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Strange Day at the Fringe

star star star star star star star star star star   Free Press Rating

star star star star star star star star star star   Average Reader Rating

Harry Butt (Chris Reid) doesn’t like the fringe. All he wants on this fine Saturday morning is to watch sports in his Charleswood home and read vintage comics. Why would he want to watch a “bunch of wannabe actors” getting up there to do their thing, he plaintively asks?

But his wife Rachel (Richelle Starke) insists they go see neighbour Carol perform, and the result is a mildly amusing one-hour adventure for the reluctant suburbanite in the Exchange — including close encounters with a drunk panhandler (Brett Buckingham), a homeless woman (Evelyn Darrach) and an inept street performer (Sam Kowaluk).

This original show, written by Denis Thornton, stars an all-local cast of eight, and has a surprise twist.

So... why would you want to see this bunch of wannabe actors? To support local writers, original work and acting troupes like this one.

 

— Margo Goodhand

 

From the Fringe program:

A comedy about going to the Fringe. Rachel wants to go. Harry doesn't. It's too far outside his comfort zone. Urged to relax and enjoy the experience, he remains uneasy and tense, as strange encounters occur and the line between reality and imagination becomes blurred. After all that "happens", will Harry ever go again?

Director: Brett Buckingham

"Funny and full of twists" "Very engaging" - Preview comments

From the company that brought EDDY RECALLED to Fringe 2009 (4 Stars, Winnipeg Free Press)

Recommended For: General Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: None

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