All in the Timing, Miller’s Son & From the Oven Productions sketch comedy offering at this years Toronto Fringe Festival, delivers a curation of sketches with wit as sharp and precisely placed as a mountain climber’s axe through Trotsky’s skull (which happens to be in the play, and it’s just one of those images that sticks with you afterwards).
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In The Emergency Monologues, paramedic Morgan Jones Phillips tells stories which definitely bear no relationship whatsoever to any actual calls he may or may not have been sent to handle, so there. The fact that he knows them all off by heart is, clearly, neither here nor there. At his Toronto Fringe Festival show, you spins the wheel and you takes your chances: maybe he’ll tell you about Edna and her Poo, or the various sundry and delightful Smells he encounters in his work, or — you lucky dog, you– the Legend of Penis Guy.
And, remember, this is fiction. Definitely, 100% pure fiction. So don’t go thinking otherwise. Not even if he winks.
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Dr. Frightful Presents: Dead Air is a tribute to old-timey radio. In this Toronto Fringe Festival show, four actors work their way through a Friday-night double feature in which the walking dead overtake America, town by town. Augmented by live sound effects and slapstick comedy, audiences will gasp, shriek and chuckle while they squirm over the evening’s key questions: will our intrepid radio heroes make it to the Safe Zone, or will the actors kill each other first?
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The playbill for this Mind Bang Productions family drama asserts that the play is based on a true story. What the playbill doesn’t tell you is that the play’s true story might very well be yours as well as its creator’s. For an hour’s time during the Toronto Fringe Festival, St. Vlad’s Theatre is transformed into a place of warm welcomes, homemade food, and deeply uncomfortable personal questions: Grandma and Grandpa’s house. And for an hour’s time, audiences are invited to step inside and eavesdrop on one weary grandson’s Conversations with Dork.
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