Tonight, I’ll be live-tweeting the Out-of-Towner’s Fringe-for-All which begins at 11 p.m. at Cabaret du Mile End, 5240 Park Ave.
This Montreal Fringe Festival event is, beyond a doubt, the best way to catch glimpses of road-tested shows from across the country and around the world.
For critics, it means the final step in our choosing process. We”ve already made our way through a big fat press kit. And we have sat through the earlier Fringe-for-All for local artists. (All 93 acts of it.) Tonight’s show starts later, but it will be shorter for two reasons. Number one, the festival quotas guarantee that there will be far more local acts than visiting ones. Secondly, tonight, each company is allowed only one minute to shine on stage. The locals, possibly presumed to be slower to the punch, were allowed two minutes.
Because of press deadlines, I have already chosen my Ten Top Picks which will be published in Saturday’s paper. But do keep an eye on this blog (and on my Twitteraccount @patstagepage), because I’m reserving my sacred right to change my mind on a moment’s whim in this wonderful Internet age.
One show which didn’t quite make my final cut, but remains tantalizing, is a dark, interactive clown show called Butt Kapinski, Private Eye. (See photo). It’s created and performed by Deanna Fleysher, from Los Angeles, where she’s a resident artist at Artworks Theatre. She also co-wrote the show, with Eric Davis (best know at theMontreal Fringe as The Red Bastard), who also directed it. Davis is currently performing in Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS in Los Angeles.
Fringe Central at the corner of Rachel and St. Laurent Blvd. will be hopping with music tonight, too. Beginning at 6 p.m. The bands include The Filthy Five, Lakes of Canada and Irreverend James and The Critical Mass Choir. All free. And the beer is cheap.