Montreal fringe – half way

With three shows left at the Montreal Fringe festival, we are half way through our performances. Montreal has been quite an experience so far. We have been performing to small but enthusiastic houses, and the appreciation and compliments we’ve received from the audiences has been wonderful.

I’ve had the chance to see a few shows so far, and while there are a lot of shows I would love to see, it’s going to be a challenge to see them all.

A couple of highlights from fringe so far: first and foremost: Osara Soup, a gifted performance troupe from Japan. Their show “My Exploding Family” is still one of the best of fringe for me. It was a thrill to have them come to our show and be as enthusiastic about our show as we are about theirs. They gave a shout out to our show after their performance and even did an impression of our poster, which was hilarious and flattering. I can’t wait to see what this troupe does next.

Meeting some of the other performers has also been great. A bunch will be traveling to other fringes, so you should definitely check them out. Toronto audiences should see Tinfoil Dinosaur during Toronto Fringe, and Winnipeg has The Ukrainian Dentist’s Daughter to look forward to. The Gadfly will perform in Edmonton and Vancouver. I would name more but I’m drawing a blank on other shows that are traveling the circuit. There are a bunch though, and you should see them.

Our next show is Thursday at 7:45pm. We’re hoping that the good press and audience buzz we’ve been receiving will result in large enthusiastic houses.

I will let you know.

A big risk, but a good risk

Now that my fellow work mates have been officially informed, I can finally let the cat out of the bag.  I haven’t been able to blog about it until now, because I needed to break the news at work.

I am about to take what is probably the biggest risk of my life. I have decided to leave my place of employment, give up my apartment and follow a dream.  You see Keystone Theatre will be taking The Last Man on Earth to four Fringe Festivals across Canada, and I’m going to reprise my role as Gormless Joe in Keystone’s latest play in the style of silent film.

To make this work, I’m giving up a certain amount of comfort and security: giving up the job, giving up my apartment, putting my stuff into storage. But it will be worth it.  I believe in this show, and I want people to see it.  I believe that the benefits will outweigh the risks in the long run.

And its going to be a great adventure.  I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.