Exchange Reviews

Fruit Flies Like a Banana World Tour

I have seen this group before and I have to admit that I had forgotten how gifted these three people are.  The show is absolutely entertaining, although I cannot imagine a more unlikely trio of instruments; bass trombone,  flute and percussion. Together they make...

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The Death of Me

No one captures the true spirit of the Fringe Festival better than Leith Clark. The Death of Me is not one of Leith's original plays, but a one act comedy written by Norm Foster.   Leith has cast two young actors who are relative newcomers to the Fringe Festival, Mark...

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I Love You Too, Grand Salto

You will become completely familiar with the word 'szeretlek,' both in pronunciation and meaning, by the end of this charming, historical love story set in post-WWII Hungary. While the dance/physical theatre moments could have been tighter, the quaint soundtrack and...

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Edgar Allen: Dark, Quirky, Odd

This was the strange, but strangely compelling, show I was hoping to find this year. From the opening ukelele chords accompanied by Hartman's manic expressions, I was struck by the dark humour. Hartman's "Edgar Allen" character is over the top, with huge near...

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By Jeeves, I enjoyed this

Maybe I'm just missing Downton Abbey, but Wooster Sauce was a lovely injection of upper class British humour. John Huston morphs from Jeeves to Wooster and weaves his tales of social order - or more often, chaos. Huston is fun to watch, lovely to listen to, and has a...

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Crazy Ride!

Angela Neff has a lot of siblings, a lot of stories, and a lot of baggage. But she brings it all to the stage with a cowboy hat, a box, and a whole lot of storytelling charm. This one-woman show is mostly about her father - a manic depressive who is larger than life....

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A New Look at an Old Trump

What can you say about Donald Trump that hasn’t been said before? That hasn’t been discussed, debated, disputed, asserted and fought over on practically every major news show in the free world since “the Donald” became the republican candidate and went on to win the...

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You’ll Love Bill Pats

Pats' examination of everything wrong with every system out there is tough to watch for all the right reasons; the bitch of living within a literal institution or a societal one is told through the story of death row inmate Daryl Kane and a selection of peripheral...

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Horrible Friends, but Fun to Watch

The Horrible Friends are a Winnipeg Fringe staple that I have admittedly never seen since, er-hem, I am not a huge improv fan. Their show consists of a variety of fairly standard improv games which I have always found more accessible to the non-improv connoisseur than...

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The Incredible Journey

In Periscope, writer and performer Megan Phillips is on a journey of self-discovery, and whether that journey includes taking mind-altering drugs seems to be up for debate. In her search for happiness, she makes the wrong decision at a comedy party and experiences...

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Almost a Stepmom

Compelling Irish Tale Well Told   It is talent – not luck (o’ the Irish) – that makes Almost a Stepmom a delight from beginning to end. The aforementioned talent belongs to Vancouver-based Keara Barnes, writer and performer of this autobiographical, one-woman...

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Josephine

Talented Young Performer Becomes Josephine Josephine is this year’s must-see Fringe show simply because, for an hour, the audience is treated to the haunting voice and commanding presence of Tymisha Harris. Harris begins the show in a stunning, black-sequined,...

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The Mod Couple

The Mod Couple, a play written by Molly Cross-Blanchard and produced by Not10 Productions is an entertaining sit-com like presentation that, as you might expect, copies much from the "Odd Couple", even the opening music was the original theme song. Max and Guy are...

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The (Un)Happy Medium

The (Unhappy) Medium, written by Heather Madill who also played the central character, and directed by Alan MacKenzie is an entertaining, funny and thought provoking play about living with Anxiety and Depression, literally.   The writing brilliantly brings humour to...

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Nothing Weak here

There is a plethora of great storytelling happening at the Winnipeg Fringe this year, and Sam Mullins is among them. Storytelling is so heavily reliant on the style of the performer. They aren't relying on props, costumes, other performers. It's them, their voice, and...

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Angels, Aliens, and Talent

Impressed. I couldn't help but be impressed by the talent of Sydney Hayduk and Jeff Leard. Their instant and hilarious transformations into other characters throughout the show was enough. Add to that comic timing, expressive faces, and physical comedy - yeah, they're...

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On ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur…

While the the Flight crew's program subtitles their show as 'The Little Prince Returns,' the piece is more of a reboot than a sequel of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's French classic 'Le Petit Prince.' However, unlike many of the reboots the cinema throws at us these days,...

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Executing Justice

Executing Justice is a one actor show written and performed by Bill Patts.  Bill is an excellent actor and has written a profound, disturbing and thought provoking play. As well as the main character, he also portrays five other supporting roles.  We initially see his...

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Mennonites Guide to Street Fighting 4

Mennonite's Guide to Savage Street Fighting 4: Cards Against The Rascals The Crosseyed Rascals have again brought their "clean" comedy show to the Fringe Festival.  The group is energetic and fun, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable hour.  Children respond so well to...

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Are You Ready to Rock, Winnipeg?!

