by Paula Citron
To get a sample of the Fringe Festival, I always pick one theatre on opening night and take whatever comes. This year it was the Glen Morris Theatre.
Justin Sage-Passant hails from Somerset, England and his Manners For Men is brilliant. We meet 32-year-old Frank Wilson, the village nerd, and his bully of an elderly mother. Interspersed with scenes from Frank’s melancholy life, are hilarious interludes of pop culture advice for men.
Toronto’s Susan Fischer has come up with a howler in Dad Who? Evelyn Reese’s Focus on the Family. Reese is a salty old broad – an executive secretary of a certain age – who drapes a bar stool well and has been through three husbands. Her views are decidedly politically incorrect, and she is absolutely delicious.
Jem Rolls, from Edinburgh, Scotland is a performance poet whose provocative words are an assault on the mind.
The 142 Fringe events continue at 30 downtown venues until Jul. 15.
From the Glen Morris Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.