Now, going into this show, I already knew it might be something of a challenge to connect to for those uninitiated to the rave and music festival scene. Having been to several music festivals of the type that he was telling about, I thought I was prepared. But as Michael Moore began with his one man show, I realized that I was in for a trip I didn’t want to be on.

Moore played many different characters, including himself, to tell a true story of his life of partying and his disdain for the mundane life adult-ier adults...

Pay attention, it’s fast! Steve Larkin is a British spoken-word artist who has written and performed several poems and songs pertaining to many topics that people could easily get offended by. The name of his show relates to a poem he reads about women’s magazines and their obsession with fat and sex. This poem goes on for quite a long time in a psychotic mantra-like style. Much of the content is lost because his northern English accent is a little thick and he’s speaking so fast that you can miss some of the words.

When Larkin is just...

Piaf and Brel is a one-woman show performed by internationally acclaimed vocalist Melanie Gall. While being seated behind individual cabaret-like tables, prepare to be taken away by the power and clarity of Melanie Gall’s incredible vocals.

She tells the interesting story of the life of the French singer Edit Piaf and the Belgian singer and songwriter Jacques Brel. Both are iconic musical figures and exceptional singers. Gall mixes the story of the two musicians with facts from her own biography, bringing the audience closer to her and her performance.

You are guaranteed to be taken away by the extreme professionalism and quality...

Melanie Gall

Having seen one of the other shows in this series, I came to this show with great expectations. I was nearly bouncing in my seat to see another one. I even brought a friend this time! The show was comprised of two different plays, starting with The Lilacs That Come a Month Early Are Still So Beautiful and followed by Cosmic Justice.

The Lilacs That Come a Month Early Are Still So Beautiful starts with a man named The Last of His Kind moving through a blue sheet that I thought was water, maybe. As the story progresses several...

Mrs. Barbour's Daughters by AJ Taudevin is inspired by a true story around a very real Mrs. Barbour, a Scottish housewife and political activist who invoked change in the early 20th century. Mrs. Barbour is known for gathering women to fight against increased rent, her organized protests quickly leading to the Rent Restriction Act in Europe. Taudevin's story takes place years after, focusing on 87 year old Mary, played by the magnificent Barbara Ellison, who is facing eviction from her building that is set to be demolished. Mrs. Barbour's Daughters uniquely unfolds with flashbacks to Mary's past as songs...

Aiming to Float is the first dramatic reading in the series, Advance Theatre: New Works by Women. Written by Janet Hinton after having experience both as a patient and an instructor at a pain clinic, Aiming to Float examines a number of common themes against the backdrop of life altering pain.

Seven months after ‘the accident’ Seamus is not the man he used to be and Chris is still on the waiting list for therapy at a pain clinic. Unable to function as a mother, wife, money-earner, or school volunteer, pain and dysfunction have become the norm for Chris....

And Bella Sang with Us is a play about the first women police officers in Canada. Set in Vancouver in 1912, these two women: Constable Harris, played by Leanna Brodie, and Constable Miller, played by Sarah Louise Turner, try and make it in the “men’s” world of policing. This is a serious drama that authentically portrays some of the issues that the city still grapples with today. With raw emotion, splendid music, and uncomfortable issues, And Bella Sang with Us is an intriguing fictional history of Vancouver.

Directed by Sarah Rodgers, And Bella Sang with Us is performed...

What happens when a coworker goes rogue? Specifically, what happens at a Canadian network’s children show when one of their clowns goes rogue? Does Not Play Well with Others, written and performed by Pick of the Fringe winners Adam Francis Proulx and Kira Hall, explores how the aftermath of a PR crisis involving a tropical fruit effects two puppeteers.

There is a lot going on in this show and since props feature heavily, let’s start with them. The puppets themselves are for the characters of Oomph and Bae, they are the stars of the show within the show and give Hall...

This three part fusion of digital and live-action visual manipulation is stellar in its conception, but varied in execution.

We’ve all seen something of the latest in motion capture technology, most likely on the screens of the latest Hollywood blockbuster movies. In a short introduction producer, director, and performer Athomas Goldberg informs audiences that the result of motion capture that we see on the Hollywood screen arises from the immense effort of teams of digital artists and technicians. He says this process takes a long time in film post-production because a single minute of motion capture performance creates many...

Fantastic! This is definitely worth seeing, as any musical usually is. But there is something about How to Adult that just hits the nail on the head. Set in a co-housing situation in Vancouver, 4 young 20-somethings live together and try to be adults. With a runtime of just under an hour, it will leave you humming the tunes and wanting more.  

Together these four young millennials write out a list of things they think they each need to do in order to become more adult-like. The list includes things like: getting a job, eliminating co-dependent relationships, and...

Amica Hunter and David Cantor are co-founders of the theatrical circus entertainment company: A Little Bit Off and their latest show couldn’t be more ON.

Maid and butler to the incorporeal owner of an Edwardian manor, Hunter and Cantor’s characters are charged with the daunting task of cleaning the interior in preparation for some forthcoming guests. Never before has cleaning been so casually acrobatic and playfully funny. With just a little imagination, the house becomes so much more than its walls, and the cleaning supplies so much more than their cleaning purpose. As their chores and imaginings take...

So much has been written about romance - happy & sad, exciting & boring. What else could be written and performed? Remember that there are many kinds of love (from 4 to 7 by some count) and so many creatures, creeps and        . There are so many philosophical positions, not to mention physical positions. So take a creative duo like Tom Hill and Devin MacKenzie, and see what nonsense and mayhem they can come up with. Plenty I would say. I can tell you that most of their ideas were ones that I had never thought of. The audience seemed to...

This show takes place on a superbly chosen Bring Your Own Venue, outdoors in Granville Island’s Sculpture Grove, which lends it a sense of enchantment.  

The first thing I noticed when I arrived, taking my seat at the edge of the wooden walkway, overlooking the grove and, beyond it, Alder Bay, was three beautiful and intricate horse masks tied to the tree right in front of me. I was reminded of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which also takes place in an enchanted forest. But far from Shakespeare’s wordy script, crude animal inclusion, and chaotic fairy enchantments,...

This show is only half an hour long. It makes for a quick, light, and fun revitalization between your various Fringe activities.

Harken back on what you’ve been told about going on dates or interviews – when meeting someone for the first time, what do you say about yourself? And what do the things you don’t say, say about you? I’m talking about body language. Body language is just as important as (if not more important than) what you wear or what you say. This show takes body language as its medium and its message in the context of...

Surprise – it's all sketches! They sketched before, they sketch now, and if you are smart, you will get a ticket and they will Sketch Ya Later!

It all starts with a video of Elvis and Jesus – are they playing themselves? This improbable pairing, even “In the Guetto” is unexpected.

I couldn't tell you who the leader or star of Huskey Guy Productions is, the performers work together to share the spotlight and laughter. And there is laughter.  Let me cut to the chase: it's all about reversals, perspectives and rewarding surprises. The troupe members work together and bounce off...

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