2009

With lots of shows left to see and so few to see them in, I knew that I had to catch this acclaimed sketch-com act from Montreal.  You’ve only got one more show to do it - and I’d suggest you put it on your Sunday “to do” list.

The troupe is made up of several members but only two made the trek to Victoria.  What they have brought is a tightly-knit, well-crafted story that is as cerebral as they come when it comes to sketch comedy.  They proudly mentioned their improv background at the Fringe Club the night...

Uncalled For....

In the style of High School Musical, Back to the 80’s is a same-old-same-old story about an average guy after a cool girl – the exception being that it’s chockfull of pop culture references custom made to fit a playlist of hit songs from the 80’s. If you were around for the side-ponytail, the oh-so-trendy aviator shades, the neon, you’ll enjoy the nostalgia, probably sway in your seat and clap your hands.

If you weren’t around quite yet, you’ll probably go home in a ready-to-download frenzy. While the play relies on easy laughs and a campy plot, it...

Back to the 80's

Victoria: When Missie Peters randomly pulled the Queen of Clubs out of a box, she declared, “sometimes ya gotta take a gamble.”  This is exactly what Dave Morris and Peters did when they chose to put on a night of improvised spoken word.

While I am a fan of spoken word and of improvisation, the two just didn’t pull together in the 50-minute performance, SpeakEasy - Nouns are People Too. Good try, but drawing nouns out of a box didn’t seem to inspire the poetry out of you. Understandably, it would be hard to make something random sound poetic...

SpeakEasy

Wagabondi Ho!

Company: 
Upintheair Theatre
Duration: 
15 minutes
Venue: 
A van outside performance works
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YOu never know what you're gonna get and neither do we!Every 30 minutes, a fresh 4 person audience decides where Wagabondi Ho! will take them. After being invited into our magical van for a cup of tea, audience members compete for the right to choose from a menu of true tales for presentation.

The fluid nature of Wagabondi Ho! makes it possible to see a new show again and again. A unique. site-specific  performance tailored to each audience of four people; its a new show every 30 minutes. Developed over the summer of 2009 the piece is directed by Eric Rhys Miller and performed by UITA Artistic Directors Daniel Martin and Dave Mott.

An ambitious theatrical challenge, Wagabondi Ho! blends traditional theatrical forms, site-specific performance, audience engagement, and the general randomness of life to weave an evolving Fringe tale.

Wagabondi Ho! is performed for 4 audience members in a green and white 1973 Dodge X-Plorer Van parked outside Performance Works - 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville island.

SHOW DATES AND TIMES:

Opening Night: Thursday September 10 @ 7 pm

Show Run: Wednesday - Sunday September 10 - 20 @ 5 pm - 10 pm

Every 30 Minutes Daily.

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Victoria: Jonno Katz is no stranger to Victoria Fringe-goers.  This packed house further drove that point home - but not as much as this stellar performance. Katz has been able to strike an even balance between the physical and comedic before, and he does so again with tremendous results with The Accident

Delivering one of the most fluid performances I’ve seen, Katz tells the story of “abandoned” brothers Sebastian and Roy, the former of which is a tad insecure and the latter is as overbearing as they come.  Add to the mix Roy’s beleaguered girlfriend Emily, and there’s...

The Accident

In slacks, shoes, shirt and beret all black, with guitar in lap, Colin Goubout passably looks the part of a gypsy minstrel, posing for Picasso in '30s Paris perhaps. Plus his playing is blazing good, shot through with passion and very brave, taking on as he does the music (and thumbnail bio) of jazz great Django Reinhardt.

Goubout, however, is so painfully self-conscious and uncomfortable with his audience that he comes off as a bit of an awkward duck in a theatre festival. He has no charisma. No stage presence. No fun.

Two swing dancers, David and...

Looking the part

Plunge straight into this 60-minute, fast paced one-woman show, where a librarian accidentally turns to the adult video industry to find herself. This production of Chris Craddock’s pornStar takes you into the heads of four women, all masterfully characterized by Anne Wyman.  Esther is a librarian who is nominated for a prize for her role in an adult video that her ex-boyfriend filmed without her knowing; she then heads to Toronto to claim the award where she meets Clarice, a loud-mouthed sex columnist, whom Esther then falls in love with, becoming a headlining lesbian porn star—to her Christian politician mother’s...

Sometimes the CN Tower is just a tower.

I always wondered what it would be like to just forget school, forget social pressures, and forget thinking for a while. And guess what? Just the other night, I learned that the positives of this lack of knowledge are taught perfectly in The Power of Ignorance by Vaguen. (Vaaagggguen. Vaguen. Vaaguen. Vagueeen.) Vaguen teaches us the Ig mantra ("duh"), hypnotism and skills in learning people’s names. He teaches us that it is actually good to un-learn everything you know—because hey, what you don’t know can’t hurt you.

Chris Gibbs works his ridiculing magic, teaching his audiences that unleashing...

Chris Gibbs

Jonno Katz brings us this 60-minute movement piece about the relationship between two brothers: Sebastian, the kind-hearted younger one, and Roy, the greedy older one. At first, the brother dynamic was touching and potentially worked well—like in the moments at the beginning when Roy stood up for Sebastian. There were also a couple of fresh ideas thrown into the clichéd storyline; for example, “The Shit Machine” (which you would have to see to understand), and a poignant moment that seemed to show an inner-aging process that was very well done.

Other than that, however, I wish that Katz had...

Cool moves from Mr Katz

Victoria: Adapted from the bestselling novel, Tuesdays with Morrie is the true story of Mitch Albom and the lessons he learns from his university professor, Morrie Schwartz or “Coach.” 40 years after he has left school, Mitch learns of his coach’s fatal illness and returns to his side every Tuesday to listen to his final lectures.

While the premise is gloomy, this is perhaps one of the most uplifting shows I’ve seen at the Fringe so far. Yes, it is a drama, and yes, it is 90 minutes long—but these actors are so in their characters that you’ll walk out...

no picture of morrie...

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