Does the jury of public opinion determine if art is worthwhile?
Does the jury of public opinion determine if art is worthwhile?

A dark comedy, A Dog at a Feast examines the power of the fear of judgement, and how we are all our own worst critics.

A Dog at a Feast
Carousel Theatre, 1411 Cartwright St, Granville Island

1. Tell us about your show.

The reality of working in the theatre means that the plays we write, direct, produce, design, and perform in are essentially for the audience and open to public opinion. This play tells a story about three theatre professionals who are faced with this reality in different ways. Diane is a jaded arts critic who glories in writing bloodthirsty reviews for the shows she thinks are sub-standard—which are most of them. Maya is an up-and-coming starlet who has been on a string of luck and therefore sees nothing but possibility. Janet is a veteran of the whole scene who has sees things exactly as they are, and is therefore thoroughly depressed. While Diane is preparing for her next big piece, Janet asks her to be involved in a new project that unwittingly forces Diane to face her biggest fear: a return to the public eye.

2. Why should someone come see your show?

Come see a new dark comedy by a local award winning playwright! It is sharp, witty, funny, and cutting. It is a play that examines a topic we all have an opinion about but rarely see presented on stage: criticism. This show is being presented by Bleeding Heart Theatre who brought you the smash hit Vancouver Fringe production of The Fighting Season last year. It is directed by local director to watch Evan Frayne and features a talented female cast.

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Definitely Elektra. A lethal assassin with pin point precision.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

Jonathan Young is doing a Fringe show this year so I’ll definitely be seeing that one. Electric Company Theatre’s Great Day for Up.

The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.