With 145 shows to see, save your time and avoid the following (and also see here for the rest of the reviews):
By JON KAPLAN (JK), GLENN SUMI (GS), DEBBIE FEIN-GOLDBACH, JORDAN BIMM, LUCIE DAVIES AND TARA-MICHELLE ZINIUK.
CAGE WITHOUT A KEY
By Jean Hodgkinson. St Vladimir’s. July 11 at 5:45 pm, July 13 at 8:15 pm.Rating: N
From the shaky opening scene, an ensemble cast muddles through an oddly constructed, highly clichéd domestic drama about a housewife trying to escape a domineering husband and a secret life as an escort. Cue loads of shouting. The hodgepodge of themes (religion, prostitution, domestic violence) hang together like a bad soap.LD
By Bryn Symonds and Joseph Bembridge. St. Vladimir’s. July 11 at 9:45 pm, July 13 at 2:30 pm.Rating: N
A young gay man from the Prairies recounts a Friday night at a Montreal nightclub, giving a full play-by-play of every detail. The 15-minute opening film of him jerking off in the shower should have been fair warning.T-MZ
By Wallace Shawn. Cameron House. July 11 at 7:15 pm, July 12 at 3 pm, July 13 at 6 pm.
Written by veteran character actor Wallace Shawn, The Fever is a solo meditation on upper-class white-collar guilt in the global economy. Despite the best intentions of affable actor Thom Chapman, the static nature of the script (and minimal intervention by director Katherine Bethell) makes for an excruciatingly long 90 minutes.JB
FOUR WAYS ‘TIL RAIN
By T. Berto. Factory Mainspace. July 11 at noon, July 13 at 7 pm.
In a series of dull, interconnected monologues, T. Berto attempts to recount the experiences of men who have sex with other men, but his writing lacks shape or nuance, and with one exception (Cole J. Alvis’s Ryan) his characters’ lines feel patronizing and inauthentic. Excruciating.GS
LOVEGIRL 2: REANIMATED
By Robin Bublick and Candice Gregoris. Factory Studio. July 10 at 4:15 pm, July 11 at 5:30 pm, July 13 at 9 pm.
Co-writer Robin Bublick performs a rambling, shapeless monologue about motherhood, Scientology and… well, you try to figure it out. Much of the piece, a sequel to a 2003 show, is incomprehensible and feels more like an extended therapy session than theatre. Bublick’s unanimated delivery doesn’t help.GS
NOTES FROM THE PIT: A MONOLOGUE WITH MUSIC
By Helen Kopec. Rivoli (332 Queen West). July 10 and 13 at 7 pm, July 11-?12 at 6 pm.
Essentially just a string of semi-amusing anecdotes and orchestra in-?jokes punctuated by the odd excerpt on cello, Helen Kopec’s show should be performed at a musicians’ dinner party rather than at the Fringe. The gorgeous encore piece suggests Kopec’s true home is beneath the stage, not on it.LD