Whenever I go to a one man show I am always a bit worried. In my opinion the play and the act has to be exceptional in order for one man to keep your attention throughout. This was not a problem for Brent Hirose acting as Alex in Sea Wall.
Alex tells you the story of his life and love for his wife and daughter. He talks about love for his wife in such a romantic and beautiful way that leaves you admiring such a relationship. He describes his most profound feeling for their daughter, making you see what it means to be...
Even though the subtitle is actually, “A dark and twisted folktale about a mildly farfetched, highly illegal immigration across metaphysical borders,” I hereby proclaim it as: “Endearingly charming. Mostly magically sweet.” Once Once Producciones based in Mexico City have put together this world premiere and it's one to catch if you can. An aside: “once” in Spanish means eleven.
If you forget the dark and twisted part for a moment, it really is still a story of boy meets girl and the extents that young people will go to in order to be with the one they have fallen...
I like travelling. I like storytelling. I also like music. So I expected Daniel Morton’s play, The Traveller, would be just my cup of tea. Regrettably, it was not.
The stage felt cluttered and cramped, restricting actor-musician Max Kashetsky’s movements in this one-man show. The script repeatedly promised deeper meaning – some striking message that would turn my idea of life and travel on its head – but I’m sorry to admit the only message I got out of the experience was simple and cliché: death reaffirms life. Either I really missed something or the play’s script is too inarticulate to express...
Peter and Chris: Here Lies Chris is a 60 minute sketch comedy show performed by the Fringe-famous Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson at Pacific Theatre.
I went into this show with very high expectations for these guys. They often feel like the flagship comedy show of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, and I’ve heard fans toot about how great they are. The amount of awards they have won is impressive.
When I write a review for the Fringe, I like to go in cold. I try to know as little as possible about the work I am about to see. I like to be surprised when the actor or actors walk on stage (or run) and start to tell me the story. I love that moment when you don't know what it about to happen and, as the performance unfolds, you get a sense that you have missed out on something. That happened to me when the Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Project started.
Out Innerspace Dance offered by far the most dynamic interpretation of the love, sex, and death themes that were the subject of the VIDF's free performances this year. David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen have a powerful rapport, and their vocabulary is intricate, intimate, and refined. The performance lived up to the company name, in that movements implied a physical and an emotional space simultaneously.
When I was growing up, my first experience with death was the death of Heidi, my guinea pig. She was killed by my lop-eared rabbit, Brownie. Of course, this wasn't a planned "hit" or anything. When we were home, we let them wander around the house and they always got along. They even ignored each other. What I gathered from my mother was she had startled Brownie and the rabbit jumped up on top of Heidi's cage.