Writers are often told “write what you know”. One gets the distinct impression that Vancouver playwright Michelle Deines has wholly embraced that advice in A Dog at a Feast.

In Deines’ newest script, the artistic director of a Vancouver theatre company is desperate to keep her company alive. Enlisting the help of a tough-as-nails theatre critic, she concocts a plan to present that critic’s play as their saviour.  Problem is, the artistic director has cast the lead role with a young up-and-comer that the critic-come-playwright finds pretentious.

The play does meander somewhat to an uninspired conclusion, but industry insiders will get the jokes, and everyone will appreciate Alison Kelly’s absolutely wonderful performance.

The best show of four during my first full-day at this year’s Fringe.

Monday, September 12, @ 10:45pm
Wednesday, September 14 @ 8:00pm
Thursday, September 15 @ 6:00pm
Friday, September 16 @ 10:45pm
Saturday, September 17 @ 1:00pm