#Fringe20 is part of the festival’s celebration of twenty years of the Fringe in Ottawa, running until the 21st Ottawa Fringe Festival begins (June 2017). #Fringe 20 features film screenings, panels, parties, and this week: encores from previous Fringe shows.
The two shows this week are The Root of All Squares and An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein.
The Root Of All Squares
From the program: **This “zippy philosophical comedy” has been described as “Abbot and Costello meet Logic 101 and Economics 202”, bringing into the discussion such things as irony, material worth, and pointy sticks. One part Beckett, and one part global macroeconomics.**
Produced by The Black Sheep Theatre, The Root of All Squares originally ran (and toured) as part of the 2001 Fringe season, winning the Toronto Fringe Festival New Play Contest and getting four stars from both the Edmonton Journal and CBC Winnipeg. The Ottawa Citizen said that it was one of smartest scripts from that year’s season.
An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein
From the program: **10 imaginative short plays that range widely in content and location, but have a style that is unmistakably that of children’s author and columnist for playboy – Shel Silverstein. From One Tennis Shoe where a man accuses his wife of becoming a bag lady to a play where the only three words spoken are meat, and & potatoes. An Adult Evening… will make you fall off the end of the sidewalk in laughter.**
Produced by Third Wall Theatre, An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein won the best comedy when the presented it at the 2003 Fringe. Fourteen years later I’m still laughing at reminisces of the three word “meat” “and” “potatoes” section of the spectacle.
Brendan McNally is a regular contributor to OttawaTonite.com.