by Alain Richer
June 15, 2012
Fringe is here!
The 2012 Ottawa Fringe Festival began last night to good weather, great crowds, and lots of enthusiasm from artists and audience (I don’t think I’ve seen that many people in the Courtyard on opening night since, well, ever).
With 27 performances last night there was lots of buzz (and ticket sales) around Wolves > Boys, Alien Predator: The Musical, Space Mystery… from Outerspace, Crux: The Musical, I’m Not Crying the Bathroom: I’m Crying in the Supply Closet, and Little Orange Man. With many more shows opening tonight – including, but not limited to Lonely Bear, Hip-Hop Shakespeare Live Music Videos, R U Smarter Than an Irishman, and Aerial Allusions – there’s lots to see on Day 2 of Fringe. Remember, most opening performances are 2 for 1, so bring a friend, bring a date, or bring a stranger.
Still wondering what to see? Why not read some reviews to help decide, or stop by the Courtyard every night at 10:00 for Chats with Cat for previews, artist interviews, and contests (sure, maybe the contest won’t help you decide what to see, but it’s fun to win things). And if you’re thinking of coming on the weekend, parents can take advantage of our Mini Fringers program.
Before I go, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the ever diligent Rachel Eugster, who continues to interview artists as part of her Fringe Focus series. I’ll continue to post her interviews throughout the festival. Up first: ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore – opening tonight (and it’s 2 for 1!).
Fringe is here! Go see some shows!