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Fringe Festival Guide: Mystery and Crime

iPhoto caption: Denise Solleza, one of the artists in this year's Fringe Festival. Photo by Tanja Tiziana
/ Jul 4, 2017




A mind-blowing mentalist collides with thrilling danger in this film-noir murder mystery adventure. With unbelievable magic tricks and rapid-fire comedy, this hilarious psychic detective with the winning smile puts on a killer show… literally.

GREY, by Chantal Forde, Three Five Productions

Twelve years ago Richard Buttle killed Jayden Alexander. Today is the day of his parole hearing. Jumping through time, the circumstances that lead to the crime begin to unravel. Who is really to blame?

HIGH PARK NOIR, by Michael Bennett Leroux & Holly Greene, Simply Twisted Productions

Condo development in High Park will leave its furry inhabitants homeless. If he can get sober, raccoon Detective Dick will expose corruption and save High Park. Will Dick’s dark past and Officer Pussy’s tail get in his way?

MURDER IN THE COTTONWOODS, by Colin Sharpe, CuJoLemieux

Pearl Brown wants to turn herself in for murder, but nobody wants to hear the confession. Her old-fashioned hometown of Happerton is more concerned with maintaining illusions of innocence than confronting the dark murder of their prom queen, Tammy Somers.

MUTTS OR: 101 LIBATIONS, by Joey Monahan, Gracie May Theatre Company

Two alcoholics who fund their addiction by stealing dogs and returning them for reward money accidentally take a blind man’s service dog.

ODD ONE OUT, by Maureen Gualtieri, Human Wick Effect

1950. A love triangle. A secret attraction. A college student disappears in the woods. Ten years later, her rival lovers reunite in an attempt to solve the otherworldly mystery: what really happened to Clementine Yates?

THE RESURRECTIONISTS, by Ross Hammond, House of Rebels Theatre

Set in the rural Ontario community of King Township in the nineteenth century, two doctors find themselves caught up in a new and lucrative business opportunity—grave robbing. Their first night on the job, unwelcome surprises and unexpected visitors send them wildly off course.

THREE DATES AND A FLOODED BASEMENT, by Timothy Ng, Void Room Theatrics

The city is under the mercy of an unidentified lunatic who has claimed countless lives. Simon, a newcomer, is desperately searching for a love connection. But after inviting one of his dates home, he find himself in a bit of a predicament after his date asks to explore his supposedly flooded basement—something that must be avoided at all cost.

YOU ARE PERFECT, by Cyndy A. Marion, White Horse Theatre Company

Inspired by the story of Susan Atkins, a real-life member of the Manson family, You Are Perfect enters the world of Manson’s ardent disciple, who was implicated in at least eight coldblooded killings, including the infamous Tate/LaBianca murders.

The Toronto Fringe Festival is on from July 5 to July 16 at locations around the city.

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