Fringe Recap: Shotgun Wedding and Swoon

At the recommendation of Louanne who was turned away at the rush line earlier this week, I went 3 hours early to line up for Shotgun Wedding, an R&B mixtape musical about a Filipina’s debut and unexpected pregnancy by Carlos Bulosan Theatre. Fully expecting to be the first person in line, I was surprised to find that there were already half a dozen people ahead of me! Wow, glad I filled my iphone with 3 hours + of Boys II Men!  The long wait was worth it.  Performed in the Alexandra Park Community Center’s gymnasium with the audience seated on either side of the performers, it seemed like you were actually at the Debut portrayed in the story. The best part was definitely the R&B musical numbers and the 90’s Scarborough references :)

Earlier that day, I went to Factory Theatre to check out Swoon, featuring Darrel Gamotin of Asiansploitation. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I was looking for any excuse to listen to love stories and get swept up off my feet. Indeed the play delivered, with many honest moments that made your heart cringe and swell up at the same time. You can check out Swoon again during the Fringe Patrons’ Pick Performances next week. Congrats to Swoon for making the Patron’s Picks list!