Just barely three days into Fringe and I’m already killing it–especially compared to last year. I’ve traded in the Volunteer t-shirt for media comp tickets as a Mooney on Theatre special Fringe reviewer. It’s the dream, thus far.
Tonight marked the first show I didn’t review–but now that I’m on a roll, I can’t let it pass. Not to mention the amazing Chelsea Manders produced it.
It also marked new Fringe and performance territory for me: cabaret. It’s not usually what I pick. I used to love musicals, but we have an on-again, off-again relationship and again, one-person shows: where’s the story?
But professional, transparent storytelling is everything that Ryan G. Hinds brought to Starry Notions. I laughed and sung along to as much as I could (not a Canadian, I don’t know your lumber jack songs…). I trusted Ryan to lead me through an emotional roller coaster with his well-timed, enthusiastic trio of super talented musicians (Mark Selby, Julian “Fatsound” Clarke, and Jeff Deegan).
Sorry to my friends at Cage 292 karaoke, but his was the best version of “Poor Unfortunate Souls” I’ve ever seen. And “Dream On” I will thankfully never heard in the same way.
There are so many talented performers and shows in the Annex Theatre alone this year (shout outs to Adventures of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl— READ MY REVIEW—and what I’ve heard are excellent performances in Meet Cute and The Woolgatherer).