Ten (+ten) shows not to be missed at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo: Vancouver Fringe Festival / Daisy Yang
Ten (+ten) shows not to be missed at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo: Vancouver Fringe Festival / Daisy Yang

With over 80 shows in just 11 days, deciding what to see at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival can be a bit daunting.  Here are ten (+ten) shows, in no particular order, that we’re not going to miss this year.

 Peter n' Chris and the Kinda OK Corral - not that this comedy duo will need any help in selling tickets, it is just that in all our years of covering the Vancouver Fringe this will be the first Peter n' Chris show we'll actually get to see.  We also happen to think cowboy hats are awesome.
Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral – not that this comedy duo will go unnoticed, it is just that in all our years of covering the Vancouver Fringe this will be the first Peter n’ Chris show we’ll actually get to see. We also happen to think cowboy hats are pretty awesome.
Moonlight After Midnight - another Fringe veteran, Martin Dockery teams up with Vanessa Quesnelle this year to tell this story where nothing is as it seems.  Despite a title that sounds like the latest from Woody Allen, it has been four years since Dockery captured our imaginations with his 4 1/2 star performance in Wanderlust.
Moonlight After Midnight – another Fringe veteran, Martin Dockery teams up with Vanessa Quesnelle this year to tell this story where nothing is as it seems.  Despite a title that sounds like the latest from Woody Allen, it has been four years since Dockery captured our imaginations with his 4 1/2 star performance in Wanderlust.
Didn't see that coming...
… didn’t see that coming – we’re a little embarrased to admit it, but we were early fans of the television show Once Upon a Time so when we heard Granny (aka Beverly Elliott) was coming to the fringe this year we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  Finding out that she also got her start in gay bars, just like one of our other idols Bette Midler, was a bonus. (Photo: Robin Nielsen)
Meatloaf Jesus
Meatloaf Jesus – this one has two things going for it right out the gate: its title and the fact that it isn’t a one-person show. Damian Rumph’s semi-autobiographical drama is a coming out story of sorts that anyone who grew up gay in the 80s will appreciate.  That it takes place at the birthplace of the North American fringe festival is a purely coincidental.
Lord of the Files
Lord of the Files –  no you didn’t read it wrong … this is not a stage version of the original William Golding classic.  As knowledge workers by day in the world of high-tech, we just get this one. (Photo: Meredith Donahue)
Cannibal: The Musical
Cannibal: The Musical – we haven’t laughed as hard as we laughed when we saw The Book of Mormon (in fact I think we;re pretty sure we left a little pee on the seats of the Eugene O’Neill Theatre).  That this ridiculous musical comes from those same ridiculous minds made this choice a no-brainer (perhaps literally).
Orange is the New Blank
Orange is the New Blank – we haven’t actually participated in any binge viewing of the similar sounding series on Netflix, but we’ve heard such good things that any show willing to rip-off with a title like this deserves our attention. (Photo: Nolan Sage)
Jeff Gladstone as Jack Stackhouse in The Chariot Cities. Photo by Emily Cooper.
The Chariot Cities – an original play with music?  You had us at original play with music. It’s plot sounds a little like a soap opera, but with its stellar cast we’ll happily go on for this ride.  Did we mention the original music? (Photo: Emily Cooper)
Whackjob
Whackjob – to be honest, the advance press on this particular show was about as confusing as any we have seen, but we figure since it is written by a bonafide neurologist (we think) we figured it was worth a chance.
Best Picture
Best Picture – we love ambitious shows and with a promise of three actors playing a cast of thousands as they recreate every Best Picture Oscar winner this is one of the most ambitious we could find.  Besides, we wouldn’t want to see a show by three fringe “legends”?

And because we have no self-control, here are ten more that we’re planning on taking in as well:

The 30th annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs September 4-14 on Granville Island (and beyond).  Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.

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