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May 29, 2014

Fringe Fest highlights innovative theater, cabaret, improv

MONTREAL — From big German puppetry to bigger gay Italian weddings to some pretty big Shakespearean conspiracy theories — the Fringe is on.

The 24th edition of the Montreal Fringe Festival, which runs June 2 through 22, features original and eclectic stage works of full-length theater, sketch comedy and imaginative improv and dance.

In all, more than 100 works presented by independent theater companies will be performed in Montreal’s Plateau district for a magical mixed bag of theater genres.

Here’s how much fun you can be having at the Fringe:

“Shirley Gnome She’s Presenting” offers a saucy musical journey “with titillating tunes about the hilarious and profound ways that bodies collide,” performed, of course, by the colorfully cheeky guitar-strumming Shirley herself. At Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur E., June 13, 14, 16, 17, 21 and 22.

The Pinnunizato family — all 15 of them — invite you to “My Big Gay Italian Wedding” where plenty of topical stereotypes abound. At Cabaret du Mile End, 5240 du Parc Ave., June 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, and 22.

The bigness continues with “My Big Fat German Puppet Show,” which features “zombies, Germans, and hand tools, combined like never before.” At MAI, 3680 Jeanne Mance St. June 14, 15, 17, 19, 20 and 22.

Dubbed “‘The Breakfast Club’ for grownups,” “4 Girls 4 Ever” follows four women — former friends and foes — who, after a few drinks, get locked in a classroom overnight during their 25th high school reunion. It runs for 12 performances June 6 through 20 at Espace Freestanding Room, 4324 St. Laurent Blvd.

Here’s something to consider catching. “Chlamydia dell’Arte: A Sex-Ed Burlesque” offers a sex-ed class told through traditional burlesque — striptease and all. It’s held June 14, 15, 16, 19, 20 and 22 at Petit Campus.

It wouldn’t be a Fringe without Keir Cutler and his best bud Shakespeare. Cutler returns for his impressive 13th Fringe Fest with “Shakespeare Crackpot,” a “new comic rant on Shakespeare, crackpot conspiracy theories and miseducation.” It’s presented June 14 through 18, 21 and 22 at Scene Mini, 4247 St. Dominique St.

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