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Weekly Update 287 (July 17th-July 24th, '09)

July 17th, 2009 Steve No comments

And we’re back! The Fringe took a lot out of me; I’ve now posted as many  reviews as I’ll get finished to the Review post; I had to shelve those midweek to focus on this week’s edition of the update. I figured it was time to get back into the regular swing, and there’s a LOT of great shows this week. Read on…

In Comedy,

The Just for Laughs Festival continues to the end of the weekend. Many of the gala shows are sold out and/or ridiculously overpriced, but there ARE some great JFL-associated events happening at Second City, Absolute Comedy, and Comedy Bar, like a Sketch Show featuring Bull Hooey and Deadpan PowerPoint, and showcase shows by Nikki Payne and Marc Hickox (as his Teutonic alter ego Heino).

Other shows this week include the 50th edition of Laugh Sabbath’s most popular show, the all-solo-no-stand-up-comedy showcase “The Loner Show“, hosted by Brian Barlow; solid line-ups on regular shows like the “Alt.Dot.Comedy Lounge” and “The Carnegie Hall Show“; and several special one-offs, like a fundraiser for the Rape Crisis centre featuring all female comics (“Snatch and Snatchability“), and a Thursday night stand-up and sketch show featuring Punch Drysdale, Ladystache, and more.

Attention Birdie People! Calcu-Lator and the Oral Presentation play a one night only reunion show tonight (Friday) at the Drake Hotel Underground, with special guests Bob Wiseman and D-Sisive.

Attention Birdie People! Calcu-Lator and the Oral Presentation play a one night only reunion show tonight (Friday) at the Drake Hotel Underground, with special guests Bob Wiseman and D-Sisive.

(For Theatre, Film, and Music, plus the week’s picks, just keep on going…)

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Pitter Patter #400

July 17th, 2009 Steve No comments

Pitter Patter #400, w/ Operon, OPOPO, Marienbad, host Keith Hamilton, more, @ The Boat, 10pm, $5

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"Calcu-Lator & The Oral Presentation"

July 17th, 2009 Steve No comments

Calcu-Lator & The Oral Presentation” (10pm), w/ Bob Wiseman (8:30pm), D-Sisive (9:15pm), DJ Fase (11pm), more, @ The Drake Hotel Underground, 8:30pm, $10

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"36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls"

July 17th, 2009 Steve No comments

36 Little Plays About Hopeless Girls“, w/ Nicole Stamp, Julia Lederer, Lauren Bride, many more, @ Bread and Circus, 6:30pm, $10

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Fringe Festival 2009 Reviews

July 10th, 2009 Steve 2 comments
Wickedly funny bouffon clown Red Bastard's show is one of my highest rated picks for this year's Toronto Fringe Festival so far.

Wickedly funny bouffon clown Red Bastard's show is one of my highest rated shows at this year's Toronto Fringe Festival.

(It became clear to me that it would be unfair to post more Fringe reviews so late after the festival ended, by late July.

I made a tactical error in my coverage of the Fringe this year; I spent the first half of the festival trying to finish the detailed preview posts I had planned, and I didn’t begin writing reviews until close to the end of the festival, when almost a week had passed since I’d started seeing them. I was playing catch-up on a huge backlog of work, and it wouldn’t have been fair to the shows to review them after so much time had lapsed.

Next year, I’ll ensure that any non-review coverage is finished by the time I start seeing shows; in the meantime, if anyone really wants to hear my impression of a particular show that wasn’t reviewed, email me directly at steve@gracingthestage.ca, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions. – Steve)

I haven’t posted to the website in the past few days, and it’s because I’ve been paralyzed by which post I should be focusing on in the few free hours I have when I’m not Fringing.  Should I focus on finishing the ridiculously overdue fourth and final “preview” of Fringe shows? The previous three took enormous amounts of work to write, because I found and hot-linked each show’s FB listing AND website (where possible), and also did enough research for each show (and there were 12 per post!) to zero in on its most salient attributes.

Should I focus on writing up the weekly update, and try and cram as much Fringe into it as possible? It’s slowly coming together, but those are pretty time intensive too. Besides, the only shows that aren’t Fringe related that are listed before Monday are the FREE outdoor concerts this weekend at the Harbourfront Centre’s Beats, Breaks, and Culture Festival:  Holy Fuck (9:30pm), Winter Gloves (8pm), and DD/MM/YYYY (11pm) on Friday, and Broken Social Scene (8pm) and Parallels (7:30pm) on Saturday. So I don’t feel too badly putting that off until Fringe wraps up Sunday evening.

Ultimately, the question people have asked the most is when the capsule reviews of the shows I’ve seen (24 and counting, 41 by the end of my schedule) will start going up. And truthfully, they’re the least labour intensive. Besides, many of the shows that were to be profiled in my final preview post (“Red Bastard“, “Bingo: The Show“, KidsFringe shows like “Rock Time 2009“, etc.), I’ve already seen, and will be reviewing (most quite positively).

So here’s what’s going to happen: I’ll update this post frequently over the next (and final) few days of Fringe with a handful of short reviews at a time. Keep checking back to see the new ones; I’ll be updating this post as often and as quickly as I can between Fringe shows, and late at night.

The cast of David Hein's (centre) "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding" have a big hit on their hands' the shows' been selected for the Best of Fringe since the second day of the Festival, and has had huge line-ups every day at Bread and Circus.

The cast of David Hein's (centre) "My Mother's Lesbian Jewish-Wiccan Wedding" have a big hit on their hands; the show's been selected for the Best of the Fringe since the second day of the Festival, and has had huge line-ups every day at Bread and Circus.

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Fringe!

July 7th, 2009 Steve No comments
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Fringe!

July 7th, 2009 Steve No comments
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Fringe!

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Fringe!

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Fringe!

July 7th, 2009 Steve No comments
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