Venue 5 – La Nouvelle Scène Gilles Desjardins - Studio B

METRO BEST OF FEST – The Inventor of All Things

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The Inventor of All Things (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

So Leo Szilard is a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.
When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.
The Atomic Bomb.
Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.
Which has just become Nazi Berlin.
It is what happens next.
It is a true story.
He was very funny.
And prize-winningly eccentric.
And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.
Smash hit FringeTour 2015.
“Terrific ” ★★★★★ – StarPhoenix
“Superb” ★★★★ 1/2 stars – Edmonton Sun.
“Magnetic, mesmerising” – CBC
“The unbelievable true story of Hungarian-American physicist and inventor Leo Szilard… Jem Rolls is dynamic, funny, and passionate …proves that truth is stranger than fiction in this incredibly entertaining and engaging story … reminiscent of a party guest telling a story over dinner… It is my belief that his story has enriched my life.“ – Apartment 613, June 2015
“A Gem of a performance!… Rolls turns the life story of this incredible human being, who escaped the Nazis, into the masterful adventure of a superhero. The range of his delivery is enormous and it is this playful delivery that stimulates our attention and keeps us glued for a whole hour.” -Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle, June 2015.
“Beloved performer” – Montreal Gazette, June 2015
A big story of a little man in big times.

Hotter Than Potter

Keith Brown

Expect the unexpected from world-class Magician Keith Brown with his new show Hotter Than Potter. Keith has inspired wonder in over 17 countries and counting. Toronto’s Best Magician & he’s not even from Toronto! See it to believe it! It’s Absolute Magic!

★★★★★ “Don’t Miss This!” -CBC

“You’re INCREDIBLE!” -Dave Grohl

“Mind-bending, mind-boggling and mind-blowing!” -Orlando Sentinel

NEW WORK

Xave Ruth: Music + Comedy + Math

Xave Ruth

Xave Ruth writes comedic songs about love, robots, bicycles, science, people named Steve, and two or three other things. Math teacher by day, his teacherly impulses creep into his show in the form of games, crafts, audience participation, and math-music-pattern-experiments. Come hear some music, laugh some laughs, and play some bingo!

NEW WORK

The Iliad for Dummies

Lauriane Lehouillier, Julie Malenfant & Valérie Soares

Homer’s The Iliad is a complex epic poem that intricates war and politics among the livings and the Gods, making it almost impossible to understand thousands of years after it was first told! Using everyday objects, The Iliad for Dummies takes the essence of the story and vulgarizes it in a modern way that takes away its nobility, its pretension, its censorship and…its decency.

Fish Saw

Sachie Mikawa & George Lewis

Through the eyes of a giant talking Fish, a magical encounter of two girls across time and oceans tells a story of an eccentric family and incredible natural disaster in Japan. A multimedia one-woman theatrical show deeply inspired by the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami.

“IDIOSYNCRATIC GENIUS” -The Scotsman

NEW WORK

The Home Show

Evolution Theatre

In my beginning is my end. (T.S. Eliot). Does the place you live define you as a person? Is our idea of home being transformed by forces beyond our control? From treasured spaces of the past, to harsh streets, to catastrophe, to shelter and sanctuary, Evolution Theatre’s exploration of where we live is a theatrical open house on the subject of home.
Director/Dramaturge: Laurie Fyffe
Cast: William Beddoe, Jacqui Du Toit and Norah Paton
Musician/Sound: Jack Pyl
NEW WORK

 

Executing Justice

Bill Pats

A 2013 Angus Reid Poll revealed that 66% of Canadians support the return of capital punishment.  

April 7, 2030, 11 pm: Daryl Kane is one hour away from being the first person executed in Canada since 1962. This is his story.

2014 Rintoul Award Winner -Winnipeg Fringe

“Pats exhibits raw emotion on stage.” -Saskatoon Star Phoenix  

DEB Talks

Deborah Ring

DEB Talks: Some ideas are not worth spreading.

In this for-profit solo character comedy show, you are invited to watch some of the most non-expert experts talk words at you. DEB Talks 2017 is sketch comedy all about the spirit of radically thoughtless ideas.

People have said nice things about Deb: “Ring is deadly funny”, “seriously funny” and she “must have sketch comedy built into [her] DNA.”

The Inventor of All Things

jem rolls

So Leo Szilard is a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.
When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.
The Atomic Bomb.
Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.
Which has just become Nazi Berlin.
It is what happens next.
It is a true story.
He was very funny.
And prize-winningly eccentric.
And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.
Smash hit FringeTour 2015.
“Terrific ” ★★★★★ – StarPhoenix
“Superb” ★★★★ 1/2 stars – Edmonton Sun.
“Magnetic, mesmerising” – CBC
“The unbelievable true story of Hungarian-American physicist and inventor Leo Szilard… Jem Rolls is dynamic, funny, and passionate …proves that truth is stranger than fiction in this incredibly entertaining and engaging story … reminiscent of a party guest telling a story over dinner… It is my belief that his story has enriched my life.“ – Apartment 613, June 2015
“A Gem of a performance!… Rolls turns the life story of this incredible human being, who escaped the Nazis, into the masterful adventure of a superhero. The range of his delivery is enormous and it is this playful delivery that stimulates our attention and keeps us glued for a whole hour.” -Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle, June 2015.
“Beloved performer” – Montreal Gazette, June 2015
A big story of a little man in big times.