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Hot Date: Fringe Begins

A scene from The Getaway

JUNE 30 TO JULY 11 Brace yourself for a no-holds-barred theatrical extravaganza as the Toronto Fringe Festival brings edgy stage entertainment back to the city. More than 800 Canadian thespians are set to enthrall audiences at 27 venues with such eclectic offerings as the side-splitting Canadian-historical musical-comedy The Flying Avro Arrow, backseat caper The Getaway—performed streetside in a van—and a peek into the life of a bitter birthday clown entitled Mal. After a show, let the glow of the 23,000-bulb marquee guide you to Honest Ed’s, which this year hosts the Fringe Club, complete with a beer tent and free nightly entertainment. Various venues and times, tickets up to $10 per show, five-play pass $40; call 416-966-1062 or visit here for more information.

One response to “Hot Date: Fringe Begins”

  1. Kathy Bevan says:

    Also a top pick at Toronto Fringe: The Devil and Billy Markham by Shel Silverstein. EYE weekly review from opening night said: “In a rare Fringe opportunity, director Alex West has staged Shel Silverstein’s hilariously dirty narrative poem (originally published in Playboy in 1979) as a one man show. Thanks to Tom McGee’s commanding performance, in which he takes on the Devil, God, a hustling bluesman and Silverstein’s compelling prose in equal tour de force measure, the show is a smash, despite its constrained staging (note: flashlights for dramatic theatre only work at the campfire). Stay for McGee’s Broadway-worthy performance, a great soundtrack and a tremendous yarn. This is no frills theatre at its best.”

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