Frankly, the title says it all -- because that's what I was doing throughout most of the show. Screaming Silently is a trainwreck, I'm afraid, and no amount of cute stage business or earnest delivery can save it. The play is about four adult siblings reunited upon the death of their egomaniac film-director father, one Giles Forbes. In the style of such stories, the siblings return home to pay their last respects and rivalries and dark secrets emerge.
Wow. I can't believe an entire year has gone by. I remember like it was yesterday when I wandered into my first performance in 2011. I was pumped and excited to be involved with the Vancouver Fringe. I was ready to write as many reviews as possible and get as much exposure for the performers as I could.
Allyson McGrane’s show does ‘Vision’ accompanied with much conviction and moving lights. The idea is to find the theatrical big thing, that true artistic vision that appeals to everyone. Just like Justin Bieber.
FYI to all you Fringers! BC Buzz's latest episode has David Jordon doing all kinds of awesome talking and stuff. He is HOOOOT.
Written by Katherine King and Hannah Vaartnou, this show is 45 minutes of pure cringe-making hell. Pretentious beyond belief, boring, amateur, with two young performers caught way over their heads. If the performers had produced this mess themselves I might just forgive them, instead they are betrayed by King’s hubris. (Here’s a concept for you, Ms.
Jigsaw is a blend of feel-good fun, smart humour, and quiet sincerity, and its young performers work hard to bring its nuances to life.
Our heroes chatter about the history of Plank Magazine and basically blabber about whatever pops into their brains. It snuck up on us but Plank is just over two years old and a cranky magazine at that.
We’re getting close to the wire on decision time for who will win this year’s illustrious Talk of the Fringe Award, sponsored by PLANK Magazine and voted on by our intrepid team of reviewers.
Jem Rolls and Rob Gee at Victoria Fringe Wrap Party
Victoria's Fringe Festival 2009 was a huge success that was almost overshadowed by some very bad news.
Just days into the festival word came down that funds from the Provincial Government for next year's Fringe will be slashed. And Intrepid Theatre (the producers of the Festival) will be left holding the proverbial bag. This cast a pall over the festival, and yet despite (or, perhaps,because) of the news Victorians rallied around the Fringe like never before, coming out in record numbers to enjoy and support live theatre.
It didn't hurt that this was also a stellar year on the programming front. Sell-out shows for both internationally acclaimed productions and local talent. And lots of stuff to choose from. Musicals. Dance Productions. Solo shows. Spoken Word. Comedy. There was something for everyone. And everyone, it seems, wanted to see a show.
I spoke with a fellow Fringer at last night's Wrap Party who summed things up by saying maybe the budget cuts are a wake-up call that if we want to see high quality theatre in Victoria we're just going to have to support it a little more. And it seems that that's exactly what we're finally willing to do.
It's great to see so many people bring so many great shows to Victoria, but, to me, what's even more exciting is seeing Victorians support all our local talent. And that's not just at Fringe Fest anymore. From Atomic Vaudeville to the new Blue Bridge Theatre, from Phillips Comedy Night to Tongues of Fire, Victoria's theatre scene is alive and kicking.
Long may it run.
Note: In a gesture of generosity and solidarity the biggest local hit of this year's Fringe, "The War of 1812", will be holding one last performance Monday night. All proceeds will go to Intrepid Theatre, to help them put on next year's Fringe. 8pm @ Saint Anne's Academy- 835 Humboldt Street.