The answer is yes, of course you should Fringe. But much like Luminato, many of my non-theatre-y friends don’t get what the ef the Fringe is or why they should bother with it.
You should bother with it because if you haven’t been, it’s unlike anything you’ve experienced before. If you’ve been in the past, but not recently, then it’s still unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The Toronto Fringe Festival is leaps and bounds from where it once was (there’s an iPad app!) and it’s really something to behold.
In addition to the multitude of plays at approx. 20 different venues, there’s also a 24-Hr playwriting competition, the first ever Visual Fringe, the Creation Lab and the Fringe Tent which hosts talks, lectures shows, music, and is the main social hub for anything Fringe-related (yes, it’s licensed). There is so much going on at the Fringe that it’s actually impossible to do everything.
This is why you need my best friend, organization, to tackle the Fringe.
Still unsure of how/what the Fringe is? Get a program.
The Toronto Fringe Festival programs are free and are your comprehensive bibles to the festival. Click here for a list of locations where they’re available. Click here to download it online.
You NEED this program.
Once you have the program, read it. Read it cover to cover. There are short descriptions of each performance (with times, dates and casts) and make a note of the ones that interest you. You’ll be surprised at the variety of theatre and you’ll most likely know several people involved.
TICKETS & PASSES
If you see several shows you’re interested in, check out the option of buying a Fringe ticket pass. You can purchase passes for 12, 9, or 5 shows and it makes things simple. Click here for more info on how to buy them and single advance tickets.
If you’re more of a fly-by-the-seats-of-pants person, you can buy any show tickets at the door for $10 (ALL FRINGE TIX ARE $10. So cheap!), up to 1 hour before the show starts. Cash only and limited to 4/person. Caution: there’s usually a queue for these.
More cautionary words:
- Don’t be late! Shows start on time and latecomers aren’t admitted.
- If you miss the show, there are no refunds! So don’t be a sukka and be punctual.
The Fringe is a hub of creativity and fun and it’s very accessible to everyone. Instead of going to Terroni again, why not take the $ you’d spend on one meal of delicious pizza and spend it on several days participating in one of the most unique, cultural events that happens in the city. You won’t regret it.
Throughout the Fringe I’ll be posting Q&As with actors and directors who have shows in the festival so stay tuned for a more insider view!
Go get your program!