Review by Erin Murray
60 min | Variety, Comedy | PG
On game shows, contestants are sometimes offered a choice of prizes between, say, a new washer-dryer set or whatever is in The Mystery Box. If you are the kind of person who always chooses The Mystery Box because you love the thrill of not knowing what you’re going to get, then the show Late Night Cabaret is for you. The show runs every night of the festival and features a different set of performers from other Fringe shows. Like The Mystery Box, every performance offers a tempting surprise, and you never know who might be there.
The opening night featured Ray Besharah of the show Lonely Bear as host, Katherine Glover of Dead Wrong with a story about teaching English, the Pollux Dance troupe members with some pieces from their show Heterollectual: Love, and Other Dumb Ideas, and Christopher Bange of The Fat Guy Show. Bange definitely stole the show with his energetic and hilarious set of magic tricks that had the audience clutching their sides.
Later in the festival, the show will feature the velvety, full-bodied voice of singer Bremner Duthie, some sassy improv theatre from Ottawa’s GRIMprov, and the always-funny Paul Hutcheson.
I can’t promise you’ll love what you get, but with all the talent out there at Ottawa’s Fringe Festival, you’re bound to see something at the Late Night Cabaret that amuses and delights you. Some of the acts are strange, some are funny, others may fall flat; what you get is a little slice of the complete Fringe experience all wrapped up in one conveniently-sized package.
Late Night Cabaret is playing at BYOV-G-The Courtroom (2nd Floor Arts Court, 2 Daly Ave) at 11:15 pm every night of the festival from Thursday June 14 to Saturday June 23.