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I was excited about seeing Program 3 since it was announced a year ago that they were to be performing a work by Ohad Naharin, director of the mighty Batsheva Dance Company. Add to that new work by acclaimed choreographer Emanuel Gat, and a fresh piece by Ballet BC’s director Emily Molnar and we were set for an intriguing evening of dance.

LOCK is a complex and deeply absorbing work by Emanuel Gat and the dancers of Ballet BC. It is a piece about the dancers, ‘their history, talent, commitment and curiosity’. Gat gives us an opportunity to observe the...

Minus16_Dress_11052017_31 photo©Michael Slobodian Minus 16 Choreography / Ohad Naharin Dancers / Artists of Ballet BC

Mike Delamont is one of Canada’s fastest rising comics due not in small part to his creation of the God is a Scottish Drag Queen trilogy. This year Mike brings God is a Scottish Drag Queen II to the Vancouver Fringe Festival & God is a Scottish Drag Queen III to the Fringe’s Pick Plus on Sept. 26.

God (Delamont) appears to his audience with a short black bob, wearing sensible shoes and a mauve power suit. God brings it to the stage with all...

There are a number of elements of this piece that I very much enjoyed, I thought the dialogue was well written and the pacing was wonderfully executed by the two actors with fierce commitment and powerful intentions.  In writing this, Munish Sharma tackles the universal themes of family, love, and traditional values with a skill and precision that kept me actively engaged in the show. Award winning actress Nimet Kanji is a fierce force to be reckoned with. She stings Raj (played by Actor and Playwright Munish Sharma) with sharp one-liners like “You are...

Roy Horowitz has been touring with this show for nearly 20 years. His credentials seem golden and his commitment to theatre is unquestionable.

A classic Fringe show, it's a one-person piece with a limited set recounting some of the “bizarre” situations this family admits they are used to. It's a portrayal of a young boy who's been encouraged to record stories by his writer father who gifts him with a children's tape recorder.  The brightly coloured plastic “My First Sony” is replaced later...

The Hip.Bang! Improv duo of Devin Mackenzie and Thomas Hill provide some decent entertainment. They both have clearly mastered – well, learned – the tricks of the trade that can keep their audience engaged.

On opening night, the show got some laughs, but seemed to lack polish. Timing was just slightly off. Several times, cues were perhaps not picked up on at opportune times. It was good – just not awesome. Yet.

To be sure, there were good bits. A part involving a hookah-smoking master and protégé was pretty cool. A desert scene involving a lost traveler picking stuff...

Comedy, Improv, Physical Theatre, New Work - http://www.hipbang.ca/