Ten (+ten) shows not to be missed at this year's Vancouver Fringe Festival. Photo: Vancouver Fringe Festival / Daisy Yang
Picking which shows to see at the
Vancouver Fringe Festival is a combination of knowledge, luck, timing, and even a tiny bit of witchcraft. With so many shows to choose from, deciding what to see can be overwhelming for even the seasoned Fringe goer. Here are ten (plus ten) shows, in no particular order, that we’re not going to miss this year.
Martin Dockery & Vanessa Quesnelle, creators of last year’s critically acclaimed , return with Moonlight After Midnight , a new drama about love, fear, and desperation. Love is a Battlefield
How could someone who reviews theatre not be interested in a show about reviewing theatre? Vancouver’s Bleeding Heart Theatre presents , Michelle Deines’ examination of the power of the fear of judgement, and how we are all our own worst critics. A Dog at a Feast
One of several new musicals at this year’s Fringe, is the story of four 20-somethings trying to get their shit together in present-day Vancouver. Set to music. How To Adult: The Musical
First seen at the Shift 1-Act Festival in 2014, Katey Hoffman & Cheyenne Mabberley return as Jules and Fiona in . Find out why we The After After Party compared them to Saunders and French.
One-person shows are a dime-a-dozen at the Fringe, but when you combine comic actor Megan Phillips with Fringe veteran TJ Dawe, you have the formula for a winner. In her autobiographical dark comedy, , Phillips comes face-to-face with demons she didn’t even know existed. Not Enough
Vancouver’s Electric Theatre Company celebrates its 20th anniversary season with , written and first performed in 1996 by the Electric Theatre Company’s co-artistic director & co-founder, Jonathon Young, when he was an acting student at Studio 58. The show also marks the 20th anniversary of the company’s Fringe debut. Image by Bold Rezolution Studio. Great Day For Up
Mind of a Snail Puppet Co returns to the Fringe with . A surreal quest into the microscopic innards of a mythical beast, the company’s signature look combines handmade layered projections and an original musical soundtrack. Curious Contagious
Okay, we admit we can be as sophomoric as the next guy so had us with its title. Fortunately this one-man comedy film noir magical murder mystery also comes with a pedigree, having already taken eight Best of Fringe awards around the globe. 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation
A follow-up to last year’s , Theatre Terrific and Aboriginal Front Door collaborate with Being Animal . A journey of song, dance, mask, and music the performance takes place once again outside at Granville Island’s Sculpture Grove. Hidden Stories
What is reality? Pepper’s Ghost New Media Collective explores the question in , with an eclectic mix of live theatrical performance, real-time motion capture, 3D animation, and electronic music. Manipulation
And because we have no self-control, here are ten more that we’re planning to take in as well:
– the subject matter is tough but it is hard to ignore (forgive the nepotism) as it features our very own The Dance Teacher David C Jones.
– we have at least one curse needed lifting. We wonder if Travis take requests? Charlatan
– former Ballet BC performer, John Grady, tells the story of his mother’s journey into dementia. The Old Woman
– on our list from 2014, we are bound and determined to get to this one this year. Best Picture
– we’ve always wanted to put a mentalist to the test. What am I thinking now? Mind Games
– the 2nd in our nepotism series, Vancouver Presents writer The Secret Chelsey Stuyt makes her Fringe debut.
– a sci-fi comedy? We’re in! The Jupiter Rebellion: A Zach Zultana Adventure
– winner of the 2015 Smackdown 24-hour musical theatre competition, this homegrown musical has lots of baggage. Carry On: A Musical
– all the way from Mexico City, this dark and twisted folktale gets its world premiere in Vancouver. The Orbweaver
– we love comeback stories as playwright Sally Stubbs presents the next iteration of her story of Vancouver’s first women police officers. And Bella Sang With Us
The 32nd annual Vancouver International Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island (and beyond). Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.