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Best of the Fest, updated for Thursday 5/27:

Here’s my updated version of the Best of the Fest, with the addition of Oddlie:

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Here they are: The Best of the Fest

Around Wednesday of Fringe week is a good time to go for superlatives, so here I am with mine. Here’s my first annual Best of the Fest list — the best shows I’ve seen so far (with an addition from my co-critic Dean Johnson). These are don’t-miss shows, and I suspect there may be more to come during the Fringe’s final days. Keep a lookout.

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From the Fringe: ‘Fruitcake’

Fringe review: Fruitcake – Ten Commandments From the Psych Ward, Rob Gee, Leicester, UK.

By Elizabeth Maupin

Sometimes the titles of Fringe shows say it all. Rob Gee has a title like that in Fruitcake, his solo show about the residents of psychiatric wards where he was a nurse in England, Scotland and Australia. Certainly many of the folks he dealt with were nutty as fruitcakes – the drinker who thought there were gangs of Asians in his back yard singing derogatory songs about his family, the drug users, the schizophrenics. But the title also gets at Gee’s attitude toward his patients – the humor-filled, even-tempered and compassionate way he seems to have dealt with people who were at the ends of their ropes.

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