Okay – so much happening, so I’ll be brief.
Toronto Fringe had its official opening late yesterday afternoon and by the time I got to the box office around 5 p.m., the place was buzzing with postering and post carding and a short line-up for tix. Props to the Fringe volunteers, especially those who were out working in that stinkin’ heat yesterday – and the box office staff, who exhibited grace under pressure while sorting out their printer issues. I now have my 10-play pass to the Fringe.
On my way in, I bumped into Kat Leonard’s husband Rod Pizarro, who’s an amazing photographer. He’s up for taking production pics, so give him a look at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinymex You can contact Rod at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 416-825-3167.
And while I was waiting in the box office line, I bumped into Andrea Brown (a theatre pal I met during Lady Windermere’s Fan at Alumnae Theatre, along with her husband Pat) – and she’s doing a show The Princess of Porn: The Musical. Seriously, she had me at “porn,” then she had to go tell me that this was yet another show where she’d be appearing in her undergarments. For info: http://www.meandsnowwhite.com/apps/blog/show/16357184-the-princess-of-porn-the-musical- And check out this link for pics: http://www.meandsnowwhite.com/apps/photos/ (Andrea is the lovely lady in the baby blue dress in the photo I’ve included here.)
Other shows that have come to my attention: Mum and the Big C (at Randolph Theatre) and Ways to Kill Ethyl (at Factory Theatre Main Space).
Shout out to the folks at Theatromania, who are covering the Fringe fest – check out their great interviews with Fringe production folks here: http://www.theatromania.ca/
Also, I wanted to remind folks – especially those of you who are fans of Japanese cinema – that the Shinsedai Cinema Festival is coming, opening a week from today, running July 12-15. Check out the scoop on this festival here: http://shinsedai.ca/