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Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival Breaks Box Office Record

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival Breaks Box Office Record

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

For its 31st year, the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival set an impressive box office revenue record to close out its annual run.

Organizers said Monday that indoor ticketed attendance totalled $103,251 with 245 sold-out performances and $890,624 in box office revenue. The total revenue represents a 1.75% increase over last year.

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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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