A note to Fringe Festivals everywhere: Enough with the cute pre-show announcements. This seems to be the year that the fringe saw the need to tell people to turn off their cell phones (a five-second conversation, at best), as an opportunity to engineer big audio production numbers that are sponsored by everything from local realtors to the CBC. Some of them are way over a minute long.
Some of them are hilariously funny … the first time we hear them.
Some of them are funnier than the shows we are about to see.
And some are longer than the shows we are about to see.
No, not really, but they do extract a minute from the available performance time, or the subsequent changeover time.
And lately, the venue techs, assumedly in agreement with the performers, have stopped playing them.
And what happens as a result? Watches and cell pho…