Venue 2 - ODD Box

BEST OF FEST – ODD Box

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SUNDAY, JUNE 24

On closing night, the Festival’s best selling shows – one from each of the Fringe’s six lottery venues – will stage a round of encore performances.

Best of Fest winners will be announced online on Friday, June 22, with the performances serving as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe. Ticket revenue from these performances are split 50/50 between the artist and the Festival.

Re:Construct

Even Gilchrist

Struggling to craft his magnum opus, an artist pieces together fragments of his past. He debates with another side of himself about which parts of his life should be used as inspiration and which should be hidden from the rest of the world.

Which aspects of ourselves do we put on display for people to understand who we truly are? How do we craft the image of ourselves to be its most beautiful?

An exploration of a transgender experience, Re:Construct confronts the process of creating an image unique to the self only to satisfy the expectations of others.

The Date

Phoebe Webber

Dating isn’t easy. Phoebe has a blind date. As a woman of a certain age, she knows what to expect. Join her as she waits for his arrival with a calm maturity that is in no way influenced by her fear of the unknown. Plus various opera arias.

A Brief History of Petty Crime

Jimmy Hogg

The British comedian, storyteller and Fringe favourite returns with tales of juvenile delinquency; physical, fast-paced, hilarious storytelling with a car crash and plenty of tangents.

OUTSTANDING COMEDY: 2009, 2011

“Part Rik Mayall, Eric Idle and Eddie Izzard, bellowing British comedy-actor Jimmy Hogg whips around the stage like an excitable Labrador puppy. Hysterically tangential.” – Now Toronto

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Elliot Delage

2 actors. 12 characters. 45 minutes.

Two actors bring to life twelve characters in their mid twenties, already parents or still kids themselves, longing for the past or projecting into the future. As they slalom through life, they attempt to find “purpose” through work, dance, murder and procreation.

Costume changes and sound cues happen on stage in this original drama, giving the audience an intimate glimpse into the characters’ lives.

Rocko and Nakota: Tales From the Land

Josh Languedoc

Meet Nakota. A young boy who is trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, his grandfather, 103-year-old Rocko, comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This show explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long forgotten stories of the past.

What They Said About Love

Steve Budd

Don’t miss this “Hilarious take on how people fall in love” (East Bay Express). Steve Budd wonders why other people can and he can’t–tie the knot, that is. So he asked couples about the push and pull of love—what keeps them from pulling apart despite annoying the heck out of each other. Meet a New Age couple that swears they met before they met, a pair of Metal Heads who thought it would be a hoot to get married on 6-6-06, and more. Satisfy your voyeuristic tendencies about how others look for love—and, in some cases, find it.

What They Said About Love won Best of the 2016 San Francisco Fringe Festival and is “…funny, poignant, thoughtful, and revealing about the search for love” (TalkinBroadway.com). This is documentary theater at its best, a la Anna Deavere Smith. Steve Budd brings 12 characters to life, using their words from hours of interviews, and weaves in the story of his own search for “the one.” The piece was directed by Mark Kenward, and developed with the help of David Ford at The Marsh, with additional assistance from John Coppola and Slater Penney. Come see what Bay Area audiences have been talking about.

High School High

Alli Harris

What REALLY went down in the French portable? Did your mom drop you off too close to the front of the school, and you’re still pissed? Did your friend sell you drugs, but it was actually just a bag of oregano?

High School High is a one woman musical comedy created and performed by Alli Harris and Directed by AL Connors (Canadian Comedy Award Winner, Prix Rideau Award Winner for Outstanding Direction, and BEST OF FEST Ottawa Fringe 2017 for his solo show DJ Detective.)

Stage Manager: Caterina Fiorindi
Musical Director: Rachel Lloyd

Hold on to your nose, cuz’ it smells like teen spirit.

From one of the creators of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe sell out Rhythm and Burgundy; The Comeback Tour, Alli Harris is back, bringing you a full hour of music, laughter and teen angst.

“Musical guest, Alli Harris, is hilarious and talented” – Winnipeg Free Press

“I have to say though that I fell in love with Alli’s performance. I loved her sincerity, her humor, and her ability to switch from character to character. I am a fan! ” – Mooney On Theatre

“Alli Harris is a clowning comic goldmine, delightfully hamming it up” – The Visitorium

“Accompanist Alli Harris…offering up some hilarious musical transitions” – New Ottawa Critics