By JANET DAVIE
Take a break from going to the movies this week and instead head to the Calgary Fringe Festival, Calgary’s premier celebration of the theatre. Originating in Edinburgh, Scotland, “fringe festivals” have become some of the largest art festivals in the world, and the Calgary chapter has taken root in Inglewood. There truly is something for everyone at the festival, as genres include drama, comedy, improv, and more.
With over 160 diverse performances of over 20 productions spanning the nine days of Calgary Fringe (with show times slotted for both afternoons and evenings) there is plenty of time to check out a new favourite show. Here are some we’re excited to check out:
A Picasso is a dramatic tale that takes place in Paris during the 1940s when the beautiful and mysterious Miss Fischer summons iconic artist Pablo Picasso to a private vault. There, Picasso must attest to the authenticity of confiscated paintings. When Picasso finds the real reason of the verification, tensions rise and negotiations come into play.
Oscar buffs won’t want to miss Best Picture, a wild comedy in which all previous films that have scored the most coveted Oscar award are lampooned in 60 minutes.
A man takes his partner to meet his crazy trailer-park family in Tales Too Tall for Trailers, in which songs, shadow puppetry, and strange stories come together to tell a heartwarming tale.
Along with the plays, the Inglewood SunFest, happening August 1st, is a family-friendly outdoor event and a collaboration that includes street performers, vendors, dancers, and a bouncy castle for the kids.
The Fringe Festival runs from July 31 – August 8 at various venues in Inglewood. www.calgaryfringe.ca