Fringe Archive

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A Dead Tree and an Existential Lamp: Day Two of TK Theo Fringe

  • Fringe
  • Queen's University
  • Review

After brushing off the sawdust and rinsing milkshake residue out of their hair, students from the DAN School of Drama and Music returned to Theological Hall for a second night of TK Theo Fringe—a showcase of short, fringe-style solo performances presented at Theological Hall in partnership with Theatre Kingston. Following an intense evening of site-specific theatre on Wednesday, I returned, too, and experienced what the second (and last) day of […]

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Pho Sure, You’ll Like it a Lot

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kick & Push Festival
  • Review

A deliciously funny show. A Perfect Bowl of Pho is a meta-musical created and written by Nam Nguyen, music composed by Wilfred Moeschter, and directed by Steven Hao. The story is centered around a procrastinating University of Toronto student, Nam, performed by Chris Vergara. The story follows Nam as he struggles to write a musical about… I think you guessed it… Pho.  A meta-musical is a play within a play. […]

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‘One Night Only’ is One Not to Forget

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

An experience I don’t think I will ever forget. One Night Only is a one man show written, produced, and performed by Nicholas Eddie, directed by Sepehr Reybod, and assistant producer is Adrian Chevalier. An audience follows Eddie throughout the night as he is faced with a challenge which can only be completed in the following morning.  This review has mentions of suicide. This show felt like an experience rather […]

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Brilliant Beckett: ‘Krapp’s Last Tape’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

Krapp’s Last Tape is a one man show written by the legendary playwright Samuel Beckett and is being performed by Jim Garrard at the Baby Grand Theatre in Kingston. It’s a story about isolation, regret, and accepting one’s fate. Audiences follow Krapp, a 69 year old man as he listens to an audio recording of his 39 year old self.  Krapp is an elderly man who appears to be on […]

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Spirited Storytelling: ‘Creeping Murmur; Poring Dark’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

A peculiar parlour game, a sauce salesman, a ghost ship, and a little girl behind a door. In Creeping Murmur; Poring Dark, John D. Huston transforms an unassuming hotel conference room into a site of spectral thrills. Though breakfast had barely settled in my stomach by the time I took my seat, I was immediately transported to a late-night world of chilling tales by Huston’s wry, lively storytelling.  Huston presents […]

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Charming and Clever, ‘Are You Catching What I’m Throwing?’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

Have you ever felt like you didn’t belong? Like you couldn’t find “your people”? Are You Catching What I’m Throwing is a one man Circus Theatre Show performed by William Alex Larson. The show follows a man as he discovers his passion for juggling. An audience follows him through the highs and lows of this passion and in the bigger picture, the highs and lows of being accepted by society. […]

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The Unforgettable Fronge Festival

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

No, it’s not a typo—The Fronge Festival is a festival within a festival at TK Fringe, and it’s one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in Kingston this year.  The concept is simple and absurd: at each performance, the audience is offered a list of Fringe shows from another Canadian city and gets to decide which ones the Fronge’s troupe of improvisers will ad lib. Director Kyle Warne performs alongside […]

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It’s a Superpower: ‘The ADHD Project’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

Intimate and uplifting, The ADHD Project will captivate an audience as Comedian/Storyteller Carlyn Rhamey explores the ups and downs of living her life with ADHD. Through compelling storytelling, she recounts the moment she received her diagnosis, her challenges with bullying, and finally her acceptance of her newly embraced “superpower”.  Before the show starts, instead of waiting offstage, Rhamey talks to the audience. She cracks jokes and welcomes the audience. I began seeing […]

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Not Your Grandma’s Bingo Game: ‘RAPP BNGO’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

There’s no “I” in RAPP BNGO. There are no prizes, no winners, and no losers. Instead, there’s DJ Seith and his record collection.  Get ready for the mildest party of your life.  RAPP BNGO takes hip hop and bingo and creates a mellow, stakes-free opportunity for people to hang out and listen to music. Each participant gets a bingo card full of words and phrases from rap lyrics (mine included […]

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Bittersweet, ‘Birthmarks’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kick & Push Festival
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

A tragic, humorous, and thought provoking play; gripping attention from the very beginning. Birthmarks is a bittersweet one woman show that follows Kate. As a young woman recounting her life, she is trying to move on from the sudden death of her infant child while also coming to terms with her mother’s place in her life after abandoning her as a kid. Alex Boese is fantastic as the one and […]

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Sweet and Chill: ‘Blueberry Fever’

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

Life is rife with heartache, but Blueberry Fever is ripe with humour. Created by Karina Milech and Ben Jensen-Reid, this contemporary show about nothing follows a small group of friends as they navigate adulthood in Toronto.  The play opens with a montage of scenes set to a song—it’s bass-heavy and sexy, with a silky alto voice carrying the melody. It feels like a sitcom intro—one I wouldn’t ever want to […]

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Poster for 'Living with Shakespeare". Animation of a man looking shocked and staring at Shakespeare who is sunken into a chair, drinking soda, and reading. There is garbage and a mess all around him. Text reads: "Living with Shakespeare by JEREMY SMITH and STEVEN GALLAGHER"

Driftwood Theatre’s Love Letter to Shakespeare

  • Festival
  • Fringe
  • Kingston Theatre Alliance
  • Review
  • Theatre Kingston

In Living With Shakespeare, Jeremy Smith takes a personal approach to a playwright who has loomed over his career for the past thirty-odd years. Beginning as “a shy kid from Nowhere, Ontario” and eventually becoming the artistic director of Driftwood Theatre, Smith recounts the rain storms, lullabies, motorcycle rides, and missed family gatherings that have shaped his Bard-imbued life.  The script, written by Smith and director Steven Gallagher, incorporates beloved […]

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