JENNY YOUNG Who : Writer/director of The Demimonde , a look at five women and a bartender trying to hit pay dirt in 1898 Dawson City.
Buzz : Young's best known as an actor in shows like The Shape Of A Girl and The Anger In Ernest And Ernestine - both of which netted her Dora Award noms - and last Fringe's Inanna. She's joined by several of her Inanna cohorts, including Claire Calnan and Pasha Mckenley . The new show's pub setting (at Paupers) should add a nice vérité twist.
GEOFFREY POUNSETT Who : Actor in The Dispute , a classic by Marivaux about the faithfulness of lovers, and director of Brendan Gall 's A Quiet Place , about a confrontation in a small room.
Buzz : Following his sharp acting work in The Leisure Society, Pounsett moves toward being a double threat. Expect his stage skills to translate into directing savvy.
DANIEL KROLIK Who : Actor in The Book Of Liz , the off-Broadway satire about the Amish by talented sibs David and Amy Sedaris , and In Trousers , William Finn 's first musical about Marvin, the hero of his Falsettos trilogy.
Buzz : Krolik didn't get to demonstrate his singing talent in last year's excellent Fringe ensemble piece, Nana. But he's paid his musical dues performing in the cult fave Evil Dead 1 & 2: The Musical and Flora The Red Menace. Both Sedarises are hot properties now, and Finn scored another Broadway hit recently with his The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
SIU TA Who : Actor in Ralph Pape 's Soap Opera , a sexy script exploring identity and love.
Buzz : More often seen on TV than on the stage, Ta's been a hit as the dryly comic neophyte lawyer in This Is Wonderland. Can she help set fire to a romantic triangle that seems, on one level, to be, well, a daytime soap opera?
BRUCE HORAK and REBECCA NORTHAN Who : Northan's directing and Horak's acting in two KidsVenue shows, The Big Button Show and Throwing Stones , the former a clown-inspired retelling of the Aladdin story, the latter a friendship drama set against the Mississauga chemical spill of 1979.
Buzz : Real-life partners Horak and Northan (The Macbeth Story), besides being one of the city's funniest improv couples, are making Fringe history as the first director/actor team to do two kids' shows in one year. Worth checking out, even if you don't have a six-year-old to take with you.
MARK ELLIS Who : Co-writer and co-performer of Pavlov's Brother , a dark comedy about sibling rivalry and one-upmanship.
Buzz : Ellis brings charm and sharp focus to his infrequent stage work (The Offering, Stories From The Rains Of Love And Death), and here he's paired with an equally fine actor, Paul Fauteux . It doesn't hurt that the script is co-authored by Fringe fave Denis McGrath (Top Gun! The Musical and Sleepless).
LIZA BALKAN Who : Director of Pavlov's Brother (see above) and actor in The Stronger... A Variation .
Buzz : The Dora Award-winning Balkan's a mesmerizing performer (Still The Night), and in Strindberg 's The Stronger, about a confrontation involving several women caught up with the same man, she gets to show off her skill with movement as well as with text. After her local directing debut last year at Ryerson, she's probably salivating to hone her talents on Pavlov's Brother.
THE FRINGE: TORONTO’S THEATRE FESTIVAL
Featuring local, national and international companies. Runs to July 17. $10 or less, $2 surcharge on advance tickets, discount passes. Advance tickets sold up to three hours before showtime by phone, online or in person at the Fringe Club (292 Brunswick); also by fax at least one day before show. At least half of all tickets for each performance are on sale one hour before showtime at thevenue; first show of the day and KidsVenue tickets available half-hour before showtime. No latecomers. Fringe hotline 416-966-1062, advance 416-967-1528, fax 416-966-5072, www.fringetoronto.com.
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