The Vancouver International Fringe Festival ended this past weekend, and after tallying up the votes, the shows that won ‘Pick of the Fringe’ were…
Dr. Horrible: Sing-Along Blog
Freud vs. His Ego
So I’m glad to say we watched one of the Picks, but unfortunately didn’t decide to go watch any of the others. Anyways, now that the Picks have been well, picked, they’ll be showing them at the Waterfront Theatre from the 23rd to the 26th of September. Tickets are now $20 each, and you can get them here if you’re interested.
Also, here are some of the other shows we managed to go and watch…
A Brief History in Romantic Love
My rating: 7.5 out of 10
Not really living up to its title, this show provides a bit of a twist. Instead of explaining the history of romantic love, they instead tell a story of a hopeless romantic who was put under the spell of a witch back in the day. As a result, he ends up letting his true love get away. The acting was really good, although there were moments where my attention kinda drifted away thanks to the lack of story progression. Definitely not the worst show we watched at the Fringe, but far from the best.
Peter ‘n’ Chris Save the World!
My rating: 9.5 out of 10
This was definitely my favourite show from this year’s Fringe. It’s about 2 guys that feel their lives (and their relationship with each other) are getting bland. So Peter decides he wants to go back to school, but thanks to the help of Chris and an infomercial starring Sarah McLachlan, they decide to save the world …by learning about the advantages of composting. It’s a weird storyline but they have a lot of fun along the way. I particularly loved the chase scenes, and the misuse of the word ‘mate’.
These guys were here last year too, and I’m really hoping they’re back next year as well.
My rating: 1 out of 10
Easily my least favourite part of the Fringe. Morgan Brayton is the star, and performs a bunch of different short stories, from a stoned valedictorian to a little girl seeing the ice cream man outside and her mom not really giving a crap. It was this show that made me realize that I can’t appreciate every kind of humour there is out there. I thought I could, but now I know I can’t. A bunch of 50-something year-olds were laughing their heads off to this show, but I found myself being unable to even fake a laugh. Not my kind of humour, but I gave it a 1 out of 10 because Morgan gave it her all and that’s something you can’t disrespect. As for the material itself, just not my cup of tea.
When Harry Met Harry
My rating: 8.5 out of 10
Another 1-man show performed really well. Harry is a dude that does the same boring routine every morning and realizes that his life begins to suffer as a result. His love life goes downhill and eventually, so does his professional life. He then starts to have the same recurring dream over and over. A really simple story that I found to be unexpectedly entertaining.
Seen any of these shows? Disagree with my thoughts on the shows? Let us know!
Next time you go down to Seattle, check out Southcenter (yeah, American spelling) Mall! Jollibee opened on the 16th of September. From the I-5, that’s exit 154B then just follow the signs!
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You may even bump into the dancing Bee! :)
Trying to figure out what to do this weekend? It actually happens to be the last weekend of the Vancouver Fringe Festival, in and around Granville Island. So if you’re at all interested in live theatre, go check it out!
Here’s what we’ve gone and checked out so far:
My rating: 9 out of 10
Possibly the “Pick of the Fringe,” this is a one man show of a dude playing a hopeless Samurai-wannabe who wants to be his town’s protector but is too poor to pay for Samurai classes. He stumbles upon a Samurai who after much deliberation decides to take him under his wing. It’s a comedy/drama that’s about 60 mins long.
Every Job I’ve Ever Had
My rating: 8 out of 10
Barry Smith pretty much tells his life story and how he got to where he is today. He’s gotten through life without ever having to write a resume, so you can pretty much imagine where his life has taken him. He’s a pretty funny dude, and all the pics and videos he brought with him are real and undoctored. It’s an uplifting and kinda inspiring comedy that goes for about 50 mins.
One Man Show
My rating: 7 out of 10
A really random show that doesn’t seem like it has a real script. A guy starts to perform his one man show but another dude shows up saying the same stuff. Turns out they both were given the same script and the show turns into an audition, bending the conventional boundaries of ordinary live theatre. A comedy that goes about 60 mins.
Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog
My rating: 8.5 out of 10
I gotta say I was most excited for this one.
Based on the DVD short movie starring Neil Patrick Harris and Howard Wollowitz from the Big Bang Theory, the live theatre version stays completely true to its DVD version. Dr. Horrible, who is trying to earn a seat with the Evil League of Evil does a bunch of horrible things to get the attention of the ELE’s leader, Bad Horse. While doing so, turns out he has a soft spot for Penny, a girl he’s too afraid to even introduce himself to. When he finally does, he inadvertently introduces her to his nemesis, Captain Hammer. Chaos and hilarity then ensues. Its a comedy / musical that’s also about 60 mins. long.
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