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Gay highlights of the Toronto Fringe Festival
FRINGE / Evelyn Reese's Walking Tour, Craplicker and more
Serafin LaRiviere / Toronto / Thursday, June 17, 2010


Evelyn Reese is the sort of woman you might meet at bingo: massive tinted glasses, polyester pantsuit and a voice that could cut through tempered steel. She's also the creation of playwright/actor Susan Fischer, and will make her third appearance at this year's Fringe.
Evelyn Reese's Walking Tour is part of the festival's BYOV (Bring Your Own Venue) series, where creators mount their performances outside of the Fringe's traditional spaces.
As Reese, Fischer plans to tour small audiences around the character's favourite Bloor St haunts. They'll pop into stores and coffee shops as Evelyn holds forth on topics ranging from custom-fitted brassieres to her best friend and "poofter," Reynold.

"It's total satire," says Fischer. "That's what I love about it. It's an opportunity to say things that are not necessarily homophobic, but maybe a little clued out or judgmental.

"It's so much fun to be a lesbian playing a crazy straight woman who thinks of herself as very liberal but comes out with the most politically incorrect things."

Like Archie Bunker or Tracey Ullman's Ruby Romaine, Fischer's lippy alter ego skewers intolerance by speaking from the side of uninformed - but genial - ignorance.

"I think it's important for audiences to be able to like Evelyn," says Fischer. "She may say things that she shouldn't, like calling gay men 'poofters,' but the reality is that her best friend is gay and she's completely fine with it."

Evelyn Reese's Walking Tour departs from the Fringe Club (581 Bloor St W at Bathurst) at 6:30pm on Wed, June 30.


”Let’s just get it out in the open — Evelyn Reese is funny. Damn funny... Reese delivers a spectacular one-woman sequel to her 2006 Fringe hit and fills a full hour with sarcasm and satire."

Winnipeg Sun, July 2008

"Evelyn is a slightly-past-prime, garrulous font of wisdom. She teeters around the stage in her pink miniskirt, enormous sunglasses, and with an ever-present cigarette. It’s an elastic, rubber-faced physical performance that makes her seem a female Jim Carrey at points...Fischer delivers one punchline after another."

CBC Manitoba, July 2008

"Susan Fischer has the audience roaring in her pitch-perfect performance as the tipsy, lipstick-smeared gal from the office steno pool, digressing her way through rants on smoking laws, 'poofter' pals, ungratefull kids and absent dads."

"The gawdy and hilarious Evelyn Reese returns for her second Fringe installation ... this fun show has momentum as well as un-PC one-liners that will make even the most stalwart idealists laugh."

NOW, July 5, 2007

From The Toronto Star, Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Evelyn Reese Show

Highly recommended
Glen Morris Theatre, 4 Glen Morris. Next: Tomorrow, 5:30 p.m.
The star of The Evelyn Reese Show is no stranger to the stage – and neither is her creator, Susan Fischer.
As the marvellous, not so stylish Reese, Fischer has toured the country, appearing at comedy clubs, cabarets and karaoke places. In this solo show, her character speaks her mind about tackling trying marriages, dealing with divorce, befriending giggly gays and discoing at Studio 54 (no, not the famous New York hotspot – a Kitchener location under a golf and country club). Her idea of a baby shower gift is a gift certificate from the LCBO because the mother “needed booze more than bibs and blankets.”
The Evelyn Reese Show compels you to picture Married…With Children’s Peggy Bundy after packing on a belly and putting down too many fruity drinks over the years. Reese is a curvaceous, vivacious and boisterous bitch.
“I am not actually a professional entertainer,” Fischer confesses, but the self-proclaimed amateur actress is in big demand as emcee for retirement parties, picnics and office functions. And the reason why is obvious – with nothing but black chairs and matching table and a smiley-faced mug on the stage, her Reese is a triumph of crazy charm and savvy sassiness.
Amanda-Marie Quintino

From The CBC (Manitoba) Winnepeg Fringe Review, July12, 2006            Reviewed at the 2006 Toronto Fringe (July 5-16, 2006)
Five Sheriff Stars                                                            Everyone knows an Evelyn Reese.  She wears a bit too much lipstick, her shorts are too tight, and her mink is a tad on the musty side.  She’s NOT aging gracefully.  But as far as she’s concerned, the world revolves around her – and she loves it.  In this one-woman tour-de-force, Evelyn brings us into her world.  She’s hilarious, offensive, and prides herself on her ability to “out” gay men (“After twenty minutes alone with me, any guy who doesn’t try to jump my bones is either gay or a paraplegic.”)  If Marg Delahunty wrote a fringe show, this would be it.  Totally fun.            CBC Reviewer: Bertram Schneider

NOW magazine Online Edition, July 2006
Reviewed by: Kate Pedersen
Evelyn Reese (Susan Fischer) is what results when Liza
Minelli, Joan Collins, and Mary Tyler Moore have a
baby and wean it on rye and ginger. She's the gal
who's made it after all, and she tells you about her
journey through her ex-husbands, "poofter" friends and
trips to Vegas. Fischer delights with every awful
(A NOW pick)

From the Times Colonist, Victoria, B.C., June 2, 2006

* * * *...Evelyn sashays about the stage like a trailer-park Judy
Garland. She keeps up a constant banter, one side of her mouth dragging as
though she has suffered a wee stroke. She’s a bit of a train wreck, yet we
admire Ms. Reese’s tanacity and gritty joie de vivre...

It’s tremendously funny, yet what makes Fischer’s 60-minute piece more than
just laughs is her obvious affection for Evelyn. Also compelling is the
careful detail with which she paints the character; the fact her portrait is
based on realism ensures that mere caricature is avoided.”
Adrain Chamberlain


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