Vancouver Fringe Festival

While my coverage of  this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival has been delayed until Sunday because of an unexpected trip back east, I have been keeping tabs on recommendations from my fellow theatre critics.

While it is still early days, there are three shows that have already risen to the top for Jo Ledingham of the Vancouver Courier and Colin Thomas who writes for the Georgia Straight.. With their permission, I am passing on these three recommendations.

Okay, we admit we can be as sophmoric as the next guy so 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation had us with its title. Fortuntely this one-man comedy film noir magical murder mystery also comes with a pedigree, taking Best of Fringe awards at eight other Fringe Festivals around the globe.
On my list of must see shows this year, Jo says 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation doesn’t disappoint. You can find Jo’s full review on her website.
Shane Adamczak and St John Cowcher in The Ballad of Frank Allen. Photo by Thea Fitz-James.
Colin calls The Ballad of Frank Allen “a hilarious buddy comedy” about a man who lives in another man’s beard. You can read more of Colin’s comments about the show on his website.
Also on my list of shows to see at this year’s Festival, Colin calls what Travis Bernhardt does in Charlatan! as “draw-dropping”.

The 32nd annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs until September 18 on Granville Island and other venues around town.  Visit for tickets and information.

Vancouver Presents!