Reviews

  • “It doesn't remember who liked it... who didn't like it... it just remembers that it was”

    Aux.La.More is an intimate storytelling and dance performance by Kara Nolte – and she has such a presence on stage. The way she tells her story and explains the way dance has allowed her to express herself is disarming and at the same time very comfortable.

    I found myself wrapped up in the way she moved and tumbled and was marionetted on the dance floor – the way her suit jacket trailed behind her. She'd dance to a piece of music, and then she'd...

  • Chelsey Stuyt is a comedian and performer from Vancouver, BC, Canada. The story is based on her personal experience.

    Although Stuyt is well known as a comedian,The Secret is a great balanced combination of serious and funny! She tells stories inside of stories. Multilayered, emotional, sophisticated and excellent storytelling. The Secret weaves together psychology, mythology, personal exploration and a parent’s love, culminating in a heartbreaking, unexpected reveal you won’t soon forget.

    Chelsey talks about human nature, the mistakes we make and what and how we learn from them. She elaborates on questions such as, “Why do we keep secrets?” and “Why do we...

  • I'm trying to think of a good comparison here. Windy Wynazz is – like a volcano of energy. Like a sexually obsessed teenager in hotpants. Like a lace-legged fire tornado.

    When I walked into the theatre the first thing I saw were a pair of shapely legs in fishnet stockings bent over their owners' body in classic autofellatio pose, feet spilling over onto the first step of the audience gallery. The lady herself. She popped up from the floor like an excited emo fountain of nervous energy and showed people to the front rows – ushering people away from what she called...

  • 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...

  • Vancouver’s Kevin Kraussler and Ming Hudson wrote and perform the show. It alternates between two separate stories and time periods: the first recorded case of schizophrenia, James Matthews, hospitalized in London’s ‘Bedlam’ asylum in the late 18th century and a current story of a delusional woman and her daughter that was drawn from the real-life exposure of the cast.

    The play opens with a male physician speaking to our audience as if we were a professional jury. He presents a patient suffering from delusions who has been hospitalized for many years. They are reviewing his mental status in order to...

  • The whole set of this play takes place in the bar. The story is not very original to start with. It is about a guy who is pretending to be a widower in order to hook up with an attractive girl at the bar. The play's forty minutes consist of them going back and forth with standard pleasantries just in time for him to agree to go back to her place and – you guessed it – that is when his “deceased” wife appears to bust him. Somehow, I saw that coming—wouldn't you?

    The story does not end quite yet and takes you a...

  • Frank: To Be Frank is a hilarious performance put on by the Fran Frimself. Frank is charismatic and talented – the greatest thing since cable tv, he takes water and turns it into golden water – the crossdressing showstopper himself – FRANK!

    The show was awesome. I was laughing embarassingly hard the whole time. Frank draws the audience into hilarious anti-comedy, getting us to clap for shitty synth drumbeats and constant reappearances onstage. He beat an audience member in a game of name that song that I suspect may have been rigged; he double boob-edly held a beer and then drank said beer...

  • This show was sold out within a few days of opening at the Fringe. If you were lucky like me to get to see the performance you most likely enjoyed it. However I am attributing the success of the sales mainly to the character in the center – D. Trump. I mean he is already funny so it is no brainer to make a comedy out of it.

    The show runs in a musical format with many great song parodies and I found the singing to be quite good. The story line takes many turns into Star Wars with characters twisted to reflect...

  • Whenever I go to a one man show I am always a bit worried. In my opinion the play and the act has to be exceptional in order for one man to keep your attention throughout. This was not a problem for Brent Hirose acting as Alex in Sea Wall.

    Alex tells you the story of his life and love for his wife and daughter. He talks about love for his wife in such a romantic and beautiful way that leaves you admiring such a relationship. He describes his most profound feeling for their daughter, making you see what it means to be...

  • Burn Job is written and performed by TJ Dawe. This is his 13th appearance at the Vancouver Fringe and his 106th Fringe overall. 106 Fringes!

    Dawe's sit-down monologue takes you on a mesmerizing 75-minute journey. It is hard to say if it is a play or more of a motivational seminar on spiritual enlightenment. He could be successful writing a self-help book. It is the story of his life told in a very meaningful, intelligent, informative and humorous way.  

    TJ Dawe is absolutely one of the Fringe’s greatest storytellers, and Burn Job is another impressive achievement in Dawe’s ongoing...

    TJ Dawe

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