Monday, December 4, 2023

Fringe Review: Deep Fried Curried Perogies

Who: Mahatmamajama Productions
What: Deep Fried Curried Perogies
Length: 75 minutes
Where: Bridgeworks (200 Caroline Street North)
When: July 21-31 as part of the Hamilton Fringe Festival
Tickets: $12 + $1.75 fee at

Michelle Todd, and an old storage chest. These are the only two ingredients that are needed to perform Deep Fried Curried Perogies, one of the strongest plays in the 2022 Fringe Festival.

Of course, just like the play itself, the chest was full of surprises. Pulling out photographs, swimming gear, and many other props, Todd makes sure to take full advantage of its storage space. Making sure to equip audio as her secret weapon, Todd flexes her wicked-sharp sense for theatrics by using throwback tunes and sound effects to immerse her audience in the stories she shares- including some killer dance moves.

Reflecting on her mixed-race identity, Canadian racism, a surprise pregnancy, and her coming-of-age story, the grown Michelle Todd tells the story of her upbringing with an electric and unforgettable performance. Raised by a Filipino mom and a Jamaican dad, Todd describes the alienation and loneliness of living between two labels that only a person of mixed-race identity could relate to.

Todd swings from the hilarious, to the thought-provoking and devastating with grace, making the above average run time of her show fly by. The rumors are true- Deep Fried Curried Perogies is one tasty dish.

Sarah Jessica Rintjema
Sarah Jessica Rintjema
Sarah Jessica Rintjema (she/her) is a music and arts journalist and live music photographer based in Hamilton, Ontario, and working within the GTHA. Besides running a Canadian arts promotional blog titled Sarah's Hotspot where she interviews local artists about recent single, album, and music video releases, Sarah Jessica hosts a podcast called HOTSHOTS where she dives deep into industry issues with local artists, which inspired her weekly radio show on Mohawk College's 101.5 The Hawk every Tuesday at 7PM, called HOTSHOTS On Air. You can contact Sarah Jessica through email, Instagram, or through the contact form on her website. Profile photo by Christopher Arndt.

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