We interrupt our #FringeDuJour feature to bring you our picks for the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival. With so many shows to choose from deciding what to see can be overwhelming. Here are ten (+ten) shows, in no particular order, that we’re not going to miss this year and think you should check out as well:
– the immigrant experience has been told many times before, but what makes Pedro Chamale’s show compelling is it’s setting in a small northern British Columbia town where 90% of the teenage population has been drunk by the age of fifteen. Chamale promises stories, swearing, racism and even a little bit of drinking by both performer and audience. Small Town Hoser Spic – usually filled with one-person theatrical shows it is always refreshing to see something a little different hit the Fringe. In this contemporary dance piece from Viva Dance, five female dancers take to the stage in an exploration of dreams. Dreamscape – Adam Francis Proulx describes his show as 12 Angry Men meets Avenue Q and we simply couldn’t resist the mash-up of two of our favourite plays. From a single puppet, Proulx transforms it into all twelve members of the jury in his puppet dramedy. We’re just wondering though, where’s the rubber ducky? Baker’s Dozen: 12 Angry Puppets – with his son Justin taking a run at 24 Sussex Drive we couldn’t resist a singing and dancing Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Based on the true story of a B.C. teacher fired for speaking out about the War Measures Act in 1970, this one has shades of Bill C-51. Just Watch Me – Vancouverites will know the Joe Fortes restaurant and the Joe Fortes Library, but how much do they know about Joe Fortes, the man? Based on the life of the legendary lifeguard, this musical biography is sure to be a piece of Vancouver history come to life. LOCO+HERO+JOE – winner of the 2013 Georgia Straight Critic’s Choice Award in 2013 for 6 Guitars, Chase Padgett returns to the Vancouver Fringe with a story of the best damn guitar player you’ve never heard of. Nashville Hurricane – real-life husband and wife Kaitlin Williams and Mack Gordon bring us the world premiere of Gordon’s newest work that features cameo appearances by a different Fringe celebrity each night. Shake The Sheets! – like Eric and Paul, we too were always fascinated by the Sea-Monkey’s for sale at the back of comic books. Just what are they and why did NASA send 400 million of them into space? Instant Life – you knew it had to happen eventually. An unauthorized (obviously) musical parody based on the Suzanne Collins novel and the blockbuster film. District 12 gives way to District 13 in this parody set to the tunes of Taylor Swift, Maroon 5 and Lorde. Hunger Games: The Musical -The ubiquitous one-person Fringe show gets a daring makeover as Esther de Monteflores performs on both aerial and slack ropes as she reinterprets the different phases of life. Climb
And because we have no self-control, here are ten more that we’re hoping to take in as well:
The 31st annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island (and beyond). Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.