2 Minute Mania: Fringe Festival For All

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. The Quitter. Photo Rachel Levine. Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. The Quitter. Photo Rachel Levine.
Montreal Fringe Festival Launch.

Critics. Photo Rachel Levine.

The 24th Edition of Montreal’s Fringe Festival opened amid kazoo noise and confetti as local troupes took to the stage to share two minutes of madness and hopefully entice the critics and attendees to check out their oeuvres.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Amuse me. Critics. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Amuse me. Critics. Photo Rachel Levine

Holly Gauthier Frankel and SImon Boulerice. Hosts. PHoto Rachel LEvine

Holly Gauthier Frankel and SImon Boulerice. Hosts. PHoto Rachel LEvine

Cafe Campus was packed from ceiling to backstage with those performing and those watching. There were laughs aplenty, costume fails, a few “huhs?”, at least 20 people who stripped down to their underwear, a giant David Beckham poster, and several corpses (acting, of course). Needless to say it had the feel of a giant family reunion as many of the performers, hosts, and spokespeople are all intimately connected with the fringe.

hosts. PHoto Rachel LEvine

hosts. Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. PHoto Rachel LEvine

What can we expect? Among other things, I saw a play about a play, a man with a leg for a dick, three guys talking cock, ladies reading Greek poetry, dancers imitating a washing machine, a giant Japanese fan as a burlesque prop, a door coated in blood, a superhero, a tin man, a cat, donut eating, hula hooping, tampon twirling, sci fi rock opera, and an inappropriate liquid in a wine glass.

Here are a few photos from the first half of the night.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Baby got back. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Baby got back. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Jem Rolls in his 94th Fringe performance. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Jem Rolls in his 94th Fringe performance. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Bandolier of Dreams. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Bandolier of Dreams. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Johnny Legdick. "How does he walk, how does he pee?" Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Johnny Legdick. “How does he walk, how does he pee?” Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. In Memoriam. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. In Memoriam. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Leeland Beckman and Walter J Lyng. "Bring your own waffles." Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Leeland Beckman and Walter J Lyng. “Bring your own waffles.” Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. talking Cock. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. talking Cock. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. talking Cock. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. talking Cock. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Lotus. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Lotus. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Cherry Typhoon. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. Cherry Typhoon. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. 25: The Forbidden Paradise. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. 25: The Forbidden Paradise. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. 25: The Forbidden Paradise. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. 25: The Forbidden Paradise. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. 25: The Forbidden Paradise. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. 25: The Forbidden Paradise. Photo Rachel LEvine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. La Troyenne. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. La Troyenne. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. The Quitter. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. The Quitter. Photo Rachel Levine.

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. T. J. Dawe. Photo Rachel LEvine

Montreal Fringe Festival Launch. T. J. Dawe. Photo Rachel LEvine

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