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FRINGE BINGE FRIDAY: 4 shows ... take your pick!

Join us for a FRINGE BINGE to see any or all of Friday's shows --a comedy, Myth of the Ostrich, a drama, Karenin's Anna, a sketch comedy show, Parallel Play, and a comedy/drama, Punch Up.  The plays will be presented as part of the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival

Members can see one, two, three, or all four plays.

This event will be hosted by Merle Garbe, a Toronto theatre producer, director and Thumbs Up member who is a self-described Fringe-aholic.  She usually sees over 30 Fringe shows  every summer. This year Merle will be seeing more than 25 Fringe shows over the first 6 days of the festival ... and you're invited to join her at any or all of them!


Myth of the Ostrich (comedy, 1:15 p.m. St. Vladimir Institute): After Pam finds an inappropriate letter from her teenage son to his mystery girlfriend, she arrives unannounced at Holly’s house to discuss their children’s relationship. What starts as a pleasant visit, quickly takes a complicated, bizarre, and hilarious turn. From the co-writer of the 2011 Best Of Fringe play Remember, Maggy?  90minutes

WARNING: Mature Language

Karenin's Anna (drama, 5:15 p.m. St. Vladimir Institute): 1993, Anna, a Brooklyn woman agrees to marry Sergei, an illegal Russian immigrant so he can get his green card. She hasn’t had anyone to talk to in a long time. He doesn’t speak a word of English. In a city where every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way, Anna discovers that even a simple marriage is as complicated and sad as an epic Russian novel. 45 minutes

Punch Up (comedy/drama, 7 p.m. George Ignatieff Theatre): A lonely loser kidnaps his favourite comedian to win the heart of the saddest girl in the world.
From Kat Sandler and Theatre Brouhaha, creators of sold-out hits Delicacy (NNNN, NOW Magazine), We Are The Bomb (NNNNN), and 2012 Patrons’ Pick and Best of Fringe show Help Yourself comes a dark comedy about the twisted lengths we’ll go to for a laugh. 60 minutes

WARNING: Mature Language

Parallel Play (comedy, sketch, 8:45 p.m. Tarragon Extraspace): Parallel Play is a comic revue written and performed by Elvira Kurt and Megan Fahlenbock. They play a variety of roles in a series of satirical sketches based on their experiences as women–wives, lovers, working mothers, daughters and friends–in the world today. All ages but mature content, parental discretion advised. 55 minutes

WARNING: Sexual Content, Mature Language


WHEN: Friday, July 4, 2014

TIME: Myth of the Ostrich begins at 1:15 p.m. Karenin's Anna begins at 5:15 p.m. Punch Up begins at 7 p.m. Parallel Play begins at 7:45 p.m. Meet Merle 30 minutes before each show's start time.

WHERE:  Myth of the Ostrich: St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Karenin's Anna: St. Vladimir Institute, 620 Spadina Ave, Punch Up:  George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Pl, Toronto, Parallel Play: Tarragon Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Ave, Toronto.

PRICE: $12 advance, $10 at the door per show. Note: It's recommended you purchase your ticket(s) in advance because Fringe tickets usually sell out before the performance.

MEETUP FEE: $2 per attendee. (Please pay Merle exact change. All attendees pay a maximum of $2 whether they attend one or more shows)


RSVP on this event page. You have three options for purchasing your ticket:

• by phone at (416)[masked], ext. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, with extended hours until 7 p.m. after June 28 ($12 + $2 service fee per order)

• online ($12 + $2 service fee per order)

• *NOTE:  The $2 service fee applies to the full order, no matter how many tickets you purchase.  Whether you order 1 or 100 advance tickets, the per order fee is still $2. 

• in person at the main box office at The Fringe Club at 581 Bloor Street West, from July 2 to 13, noon to 9 p.m. ($12, no service fee)

You can pay via cash, VISA or MasterCard. Debit cards are not accepted.

Tickets may also be sold at the door an hour before the show.  They are $10.  CASH ONLY.  Keep in mind that, for the popular shows (and small venues), people line up hours early and the tickets may sell out, so it's recommended you buy your ticket in advance.


Members are responsible for purchasing their own tickets directly from the festival.

SEATING ARRANGEMENTS: Seating is unreserved so members will enter the theatre together and sit together as a group.


Myth of the Ostrich: Meet Merle at 12:45 p.m. in the lineup to enter the seating area at St. Vladimir's Institute, 620 Spadina Ave. MAP

Karenin's Anna: Meet Merle at 8:15 p.m. in the lineup to enter the seating area at the St. Vladimir's Institute, 620 Spadina Ave.  MAP

Punch Up: Meet Merle at 6:30 p.m. in the lineup to enter the seating area at the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place MAP

Parallel Play: Meet Merle at 8:15 p.m. in the lineup to enter the seating area at the Tarragon Extraspace, 30 Bridgeman St.  MAP

Merle looks like her photo and is short. She will be wearing a Thumbs Up Theatre T-shirt. If you're attending both plays, you can travel with her to the second venue.

Merle looks like her photo and is short. She will be wearing a Thumbs Up Theatre T-shirt. If you're attending more than one play, you can travel with her from venue to venue.

PLEASE NOTE: Fringe shows begin exactly on time. Ticket holders who arrive late are not admitted.

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