The 2008 Fringe Festival is closely approaching. It's a wonderful opportunity to go see many local artists put on a self produce show.
The Fringe is Toronto 's largest theatre festival. In 2008 it will host over 800 artists from Ontario , Canada and around the world, with over 135 unique productions in more than 25 venues. Productions range from dramas to musical extravaganzas to improv and will take place in local theatres as well as in unusual spots: playgrounds, parking lots and more.
One artist's performance that is a must see is Thomas Corless. The last time he appeared in the Fringe festival was in 2002 with his debut production called Wonder Toy, that got great reviews from Xtra. This year he returns in his new production call Travel or Entertain?, a provocative and intimate look at the gay online chat world. You don't want to miss this rare performance from this talent artist.
Thomas Corless is a writer/performer from Toronto, Ontario and is the Artistic Director of Cute Guy Productions. His first exposure to theatre came in 2000 when he was part of the Summer 2000 Youth Arts Programme at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. The project brought together 12 queer youth who learn about visual arts and theatre with a queer slant for one summer, culminating in a theatrical presentation at the end of their eight-week program.
Travel or Entertain? is the second production of this up-and-coming company. Thomas Corless explores the world of gay online hook-ups and dating. It's a mix of chats, monologues and stand-up. Playing realistic and relatable characters, Corless details the ups and downs of online life: the joys of a hot sexual encounter, the pain of a one-sided attraction, the egos of the unattainable and the desperation of the lonely.
Travel or Entertain? Showtime:
HELEN GARDINER PHELAN THEATRE
79A ST. GEORGE STREET (SOUTH OF HARBORD)
Friday, July 4, 7:00 p.m.; Sunday, July 6, 3:30 p.m.;
Monday, July 7, 10:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 9, 1:30 p.m.,
Thursday, July 10, 9:15 p.m., Friday, July 11, 3: 30 p.m., Sunday, July 13, 5:15 p.m.
For more information on The Fringe, go to www.fringetoronto.com