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August 16, 2019 1:26 am
Updated: August 26, 2019 8:29 am

WATCH: 2019 Edmonton International Fringe Festival reviews

WATCH ABOVE: Murray Utas with the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival dropped by the Global Edmonton studio on Sunday to talk about the 2019 edition of the event.

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The 38th 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 “Where the Wild Things Fringe,” which was chosen from hundreds of ideas submitted for this year’s theme.

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“When that one showed up, I looked at it and went, ‘You know what? I think people are just going to go crazy for it,’” Artistic Director Murray Utas said.

READ MORE: Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival 2019 ready for ‘the Wild Things’

“We are so wild this year that we’re 258 indoor shows wild,” Utas said. “That’s 30 more than we’ve ever been in the past and that’s housed in 50 venues.”

There are also 36 different outdoor buskers to entertain visitors.

READ MORE: Edmonton International Fringe Festival 2019: show ratings and eye cam

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. All of his reviews will be added below throughout the festival:

Watch below: On Sunday evening, Todd James featured “Crescendo” and spoke with Fringe Festival artistic director Murray Utas on the final night of the festival. 

Watch below: On Saturday evening, Todd James reviewed “‘The Last Five Years” (4/5), “Franz Ferdinand Must Die” (4/5), “The Sign of Four” (5/5) and “Juliet: A Revenge Comedy” (4/5). 

Watch below: On Friday evening, Todd James reviewed Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life (5/5), Crescendo (5/5) and She The People (5/5).

Watch below: On Friday evening, Todd James reviewed Carey OK: Timeless Timely Tunes (4/5), Take It Off Broadway (4/5) and St. Kilda (5/5).

Watch below: On Thursday evening, Todd James reviewed Imaginary Friend A Musical (5/5), Hagar (5/5) and The Bald Soprano (3/5). 

Watch below: On Thursday evening, Todd James interviewed William Banfield, Brent Felzien and Cliff Kelly, with Accidental Humour Co., and reviewed their show “the Flying Detective” (5/5).

Watch below: On Thursday afternoon, Todd James reviewed Gabriel (5/5), Minerva-Queen of the Handcuffs (4/5) and interviewed Big Ol Show performer, Amber Nash.

Watch below: On Wednesday evening, Todd James reviewed Crescendo (5/5), Lights! Camera! ODD JOBS? (4/5) and Artisinal Intelligence (4/5). 

Watch below: On Wednesday afternoon, Todd James reviewed For Science! (4/5) and She The People (5/5).

Watch below: On Tuesday evening, Todd James reviewed Honest History of BS (4/5) and Hits Like A Girl (5/5). 

Watch below: On Tuesday afternoon, Todd James reviewed “Triassiq Parq,” (4/5) “Game of Death: Solo Improv” (4/5) and “Chase Breyer Part Time Substitute Teacher, Full Time Canadian Spy,” (4/5).

Watch below: On Monday evening, Todd James reviewed Fear and Loathing: Lovecraft (5/5) and Dangerous When Wet, Booze, Sex and My Mother (4/5).

Watch below: On Monday afternoon, Todd James reviewed The Walk in the Snow: The True Story of Lise Meitner (5/5) and Man Cave: A One Man Sci-Fi Climate Change Tragicomedy (5/5).

Watch below: On Sunday evening, Todd James reviewed Denial is a Wonderful Thing (4/5), The Most Unlikely Comedian (4/5) and Playthings (4/5).

Watch below: On Sunday afternoon, Todd James reviewed The Moaning Yoni (4/5), Trummp the Musical (4/5) and Operatic Panic Attack (5/5).

Watch below: On Saturday evening, Todd James reviewed 7 Days (4/5) and The Flying Detective (5/5). 

Watch below: On Saturday afternoon, Todd James reviewed Divinely Bette: Bette-er Than Ever (4/5), Middle Raged (4/5) and Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life (5/5). 

Watch below: On Friday night, Todd James reviewed Colin Mochrie and Friends (4/5), Drinking At The Movies (3/5), TWO (5/5), and Eusha (4/5).

Watch below: On Friday afternoon, Todd James reviewed The Legend of White Woman Creek (5/5) and The 3AM Subtext (4/5).

Watch below: On Thursday night, Todd James reviewed Chase Padgett: Heart Attacks and Other Blessings (5/5).

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