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WATCH: 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Festival reviews

A look at what to expect from the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
WATCH ABOVE: The theme for the 36th annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is "A Midsummer Night's Fringe." Todd James takes a look at what festival-goers can expect this year.

The 36th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is underway in Old Strathcona. One of Edmonton’s signature summer festivals, the Fringe offers 11 days of shows, entertainment, food and fun.

This year’s festival theme is “A Midsummer Night’s Fringe,” which was chosen by the public following a contest for the best theme.

“The Fringe Festival is a magical time at the height of summer when entire city blocks become stages for storytelling and adventure,” the festival’s artistic director Murray Utas said.

“For 11 days, we have every character and their creativity merging together to celebrate community and the arts. It really is A Midsummer’s Night Fringe when everyone comes out to play.”

READ MORE: Edmonton International Fringe Festival expects to continue momentum after record-breaking year

The festival offers 1,600 performances at 42 venues and three outdoor stages. It takes more than 1,200 volunteers to execute the Fringe Festival in Edmonton each year.

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As he does every summer, Global Edmonton’s Todd James will bring you nightly reviews of a number of shows you can take in at the festival.

Todd will give each show a rating out of five. You can read what James had to say about the shows and watch his reviews below:

Watch below: On Saturday, Todd James reviewed The Wallaby Way (4/5), Breakneck Julius Caesar (4/5), Letter to West 113th (4/5) and Almost Heroes (4/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: The Wallaby Way, Breakneck Julius Caesar, Letter to West 113th & Almost Heroes
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: The Wallaby Way, Breakneck Julius Caesar, Letter to West 113th & Almost Heroes

Watch below: On Friday, Todd James reviewed the shows “Wooster Sauce,” (5/5) “Interstellar Elder,” (3/5) and “Give It Up” (3/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Fringe Festival reviews: Todd James reviews “Wooster Sauce,” “Interstellar Elder” and “Give It Up”
Fringe Festival reviews: Todd James reviews “Wooster Sauce,” “Interstellar Elder” and “Give It Up”

Watch below: On Friday afternoon, Todd James reviews “The Anger of Ernest and Ernestine” (3/5) “Mike Delamont: The Devil” (5/5) and “Ain’t True and Uncle False” (5/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: ‘The Anger of Ernest and Ernestine’
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: ‘The Anger of Ernest and Ernestine’

Watch below: On Thursday night, Todd James reviews Multiple “Organism” (4/5), “My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice” (4/5) and “Darlings” (4/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Multiple Organism, My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice, Darlings: Fringe
Multiple Organism, My Love Lies Frozen in the Ice, Darlings: Fringe

Watch below: On Thursday afternoon, Todd James reviews “Fruit Flies Like a Banana” (5/5), “73 Seconds” (4/5) and “Puck Bunnies” (4/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Fruit Flies Like a Banana’ ‘Puck Bunnies’ ’73 Seconds’
Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Fruit Flies Like a Banana’ ‘Puck Bunnies’ ’73 Seconds’

Watch below: On Wednesday night, Todd James reviewed “33: A Kabarett” (5/5) and “Blood Countess” (4/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

33: A Kabarett and Blood Countess receive positive Fringe review
33: A Kabarett and Blood Countess receive positive Fringe review

Watch below: The Edmonton Fringe Festival is in full swing and on Wednesday, Todd James reviewed “Kingfisher Days” (4/5) and “Bikeface” (4/5).

Fringe reviews: Todd James reviews “Kingfisher Days” and “Bikeface”
Fringe reviews: Todd James reviews “Kingfisher Days” and “Bikeface”

Watch below: On Tuesday night, Todd James reviewed “Edgar Allen” (5/5) and “Oleanna” (3/5) at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Fringe review of Edgar Allen and Oleanna
Fringe review of Edgar Allen and Oleanna

Watch below: On Tuesday, Todd James reviewed “Swordplay: A Play of Swords” and “Picnics at the Asylum” at the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Todd James reviews Swordplay: A Play of Swords & Picnics at the Asylum
Todd James reviews Swordplay: A Play of Swords & Picnics at the Asylum

Watch below: On Monday night, Todd James reviews “The Sinners Club” (2/5), “Big Ol Show” (2/5) and Candy Bones (4/5).  

Fringe Review: The Sinners Club, Big Ol Show and Candy Bones
Fringe Review: The Sinners Club, Big Ol Show and Candy Bones

Watch below: On Monday, as the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival reaches the halfway mark, Todd James reviews “Victory for the Recycled Virgin” (4/5) and talks to a Fringe performer with a musical talent.

Edmonton Fringe Festival reviews: “Victory for the Recycled Virgin”
Edmonton Fringe Festival reviews: “Victory for the Recycled Virgin”

Watch below: Sunday was Day 4 of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Tonight, Todd James reviews “Redheaded Stepchild” (4/5) and “The Exquisite Hour” (4/5).

Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Redheaded Stepchild’ and ‘The Exquisite Hour’
Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Redheaded Stepchild’ and ‘The Exquisite Hour’

Watch below: Todd James reviews “The Apple Tree” (3/5) and “Drunk Girl” (4/5).

Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘The Apple Tree’ and ‘Drunk Girl’
Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘The Apple Tree’ and ‘Drunk Girl’

Watch below: Reviews of “Staycation” (3/5) and “The Ballad of Frank Allen” (4/5)

Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Staycation’ and ‘The Ballad of Frank Allen’
Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Staycation’ and ‘The Ballad of Frank Allen’

Watch below: Review of “Aim for the Heart” (5/5)

Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Aim for the Heart’
Edmonton fringe reviews: ‘Aim for the Heart’

Watch below: The theme for the 36th annual Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is “A Midsummer Night’s Fringe.” Todd James breaks down what festival-goers can expect this year.

Preview of the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
Preview of the 2017 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival

Watch below: Thursday was the first day of the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Todd James has a review of “Hyena Subpoena.”

Todd James Day 1 Fringe Festival Review
Todd James Day 1 Fringe Festival Review

Watch below: Todd James is in Old Strathcona for the first full day of the Edmonton International Fringe Festival, featuring reviews of “Cut” and “Gordon’s Big Bald Head.”

Edmonton Fringe Festival: 1st day features ‘Cut’
Edmonton Fringe Festival: 1st day features ‘Cut’

Watch below: Friday marked the first full day of the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Todd James has a review of the shows “Help! I’m American” and “Chase Padgett: 5 Stars.”

Todd James Day 2 Fringe Festival Review
Todd James Day 2 Fringe Festival Review

 

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