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More Fringe Reviews: 88 Years, Absinthe, Babyzap

Posted by Paloma / June 21, 2008


The Fringe Fest wraps up this weekend, but there are still two days to catch some shows. Fringe Pop music showcase is also well underway, and pay-what-you-can outdoor shows continue at Fringe Central at Parc des Ameriques (Wintersleep tonight!). Here are some more reviews of this year's offerings.

This-Hour-Has-88-Years.gifThis Hour Has 88 Years is an entertaining and poignant history lesson put on by grads of the Dawson College Professional Theatre program. The "Domies," as they refer to themselves, transformed a class called "Dancing Through the Ages" into a musical roundup of the last century, including the Dirty Thirties, the civil rights movement, the Summer of Love, the FLQ crisis, and a moving recollection of the shooting that took place at their school almost two years ago.


A-Leave-of-Absinthe.gifEvery year you come across a Fringe show like A Leave of Absinthe, incomprehensible, nostalgic and only somewhat amusing. The story unfolds in Le Chat Noir, a Parisian café in the year 1888, a year that is "a trinity of infinity possibilities," we hear from the owner Rodolphe Salis (you've seen the name on that ubiquitous poster). The word-association opening is a bit stale, but the attention then turns to the alcoholics who frequent the joint -- a failed painter/writer, a cross-dresser, and a ragdoll named Elise, a central character who's role is never explained. They explore the effects of the stiff green drink, sometimes in French accents, sometimes not. Most confusing of all, before the show we were handed green-tinted paper glasses, but never prompted to put them on. Go see this show if you've had a few glasses of absinthe beforehand.


n22208053209_2386.jpg A funny person once told me, "randomosity is the key to comedy," and Fringe regulars Uncalled For prove that adage, with Blastback Babyzap, sketch comedy at its finest. Best line of the show: "This case has more dead ends than a labyrinth that doesn't use conditioner." BBBZ is a must-see after a long day of fringing.



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