ON THE COVER
As the Fringe Theatre Festival geared up for its second year, NOW showcased participating artists Sally Han and Randy Maertz in a story celebrating the glories of independent stage production (page 20 of the issue). The timing was crucial, as commercial theatre was surging here - mega-musicals Phantom Of The Opera and Les Misérables had just hit town. In its second incarnation, the Fringe featured over 40 shows at four venues. Twenty-three years later, there are 155 shows to choose from at 26 theatres as far north as the Tarragon and south to the Factory, including 14 site-specific venues. Looks like indie theatre's thriving.
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