Alternatives

Trying to overpower the sound of a hovering helicopter through song, spouting Eastern European poetry during an intense “perogie” workout class and making sense out of the clues connected with an overdue library book ( 123 years overdue) are three of the highlights of the performances I’ve seen the last couple of days at the Fringe Festival in London, Ontario. This material is astounding and only a little sample of the range of inspired and creative work offered. Some of it may not be everybody’s cup of tea but it does make a refreshing change from the usual theatrical experience. Don’t get me wrong. I love the traditional, the classic and typical forms of theatre with all my heart and soul. This alternative offering is different, challenging and staged on a shoe string. It provides enough of a change of pace to alter the atmosphere of the different theatre venues somehow. An interesting observation is the overall audience dynamic. They are all ages, arty and comfortable with each other…..it is this acceptance….this vibe….that is truly worth the price of the entire showcase of performances.

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