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Five Stages Of Death



In an almost-exhaustively meta love letter to Fringe shows and the critics that pan them, four artists who happen upon a crime scene must ask each other (and themselves)—how far would you go to exact revenge on a reviewer? Newton’s script was snappy and wordsy both, making use of the word “fetid” twice, which is impressive in and of itself. The acting was tight, well-timed and self-assured, with actors leaning deftly into their tropes *just enough* to let us know they, too, were in on the joke. I would love to just publish a list of all the Fringe jokes packed into one show, but that would put me way over my word count. Anyone looking for some smooth Fringe-ified in-humour and shockingly chill and cerebral reaction to murder should get their tickets before I get any more self-conscious about reviewing a show about a reviewer reviewing a show. —Sarah Culkin


Gig City


Total Score
4/ 5

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11 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 4:15 pm - 2018/08/17
  • 7:15 pm - 2018/08/18
  • 9:15 pm - 2018/08/20
  • 4:30 pm - 2018/08/21
  • 2:45 pm - 2018/08/22
  • 6:45 pm - 2018/08/24
  • 2:30 pm - 2018/08/25
  • 8:00 pm - 2018/08/26

Posted 2018/08/18 by



One Review


    The Five Stages of Death, a show about a cruel critic reviewing “Fringe” shows and leaving a trail of harsh reviews and tears of actors and playwrights. 5 performers come across a murder scene and try to piece together the story of the crime. This show is fun and very relatable for long time Fringers especially. Overall, a great show filled with laughs alongside strong acting.This show has great relevance with relation to the cruel critics for this year.

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