When I sat down to draw up a schedule of what to see when at this year's Fringe (not something I've done in the past), I realized I could see as many as 40 shows; I wound up seeing 37. Which is great! My goal was too high, more than I think I could have stomached (while still going to work, that is). My feeling overall for this year's fest was that the average was higher but the variance was smaller, viz. I saw more 3s but fewer 4s.
Here's a list of things I gave 3.5 or 4 to (no 4+'s this year), in alphabetical order:32 Short Sketches About Bees
Bendy Sign Tavern
The Diddlin' Bibbles
High Park Noir
In Search of Cruise Control
The Life Henri
Murder in the Cottonwoods
That's 15 of 37, which is a decent score. Last year (a particularly good crop in retrospect) I had 14/26
the year before that.
All of this said, the only thing that really blew me away now that the dust is settling was Macbeth Muet
, with Interstellar Elder
and Shakespeare's Ghostbusters
rounding out my top 3. I'm not confident I enjoyed
myself as much as I have in past years; I can't be sure if that's because I saw stuff that just wasn't as good or I was overexposed. But to my mind, I would have taken any one of a dozen of the good shows from the past couple of years over any of this year's choices (except for those three).
Did I miss out on anything? Delirium
was supposed to be quite good, as were Maddie's Karaoke Birthday Party
and The Seat Next to the King
. I shy away from dramas, though. I'm satisfied with everything I made it to.
New Fringe club worked out just fine. I was concerned that no one would go (an outdoor hockey rink doesn't have the same ambience as Honest Ed's back lot), but whenever I went, I wound up running in to people. Having everyone corralled inside the boards probably made security a lot easier, too. It'll be interesting to see how they tweak it next year.