THE FRINGE: TORONTO'S THEATRE FESTIVAL, featuring 101 companies from Toronto, Canada and the world. Opens tonight (Thursday, July 6) and runs to July 16. $8 or less, children $5 for kids' shows, some discounts, $2 surcharge on advance tickets. 966-1062, advance sales 862-2222. Complete Fringe listings and map on pages 68-69. Artword Theatre (75 Portland)
Factory Studio Cafe (125 Bathurst) Factory Studio Cafe (125 Bathurst)
George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire) George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire)
Glen Morris Studio (4 Glen Morris) Glen Morris Studio (4 Glen Morris)
Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George) Helen Gardiner Phelan Playhouse (79A St. George)
Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston) Palmerston Library Theatre (560 Palmerston)
Poor Alex Theatre (296 Brunswick) Poor Alex Theatre (296 Brunswick)
Robert Gill Theatre (214 College) Robert Gill Theatre (214 College)
St. Vladimir Theatre (620 Spadina) St. Vladimir Theatre (620 Spadina)
and various bring-your-own-venue sites and various bring-your-own-venue sites
FRINGE SURVIVAL TIPS
"Don't be fooled by catchy, sexy play titles."
Brenda McFarlane, Slut
"Avoid actor types. Remember your mantra, 'Me, me, me.'"
Kim Kuhteubl, Pigeon
"Don't read reviews for a year. Then do it only when really tired or drunk."
Ophira Eisenberg, Vansession Rating: NNNNN
Bring a safety net and a parachute. The Fringe: Toronto's Theatre Festival takes you over the edge for 11 high-wire days. Beginning tonight (July 6), the 12th and largest-ever fest sizzles with 101 shows to give even the most jaded theatregoer a dramatic jolt.
New this year? The family-oriented KidsVenue, which joins the returning 24-hour play-writing contest, the 10x10@10 Cabaret and the ever-popular Fringe Club beer tent to add to the excitement.
Here are NOW's Fringe picks. See Cover Stories 2 - 10 for reviews and Fringe Festival under listings for additional shows and times.