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Review: ‘Joe Job’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

Review: ‘Joe Job’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Joe Job
Cory Wojcik and Ana Darrach-Gagnon in ‘Joe Job,’ on now at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. (ADAM KELLY PHOTO)

Use your best Stefon voice and say it with me: Immersive sets are the hottest thing right now. There’s an Off-Broadway production of Sweeney Todd that takes place in a pie shop, and the Broadway production of Once had a functioning bar that was open to audience members before the show and during intermission (hint, hint, Royal MTC, for your production next year). So, when I heard that Winnipeg theatre vet Cory Wojcik was premiering an original play at Fools & Horses about working at a coffee shop, I was all for it.

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Review: ‘The Trump Card’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

Review: ‘The Trump Card’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

The Trump Card
The cast of ‘The Trump Card,’ from clockwise, Anjali Sandhu, Julie Lumsden, Elliot Lazar, and Connie Manfredi. (KRISTEN EINARSON PHOTO)

I believe in theatre, and art, as a form of escapism. When I go to the theatre, I want to be entertained. I want to check my troubles at the door and forget about my life for a little while. So why on earth would I choose to go to a show about Donald Trump?

District Theatre Collective. That’s why.

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Review: Theatre by the River’s ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

Review: Theatre by the River’s ‘4.48 Psychosis’ at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival

By Diana Chabai (@dianachabai)

Elizabeth Whitbread
Elizabeth Whitbread in ‘4.48 Psychosis,’ on now at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. (GIOVANNI NAVARRO PHOTO)

The Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is the best time of the year. For $20, anyone can get dinner and a show. Or two shows. Or just dinner, and hang around The Cube and catch the “free” (please donate to the performers) entertainment. No matter what you choose to see, please go. Enjoy and support local theatre.

To kick off my Fringe season, I saw Theatre by the River’s production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis – potentially the show with one of, if not the, heaviest subject matters of the festival. At 10 p.m. Sounds like a good time to me.

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Despite Rain, Fringe Festival Brings Out Nearly 100,000

Despite Rain, Fringe Festival Brings Out Nearly 100,000

By Sarah Klein

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival (LEIF NORMAN PHOTO)

Five days of thundershowers didn’t deter visitors from checking out the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival this year.

Organizers say the 29th annual festival drew a total of 98,020 people to 176 sold-out performances. Box offices revenues were $724,288, which was returned to the performing companies.

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‘Causin’ a Commotion’ a New Addition to Winnipeg Fringe

‘Causin’ a Commotion’ a New Addition to Winnipeg Fringe

Causin' a Commotion
‘Causin’ a Commotion’ us opening at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. (HANDOUT)

A new high-flying aerial show will make its debut at this year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival.

“Causin’ a Commotion” is an energetic story about a villain who is stealing all of the fun while the heroes seek out to save the city from a terrible fate of life without laughter.

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Winnipeg Fringe Festival Attendance, Box Office Revenues Break Records

Winnipeg Fringe Festival Attendance, Box Office Revenues Break Records

Tianna the Traveller
Tianna the Traveller performs in Old Market Square during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on July 18, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Organizers of this year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival are smiling wide after a record-setting event.

Attendance, box office revenues and the number of shows included were all up compared to previous years.

A total of 108,721 patrons took in indoor shows — an increase of about 4,000 people from 2014.

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Winnipeg Fringe Festival Smashing Attendance Records

Winnipeg Fringe Festival Smashing Attendance Records

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Crowds gather in Old Market Square to take in performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival on July 18, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)
Ross Vegas
Australian performer Ross Vegas puts on a show in Old Market Square. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

This year’s Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival is continuing to break attendance records.

Organizers say they had a record-breaking opening weekend, despite threats of some unfavourable weather.

Sixty-seven sellout performances and 41,811 tickets were told. That’s up from about 40,000 tickets sold in the first five days in 2014.

At the Fringe this week:

• Free, noon-hour concert series at Old Market Square continues with performances by the Dirty Catfish Brass Band, The Honey Sliders and Slow Leaves.

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