Fringe is coming

OK so it’s time for my annual stay-cation absorbing as much Fringe as I possibly can. I’ll be reviewing for Plank Magazine and while I await my assignments, I thought I’d browse through the program guide and make a list of 10 shows I definitely want to see.

I have my favorite genres. They may not be yours. But if a show shows up in two or more of my favorite genres, it usually makes it to my top 10 wanna-see-list. These are numbered for my convenience (and perhaps yours). It doesn’t mean anything else.

Poetic genre

  1. Another tip: When TimeOut London says it’s good, it’s probably very good indeed.
THE WOMEN OF LOCKERBIE
Lock and Key Theatre
Surrey, Canada
Playwright: Deborah Brevoort

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/the%20women%20of%20lockerbie/events

2. Electric Company’s 20th anniversary.

GREAT DAY FOR UP
Electric Company Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Jonathon Young

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/great%20day%20for%20up/events

 

3. On site Elegant Ladies Collective

I saw their Shakespeare piece – brilliant. And they donate ticket sales to charity. How sweet is that?

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/peripeteia/events

PERIPETEIA
The Elegant Ladies Collective
Vancouver, Canada

Genre: Intellectual

4. Local Fringe Hero Ryan Gladstone’s latest

WAR AND PEACE
Monster Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Ryan Gladstone

 

 

 

Here’s how to select the “weird” ones:  one of my favorite Fringe genres.

5. Space Hippo

If you’re new to Fringe and want a relatively safe bet (there are no 100% safe bets) go for the ones who paid a lot of money to get here. Typically (but not guaranteed) they have reason to believe they’ll sell enough tickets to at least break even. Also I love that the playwright’s last name is “Wishes.” A Fringe tip: “puppet” does not necessarily mean, bring the grandkids…

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/space%20hippo/events

SPACE HIPPO
The Wishes Mystical Puppet Company
Winnipeg, Canada
Playwright: Daniel Wishes

6. I saw Birdman last year and so I’m on for this one.

I FORGOT TO FLY TODAY — TRENT BAUMANN
downunderground
Gold Coast, Australia
Playwright: Trent Baumann

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/i%20forgot%20to%20fly%20today%20%E2%80%94%20trent%20baumann/events

 

All Ages suggestions

Fringe is pretty dominated by well fringey topics not so appropriate for the grandkids. But here are a few I can recommend.

7. Travis Bernhardt’s !Unpossible magic show got 4 thumbs up from Em and Luke!

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/charlatan!/events

 

Mary’s top picks

8. Tara Travis Fan Club Top Pick. This was one of my favorites a few years ago–turned me into a Tara Travis fan! If you haven’t seen it (and you like the “weird” category) go see it!

TIL DEATH: THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII
Monster Theatre
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Ryan Gladstone

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/til%20death-%20the%20six%20wives%20of%20henry%20viii/events

9. It’s so hard to leave the Island where everything is happening – and the Fringe Bar  – but I’ll try to get over too see more Suburban Motel!

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/suburban%20motel-%20featuring%20loretta/events

SUBURBAN MOTEL: FEATURING LORETTA
Punchback Projects
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: George F. Walker

10. Not in the weird category?

Not sure why this didn’t make the weird genre list. It sounds weird to me and in fact was the first one that caught my attention on the first online perusal of all the listings. Hope it’s weird enough for me.

THE ORBWEAVER
A dark and twisted folktale about a mildly farfetched, highly illegal immigration across metaphysical borders
Once Once Producciones
Mexico City, Mexico
Playwright: Paula Zelaya Cervantes

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/the%20orbweaver/events

 

The Fringe program guide is so well big! that I decided my pre-Fringe goal was to select 10, but I  hope to see more. And I don’t know why I didn’t manage to include Mind of a Snail in this initial top 10. Because they’re very, very good.

Here’s a more considered list of top ten.

Our picks this week: ten (plus ten) shows not to miss at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

I agree with seeing Martin Dockery – reliably excellent.

 

I’d love to hear your comments!

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