Tag: Fringe Festival

Cancelling life

I’m sharing in the collective upwelling of grief in Edmonton this morning with the news that the 2020 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival has been cancelled. The news was not surprising – after the Edinburgh […]

Telling stories of healing with Three Ladies

This week, I spoke with Lady Vanessa Cardona: poet, performer, artist and community builder. Her show, Three Ladies, is opening Fringe Theatre’s off-season. In Three Ladies, Lady Vanessa weaves together monologue, ceremony, poetry, hip-hop and […]

Media passes and the Edmonton Fringe

Should a written review be attached to every media comp at the Edmonton Fringe? The Globe and Mail just ran a very interesting story about a controversy that started at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival and continued […]

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

If you’re looking for a great debrief on the recently concluded Edmonton Fringe, head over to the I Don’t Get It podcast. I joined a panel of my fellow Beer Tent Reviewers for a lively […]

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Rushing in to fill the void left by the departure of alt-weeklies, the Beer Tent Reviews (BTR) zine just landed at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe. The zine is print-only and the reviews are words-only – […]

Food and drink pairings at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe

Finding the best food and drink pairings at the Fringe is a finely honed skill that I’ve developed over the past 12 years of spending way too much time on the Fringe grounds during marathon […]

Check Me Out: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

At turns funny, clever and heartfelt, Check Me Out delves into a quartet of women’s lives and relationships as they unfold in the alley behind Pennywise Family Grocery. The four characters are vividly different from […]

Gender? I Hardly Know Them: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Gender is dead; welcome to the funeral.” So declare performers Elena Eli Belyea and Sydney Campbell at the outset of their raucously witty sketch comedy show. The duo are practiced comedians and present a barrage […]

You Belong Here: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Fans of Brooklyn-based Martin Dockery will not be disappointed with his entry at this year’s Fringe. You Belong Here follows suit with Dockery’s signature brand of storytelling: rambling and digressive, delving into the humour of […]

Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Queer alien space cabaret” is as apt a description as any for this zany little show featuring Niuboi (Julie Ferguson), a trans non-binary alien who has come from space “to save the world from a […]

The Birthday Party: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Harold Pinter’s 1958 absurdist classic is a play that you should see at least once, if for no other reason than its seminal importance in the history of drama – not to mention in Pinter’s […]

Edmonton Fringe 2019: opening night and review of Eusha

This is my 12th year reviewing Fringe shows and I’ve got a well-rehearsed opening night routine. I head to the Fringe grounds (via ETS – seriously just don’t try to drive to the Fringe) a […]