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WATCH: 2018 Edmonton International Fringe Festival reviews

The Edmonton International Fringe Festival.
The Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Marc J Chalifoux, Edmonton International Fringe Festival

The 37th 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 “Fringe ‘O’ Sauraus Rex,” which was chosen by the public from a narrowed-down list of 50 ideas for this year’s theme.

“Whether it’s an obsession with dinos from early childhood, or a love for prehistorical pop culture, we think Fringers will really connect with the theme,” Fringe artistic director Murray Utas said.

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The festival offers 1,600 performances at more than 40 venues and outdoor stages. It takes more than 1,200 volunteers to execute the Fringe Festival in Edmonton each year.

Last year, festivalgoers set a record by buying 130,000 tickets. Nearly 810,000 people took in the festival over 11 days, bringing in nearly $1.2 million for the artists.

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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.

READ MORE: Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2018: show ratings and live eye cam

Todd will give each show a rating out of five. All of his reviews will be added below throughout the festival:

Watch below: On Saturday night, Todd James reviewed Jake’s Gift (5 out of 5), Field Zoology 101 (3 out of 5) & Flute Loops (4 out of 5).

Edmonton fringe reviews: Jake’s Gift, Field Zoology 101 & Flute Loops
Edmonton fringe reviews: Jake’s Gift, Field Zoology 101 & Flute Loops

Watch below: On Saturday, Todd James reviewed Red Bastard: Lie with Me (4 out of 5) and Cult Cycle (4 out of 5).

Edmonton fringe reviews: Red Bastard: Lie with Me and Cult Cycle
Edmonton fringe reviews: Red Bastard: Lie with Me and Cult Cycle

Watch below: On Friday, Todd James reviewed Concord Floral (4 out of 5) and 6 Guitars (5 out of 5).

Edmonton fringe reviews: Concord Floral and 6 Guitars
Edmonton fringe reviews: Concord Floral and 6 Guitars

Watch below: On Friday, Todd James reviewed Heroine (5 out of 5), All Kidding Aside (3 out of 5) and Everything’s Coming Up Chickens (4 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: “Heroine,” “All Kidding Aside” and “Everything’s Coming Up Chickens”
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: “Heroine,” “All Kidding Aside” and “Everything’s Coming Up Chickens”

Watch below: On Thursday night, Todd James reviewed Scorched (4 out of 5), Call Me Oz (4 out of 5), and Progressive Polygamists (3 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Scorched, Call Me Oz, Progressive Polygamists
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Scorched, Call Me Oz, Progressive Polygamists

Watch below: On Thursday, Todd James reviewed Josephine (5 out of 5), #BadHabits (2 out of 5) and Buyer and Cellar (4 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Festival reviews: “Josephine,” “#BadHabits” and “Buyer and Cellar”
Edmonton Fringe Festival reviews: “Josephine,” “#BadHabits” and “Buyer and Cellar”

Watch below: On Wednesday night, Todd James reviewed Punch Up (5 out of 5), Full Moon Coming (3 out of 5), and She Was A Great Dad (4 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Punch Up, Full Moon Coming, She Was A Great Dad
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Punch Up, Full Moon Coming, She Was A Great Dad

Watch below: On Wednesday, Todd James reviewed Flute Loops (4 out of 5), The Zoo Story (4 out of 5)and Awkward Hug (3 out of 5).

Edmonton fringe reviews: Flute Loops, The Zoo Story and Awkward Hug
Edmonton fringe reviews: Flute Loops, The Zoo Story and Awkward Hug

Watch below: On Tuesday night, Todd James reviewed The Alien Baby Play (3 out of 5), All Proceeds Go To (3 out of 5) and Daddy’s Boy (4 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: The Alien Baby Play, All Proceeds Go To, Daddy’s Boy
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: The Alien Baby Play, All Proceeds Go To, Daddy’s Boy

Watch below: On Tuesday afternoon, Todd James reviewed Balls of Yarns (4 out of 5) and Every Story Ever Told (4 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Balls of Yarns, Every Story Ever Told
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Balls of Yarns, Every Story Ever Told

Watch below: On Monday night, Todd James reviewed double feature For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls & Bed Bug Bossa Nova (4 out of 5), and Aim for the Heart (4 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls & Bed Bug Bossa Nova, Aim for the Heart
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls & Bed Bug Bossa Nova, Aim for the Heart

Watch below: On Monday afternoon, Todd James reviewed Tragedy: A Tragedy (3 out of 5) and A Brief History of Beer (2 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Festival reviews: “Tragedy: A Tragedy” and “A Brief History of Beer”
Edmonton Fringe Festival reviews: “Tragedy: A Tragedy” and “A Brief History of Beer”

Watch below: On Sunday night, Todd James reviewed Bountiful (4 out of 5) and Don’t Frown at the Gown (5 out of 5).

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Bountiful & Don’t Frown at the Gown
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: Bountiful & Don’t Frown at the Gown

Watch below: On Sunday, Todd James reviewed Maybe Baby (4 out of 5) and The Decline and Fall of Me: A Fringe Story (4 out of 5).

Fringe reviews: Aug 19
Fringe reviews: Aug 19

Watch below: On Saturday evening, Todd James reviewed Magical Mystery Detour (4 out of 5) and The Cast of the Irrelevant Show: Doing our Best (4 out of 5).

Late Fringe reviews: Aug 18
Late Fringe reviews: Aug 18

Watch below: On Saturday, Todd James reviewed Flutter Bird (4 out of 5) and Hotel Vortruba (5 out of 5). 

Fringe reviews: Aug 18
Fringe reviews: Aug 18

Watch below: On Friday evening, Todd James reviewed Eddie Poe (5 out of 5) and Walk (4 out of 5). 

Fringe Festival Review: ‘Eddie Poe’ and ‘Walk’
Fringe Festival Review: ‘Eddie Poe’ and ‘Walk’

Watch below: On Friday, Todd James reviewed The All New God is a Scottish Drag Queen (4 out of 5) and Titanna Bowa: How to Succeed in Hollywood (2 out of 5). 

Todd James reviews “The All New God is a Scottish Drag Queen” and “Titanna Bowa: How to Succeed in Hollywood” at Fringe Festival
Todd James reviews “The All New God is a Scottish Drag Queen” and “Titanna Bowa: How to Succeed in Hollywood” at Fringe Festival

Watch below: On Thursday, Todd James reviewed Bushes in the Basement (4 out of 5) for the opening night of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival.

Edmonton Fringe Reviews: ‘Bushes in the Basement’
Edmonton Fringe Reviews: ‘Bushes in the Basement’