And they would be right! So that is one of the reasons that the Marthas are getting together this weekend to go fringing. We're ditching the families and spending two nights in a hotel, where much giggling and eating of snacks and ass-whupping at Rumoli will ensue. And between all that there is of course, this incarnation of the Calgary Fringe Festival of which to partake.
We're only taking in three plays, because we are not hardcore fringers like some others I know. But I am really quite pumped about the one we are going to see tomorrow afternoon. It was my top pick, the main reason the fringe caught my eye in the first place - EAT MY BRAIN.
Five people find themselves trapped in a tiny cabin in the forest surrounded by zombies with no way out in this tale of love, revenge, and madness. They've found a sanctuary, but does the real threat come from within? And why won't Rob ask me to the prom? Watch your step, don't lose your head, and for the love of God, don't get bitten - bar the doors, grab your baseball bat, load your shotgun, and prepare for the worst as MAN VS. MAN VS. UNDEAD MAN unfolds - who will come out on top?
How can any self-respecting zombie resist a come-on like that?
We are also seeing PS-69: (one woman play where the actor stars as an entire New York City School. Frazzled teachers, pushy parents, hip-hop kids. )
and Drinking in America:
Eric Bogosian's one-man play stars Calgary favourite, David Trimble, who portrays a cross-section of characters and vignettes. "Drinking in America is about our society's fascination with power and fantasy. It is a dark comedy that examines the role that drugs, alcohol have come to play in the North American psyche." David won the 2005 Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Lead Role for this production.
So I will be AWOL from this site for the whole weekend. Be kind to each other, play nicely, and I will share tales of silliness and debauchery with you when I return.
Also on tap for the upcoming week will be the recounting of a life-affirming encounter in the tea towel aisle at IKEA, and a much-overdue profile on a Calgary musician and artist about to release his highly-anticipated second cd.