does is make sure every winner’s name is dropped at some point. Ultimately, Best Picture is a pop-culture mishmash — Bing Crosby’s Father O’Malley from Going My Way visiting The Exorcist or Alec Guinness from The Bridge on the River Kwai morphing into Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Yes, not all movies mentioned are Best Picture winners.

Funny as this is, and there are many genuine laughs to be had from this Vancouver/New York company, the clever premise hasn’t yet reached its full potential. A whole history of film is crammed into this 60 minutes, but one leaves wishing for a bit more quality over quantity.

— Barb Stewart

From the Fringe program:

Director: Jeff Culbert

Cast: Tara Travis, Kurt Fitzpatrick, Jon Paterson

Fringe legends Tara Travis (The Shakespeare Show, Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII) and Jon Paterson (Hockey Night at the Puck & Pickle Pub) join Fringe cult star Kurt Fitzpatrick (The Last Straight Man in Theatre) to play a cast of thousands in this epic tour de force in which every Best Picture Oscar winner is performed in 60 minutes.

Can it be done? Grab a tub of hot buttered popcorn and come find out!

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Mild Language

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