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Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

Coming soon to a blog near you: Edmonton theatre coverage!

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to start covering local theatre again! After this year’s Fringe, I realized that I really missed writing about Edmonton’s excellent theatre scene. I left Vue in 2016 and kept up my annual Fringe reviewing, but aside from a […]

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

Mel on I Don’t Get It podcast

If you’re looking for a great debrief on the recently concluded Edmonton Fringe, head over to the I Don’t Get It podcast. I joined a panel of my fellow Beer Tent Reviewers for a lively conversation about this year’s Fringe picks, reflections on reviews and […]

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Beer Tent Reviews at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe: Q & A with co-founder Andrew Paul

Rushing in to fill the void left by the departure of alt-weeklies, the Beer Tent Reviews (BTR) zine just landed at the 2019 Edmonton Fringe. The zine is print-only and the reviews are words-only – no star rankings. (My thoughts on this glorious development here.) […]

Gender? I Hardly Know Them: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Gender? I Hardly Know Them: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Gender is dead; welcome to the funeral.” So declare performers Elena Eli Belyea and Sydney Campbell at the outset of their raucously witty sketch comedy show. The duo are practiced comedians and present a barrage of sketches that are frequently funny, often hilarious, and edged […]

You Belong Here: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

You Belong Here: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Fans of Brooklyn-based Martin Dockery will not be disappointed with his entry at this year’s Fringe. You Belong Here follows suit with Dockery’s signature brand of storytelling: rambling and digressive, delving into the humour of mundane details, punctuated by the occasional manic outburst. The circular […]

Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Queer alien space cabaret” is as apt a description as any for this zany little show featuring Niuboi (Julie Ferguson), a trans non-binary alien who has come from space “to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity.” This is the essence of Fringe […]

The Birthday Party: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

The Birthday Party: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Harold Pinter’s 1958 absurdist classic is a play that you should see at least once, if for no other reason than its seminal importance in the history of drama – not to mention in Pinter’s own Nobel Prize-winning career. And this marvelously acted Fringe production […]

Edmonton Fringe 2019: opening night and review of Eusha

Edmonton Fringe 2019: opening night and review of Eusha

This is my 12th year reviewing Fringe shows and I’ve got a well-rehearsed opening night routine. I head to the Fringe grounds (via ETS – seriously just don’t try to drive to the Fringe) a little earlier than the first performances. First stop is the […]

A Fringe without stars (or reviews)

A Fringe without stars (or reviews)

There was a brief period of time, right after I left Vue Weekly, when I thought maybe I wouldn’t review any more Fringe shows. That didn’t last long. I left Vue in July 2016; a few weeks later I ended up doing some reviews for […]

Theatre review: The Preacher, the Princess and a Crow

Theatre review: The Preacher, the Princess and a Crow

How many times have you walked by someone on the street and tried to ignore their ranting and raving as you passed? Have you ever stopped to wonder why that person was yelling or ranting, or why they looked so disheveled, or what it was […]