by Ottawa Fringe
June 19, 2008
Good Morning Kampers,
I hope you’re well rested after last night. Â Some of you were up later than you should. Â I know that you’ve learned your lesson and we won’t be seeing more of that behaviour in the next ten days. Â Let us now focus on the activities of the day ahead.
I will be making three blind recommendations today. Â I have not seen any of the shows yet, nor has anyone else. Â I am suggesting these three based on reputation and intuition.Â
The first is the Triumph of Judith Shakespeare. Â This is a mature project out of the Ottawa School of Speech and Drama that previewed last night and owned the stage. Â The performers all had a great energy and gave enough of a taste of the show that I’m intrigued to see the rest of the piece. Â
Number two is Singing at the End of the World, a solo show with Randy Rutherford. Â I met Randy yesterday and found him to be professional in his attention to detail. Â A fellow Fringe performer told me stories of seeing Randy sell this show out in festivals across the continent. Â See it early.
The last show is The Zoo Story, directed by Matt Minter. Â Matt is a friend, a guy I’ve known casually for a few years. Â I’ve seen nothing of this show but there is something about his excitement in directing this Albee play that makes me want to see it. Â The chances are good that you may have seen this show in other Fringes or school productions. Â It’s a textbook two hander with a role that some actors dream to play. Â This show has the chance to shine in the right production on the right night and I would trust Matt to bring that out. Â See it, then let me know what you think.
In fact, you can let us all know by reviewing any Fringe show on ottawafringe.com. Â In the left column there is a Show Listing A-Z heading that will bring you to the page of every show. Â Write you comments, good or bad, to influence other Fringe fans. Â Be critical in your thinking but respectful in your tone. Â This is a great way for patrons and performers alike to learn which shows are working.Â