5 must see show at the Montreal Fringe Festival this week

May 30 2018, 10:13 pm

Let’s break a leg, everybody!

Montreal’s Fringe Festival officially kicked off this week with Tuesday’s “Fringe-for-all” a rapid-fire, free showcase event in which fans and media gathered to get a glimpse of what’s coming up during the three-week festival.

Each act had two minutes to tease their upcoming production and Club Soda was jam-packed to officially launch the 28th edition of the festival.



This year’s festival features over 500 artists who will be delivering over 600 live productions across town from now until June 17.

A variety of acts were teased at Fringe-for-All ranging from a dystopian game show to a live tarot reading, an immersive murder-mystery, an end-of-the-world drag comedy, a clown sex-ed class, and much more.

With that said, here are 5 Fringe Fest shows you don’t want to miss.

Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story



Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story is a vaudeville musical parody of Grease blending acting, burlesque, dancing, comedy, gymnastics, and opera singing into one wild story about lesbians, love, and the 1950s. Their 2017 production of Peter Pansexual earned the company the Spirit of the Fringe award last year and became the highest grossing show in the history of the festival. Don’t miss the soft sequel.

When: May 30 and 31 this week

Time: 8 pm – 9:45 pm, latecomers welcome

Where: Cafe Cleopatra

Price: $10, available at the door or online




Based on the gothic novella by Joseph Sheridan le Fanu, Carmilla takes place in a Victorian world and is a stage adaptation of one of the earliest forms of vampire fiction. This vampire story explores themes of queer sexuality and dissects notions of gender roles through burlesque, horror, and dance. Be careful viewers, audience interaction is in play for this one, sit near the back if you want to just watch.

When: May 31, June 1 and June 3 this week

Time: 10:30 pm -11 pm, latecomers welcome within 5 minutes of show time

Where: The Wiggle Room

Price: $10, available at the door or online

Drunk Live Reading: Bridesmaids



Drunk Bridesmaids might be up your alley if you fancy some contemporary movie works. This production features a slew of local actors portraying the actresses from the 2011 movie Bridesmaids. All of the actors will be drinking heavily in an attempt to get through the live reading properly. They encourage the audience to drink and accept drinks from the stands.

Oh, a man (Adam Capriolo) plays Kristin Wiig.

This will be hilarious.

When:  May 30 and May 31

Time: 8 pm – 10 pm, latecomers welcome

Where: Mainline Theatre

Price: Minimum $10, tickets available at the door. All proceeds are donated to charity




Lucky explores the painful stereotypes of Asians being the model minority and its consequences. It is a dramatic and emotional piece in a small seated and intimate setting.

The play is directed by Sophie Gee who directed last summer’s Fringe hit, Pluck’d which was later reworked as part of Centaur Theatre’s WildSide Festival. Have some tissues on hand for this one.

When: June 1-3 this week

Time: 8 pm – 9:15 pm, latecomers welcome within 15 minutes of show time

Where: Too Close to the Sun Studios

Price: $10 plus $2.50 service charge, available at the door or online

Dance Side of the Moon



Dance Side of the Moon is another spectacular dance piece. It is a re-imagining of Pink Floyd’s legendary eighth studio album. The production is choreographed by Helen Simard whose latest work, Idiot, was a stunning visual at this year’s WildSide Festival.

When: May 31, June 1 and June 2 this week

Time: 9 pm – 9:43 pm (7:00 pm – 7:43 pm on June 1)

Where: Freestanding Room

Price: $10, available at the door or online

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