The West End Cultural Centre is a beloved music venue for Winnipeggers and is thus the perfect venue for Die Roten Punkte’s Eurosmash concert. The lighting, fog, and on-site availability of booze set a perfect stage for tonight’s internationally acclaimed faux punk...

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Around the World in 60 Minutes

Fruit Flies Like a Banana, and so did every attendee at the spectacularly sold-out matinée I attended on Saturday. Since this is the best damn world tour that you can take without leaving the Warehouse, please excuse me while I gush about this extraordinary experience...

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SLAM! is snapping good art

This was my first poetry slam. Previous experience was limited to the occasional exposure within a different show, or popular Youtube videos making the social media rounds. I knew it could possibly be funny, or intense. I knew that you snapped your fingers to express...

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Padre X

Marc A. Moir beautifully tells the story of John Weir Foote, a Canadian Chaplain who heroically helped save many soldiers’ lives and ended up as a prisoner of war.   Marc is an energetic and dynamic actor who brings intense emotion to his story and truly brings it to...

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The Bunker

The Bunker is a two actor play about the last two people remaining in a bunker, and possibly the world. The play begins at the one year anniversary of their stay, immediately following the exit of 10 others who were with them had left and returned to the surface, and...

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Edgar Allan

Katie Hartman and Nick Ryan completely captivated their audience in the production of Edgar Allan. This is a story of two eleven year old boys who meet at a private school and develop a friendship. The story is carried forward through the music and singing of both...

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Fear is Funny!

Everyone knows someone who has a completely irrational phobia.  My Gramma was terrified of cows and hated them after she was chased by one as a girl.  We all have a friend who can't stand clowns because of It.  We won't even discuss spiders.  Of course we have the...

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#ShakespeareNotShakespeare

Time's Fancy is something a bit different - Shakespeare didn't write it, Winnipegger Kevan Bowkett did. But it's hard to tell the difference. Admittedly, I'm not a Shakespeare expert, but as a theatre-goer and artist, I enjoy a good Bard tale, if it's well-told. The...

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On Love should be On your list

When I see a play like On Love performed at Fringe - or anywhere else during the year - I am reminded how very lucky we are to live in a city filled with such talented people. On Love is a presentation of verbatim taped interviews about - you guessed it, Love. Not...

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Fragments

“Fragments” is the reading of an original poem written by Lara Rae with material provided by Catherine Wreford Ledlow. It is a deeply personal story about the challenges and the journeys of both of these brave women. The poem is frank, honest, direct and passionate as...

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Flight

Flight, the Little Prince Returns, is a story told through word and movement. The three performers, Cynthia Price as the Prince, Christian Sullivan as the Pilot and Taylor Casa as the Cactus are all tremendously talented physical actors with great acrobatic and...

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Macbeth Muet

Macbeth Muet is a delightful presentation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth delivered without a spoken word. The two actors, Jeremie Francoeur and Clara Prevost, primarily play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth but perform other roles in the play as well; Macduff and Lady Macduff, the...

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Fee Fie Foe…

I seem to have a penchant for opening nights or, in this case, opening afternoons, so we'll forgive some of the sound/light, etc. that may not have gelled in the way it was supposed to, but there's a few I'll reference because I think it's stylistic thing and not...

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How About a Little Fromage With That?

Full disclosure: I am perhaps one of the nerdiest nerds you know when it comes to both Canadian history and comedy, so my expectations going into this one were super high. The pre-show music pinned those hopes even higher; there are few things more Canadian than a...

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Relatable toughness!

Storytellers are a unique brand of performer, and one for which I have immense respect. They take their personal stories, and share them with a group of total strangers. It can be pretty intense. TOUGH is comedic storytelling by Erin Rodgers of Toronto, about her...

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Joe Job

Cory Wojcik had probably the busiest season of any actor in the city last year. How he had time to write such a wonderful play at the same time is simply mind boggling. Joe Job is a play about two people whose lives intersect at different times in their lives, in...

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The Red Letters

Fringe Festival provides an opportunity for writers/thespians to present that about which they are most passionate. This is definitely the case of the Jason Daase production of The Red Letters. Jason presents Jesus Christ crucified, sermonizing and risen. While the...

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This is an example of what a review from one of our Fringe Exchange reviewers will look like. These posts are aggregated in the top-most section of the homepage at https://fringe.exchange. Throughout the festival we will be sending members of our review team out to as...

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Patron Ratings

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  1. Prophecy
    Rating: 9.4. From 5 votes.
  2. The House of Yes
    Rating: 9.1. From 8 votes.
  3. Josephine
    Rating: 8.8. From 9 votes.
  4. On Love
    Rating: 8.8. From 4 votes.
  5. The Time In-Between
    Rating: 8.7. From 6 votes.
  6. The Standoff
    Rating: 8.7. From 6 votes.
  7. Comedy is Funny Again
    Rating: 8.7. From 3 votes.
  8. A Fatal Step
    Rating: 8.7. From 3 votes.
  9. The Bald Soprano
    Rating: 8.6. From 5 votes.
  10. Fruit Flies Like a Banana: World Tour
    Rating: 8.5. From 4 votes.