by Alain Richer
June 24, 2013
Happy Monday everyone!
What a great first weekend of Fringe, despite last night’s rain washing out open mic night in the Courtyard. The less-than-desirable weather hasn’t stopped audiences from heading out to the festival, though. I have yet to attend a show that hasn’t been packed.
Advance ticket sales are so hot this year, we’ve had to bring on more staff to to keep up with the demand (no joke!). Lots and lots of interest in Die, Zombie. Die!, My Second Smile, Superhero Showdown, and Under the Mango Tree, among others.
More sellouts were reported at Sappho…in 9 Fragments, 6 Guitars, and Chesterfield; while Emissions: A Climate Comedy had a huge house in Arts Court Theatre (I was there and saw it with my own eyes), The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy also packed them in, as did We Glow. If you’re at a show that’s sold out let us know! Tweet and tag it #ottfringe!
Weather permitting (come on Thunderstorms, wait until after midnight, okay?) tonight is Fringe-O-Lympics in the Courtyard, where audiences, artists, and Fringe staff will compete in a series of challenges. Three teams enter, only one team survives! Okay, maybe not, but it should still be a good time. Opening ceremonies are at 9:00 pm
Stick around for the post-lympic after-party featuring DJ Gloryhole & DJ Palm Pilot
I finally made it out to some shows (despite being turned away at the door of two sold out shows over the weekend as well). Of everything I was able to see so far my biggest recommendation goes to Monster Theatre’s Assassinating Thomson. Creator/performer Bruce Horak is a Fringe veteran and the show is well worth your time. He’s off until Friday night, which gives you plenty of time to buy those advance tickets.
Happy Fringing. Stay dry!
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Ottawa’s own Dead Unicorn Ink performed Chesterfield to a full house on opening night at Academic Hall. The Festival’s largest venue has not sold out for some years.