-Megan Phillips

The friend zone.

A special kind of purgatory for that nice guy, whose friend just won’t accept that he’s perfect for her. She’s out there, living her best life while he suffers the slings and arrows of outrageous and unjustified rejection.

But is it really all sunshine and roses for her?

friendzone explores the confusing, the complicated and the dark from her side of the zone…

Written and performed by Sherri Elle, dramaturgy by TJ Dawe, directed by Megan Phillips.


– Drawing Board Productions

Tess has never struggled with decisions… until her boyfriend Steve unexpectedly proposes. The next 10 seconds in her head expand into an epic and frantic journey as she determines the one word that will change the rest of her life.
4 ½ STARS – Edmonton Journal
4 STARS “Majestic comic timing” – Onstage Ottawa
“Not a show to be missed” – Apartment 613
“Poignant and hilarious” – New Ottawa Critics
“Bryson is a delight to watch” – NOW Toronto
SOLD OUT RUN – 2019 Edmonton Fringe
WINNER – Emerging Artist Award (Tamlynn Bryson, 2015 Ottawa Fringe)
WINNER – View Magazine’s Critic’s Choice, 2016 Hamilton Fringe

1 Stand-up Comedy Show, Please

– Dana + Tim Productions

Tim Gray is a stand-up comedian from Winnipeg who now makes his home in Toronto. He has appeared on CBC Radio’s The Debaters three times, including one that resulted in his marriage to comedian Dana Smith. You better believe he’s an absurdist comedian with an album “You Gotta Laugh” that you can hear everywhere, all the time. He’s also a member of 5 STAR sketch comedy group HUNKS.
“Where does he come up with this stuff?” – Audience member

90 Lies an Hour: Paul Strickland

– Paul Strickland Presents

18X Best of Fest winner Paul Strickland returns with new stories from Ain’t True & Uncle False! Mark Twain meets Salvador Dali in this award-winning LIE-LARIOUS collection of tall-tales and songs!

WINNER – BEST SOLO COMEDY, Orlando Fringe, 2019
WINNER – ENCORE AWARD, Cincinnati Fringe, 2019
From the people who brought you:
Ain’t True & Uncle False (5 STARS – Winnipeg Free Press, 2015)
Papa Squat (5 STARS – CBC, 2016)
Tales Too Tall for Trailers (5 STARS – Winnipeg Free Press, 2017)

“…pitch perfect storytelling and verbal acrobatics (oh boy, can this man spin a yarn)” – CBC
“…an expert raconteur who spins hilariously entertaining stories…” – Pioneer Press

A is for Anxiety Apples

– B12 Theatre Productions

B12 Theatre Productions presents the original work A is for Anxiety Apples. Through humour and dramatization, this show borrows from lived experiences of mental illness and struggles to raise awareness about the relevance of mental health. With the use of vignettes, performers provide intimate viewpoints on their own experiences with anxiety, depression, disordered eating and body image. The cast is made up of artists who are passionate about advocating for mental health and aim to do this not only through theatre, but through the power of knowledge and education. The cast asks audience members to kindly remember to show compassion to others as not everyone’s apples are always red and shiny!


– Rob Gee

Two old men escape from a care facility and go to a metal festival.
The new comedy from Rob Gee (Fruitcake, Forget Me Not: The Alzheimer’s Whodunnit), also starring Jon Paterson (How I Met My Mother).

Reviews from previous shows:

5 STARS “Be prepared to be blown away” – CBC
5 STARS “Wild… wonderful… socially incorrect… genius” – Winnipeg Free Press
5 STARS “Hilarious and heartbreaking” – Victoria Times Colonist
4 1/2 STARS “Fiercely funny, heartbreaking and very much a must see” – Edmonton Journal
5 STARS “Wonderful” – Theatre in London
Grade A+ “Wickedly funny” – Uptown Magazine

Adventure of the Little Rooster

– The Grand Salto Theatre

Everything changes the day the Little Rooster finds a shiny silver coin. Hilarious consequences and supreme shenanigans abound! Dazzle and delight at this retelling of the classic Hungarian folk tale that promotes the importance of standing up for yourself – performed with music, dance, puppets and circus!
From the creative team that brought you the award-winning Fringe darlings Philip & Lucinda and Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story 4 1/2 STARS
“This is one delightfully silly show” – Edmonton Journal
“Outright adorable” – CBC

African Folktales with Erik de Waal

– YAP Theatre

The South African HIT show is back! Half a million kids on five continents can’t be wrong. Talking giraffes, zany zebras, galumphing elephants and much much more magic.
One storyteller and a cast of lovable animal puppets bring the stories of South Africa to vibrant life! African Folktales with Erik de Waal has earned rave reviews across Canada and has become a regular Fringe Pick in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Regina. Join Erik for a fun, fast and furious 45 minutes sure to delight kids of all ages.
5 STARS “It’s superb. Don’t miss it” – CBC
5 STARS “The man just knows how to tell a story” – Winnipeg Free Press
5 STARS “A children’s show doesn’t get much better” – Edmonton Journal

Aliens of Extraordinary Ability

– Crosseyed Rascals

The Crosseyed Rascals have been entertaining audiences with clean improvised comedy since 2001. Are they aliens with extraordinary abilities… or just out-of-this world quirky? Using audience suggestions, they make every show unique and audiences design the shows they want to see!
The Rascals work clean – except during their late-night uncensored Dark Rascal shows, featuring guest improvisers. Anything can happen during Dark Rascal Hours!

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

– Shoestring Players

Shoestring returns!

Best of Fest – Winnipeg Free Press
4 STARS: Quilters/The Dining Room/Mr. Flannery’s Ocean/Graceland

Meet Cinderella’s pig, find that perfect tombstone and deal with that scary stuff lurking in the sink! All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is a look at what is profound in everyday life from childhood whimsy to old age wisdom. These stories and songs are more than just a series of events, they celebrate our very existence. From classroom to care home, Shoestring ties it all together brilliantly to reflect a little light onto what is already inside us all! Theatrical storytelling at its best!

Based on the books of Robert Fulghum