By Sara Elizabeth Taylor
CALGARY — Every summer, the Calgary Fringe Festival brings some of the most experimental, innovative, and sometimes just plan weird theatrical creations to our city. Below are a few of the picks from this year’s Festival, running July 31 – August 8. Check out their full schedule at CalgaryFringe.ca — with most plays under an hour and all under $20, you have nothing to lose!
North East: The Show/NE: KILL HARD
Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary, AB)
Loose Moose Theatre (Venue Boutique)
July 31, August 1 / August 7, 8
Local Loose Moose theatre vets Andrew Phung and Jamie Northan bring their touring improve show on life growing up in northeast Calgary. The final weekend of this year’s Fringe Fest will bring the Calgary premiere of a new twist to the show with a KILL HARD mash-up, where the pair will be adding a new twist to the show by performing a live, improvised action movie onstage.
Helmut’s Big Day
Red Phone Theatre (Calgary, AB)
July 31, August 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
High on the wall that separates the Great Plain from the Barren Plain, two soldiers, Sabir and Katar, proudly stand, defending their empire. If only they could remember which plain is which… This dark comedy and winner of the 2014 Alberta Playwriting Competition is making its world premiere at the Calgary Fringe Festival.
White Collar Crimes (Portland, OR)
Lantern Church Sanctuary
July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 5, 7
Two magicians have been accused of murder, but they can’t seem to agree on whether they did it. Using humour, puppets and a little bit of magic, they reveal their mysterious history and try to get themselves out of their desperate situation.
Girl Meets Boy (Windsor, ON)
July 31, August 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
Two actors use a physical form of theatre known as Contact to bring Now What? to life. Using little more than two people and the magic of touch, this piece traces the moments of a relationship: awkward first meetings, injury, and pressures in the bedroom.
The History of Waking Up
Ouroboros Shadow Pictures (Berkeley, CA)
Lantern Church Fellowship Hall
July 31, August 1, 4, 6, 8
Behind a freestanding shadow screen, music, lights and movement come together to create an evocative and unique experience called shadow theatre. Set after a tragic incident, The History of Waking Up explores two people’s perceptions of time and struggles with loneliness.
The 11 O’Clock Number!
Grindstone Theatre (Edmonton, AB)
Alexandra Centre Society
August 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if it was a musical? Well wonder no more — Edmonton’s Grindstone Theatre is here to answer the question with their dynamic improvisation piece The 11 O’Clock Number! Each night, one audience member will be chosen, interviewed and used as the inspiration for a musical complete with dance numbers, unexpected twists and hilarious songs.
With a contributed listing from Shane FlugAB, Alberta, Calgary Fringe Festival, improv, live theatre