Crazy (in a good way) sexy (sort of) cool (maybe)—what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Beaver Dreams

Beavers are funny. People pretending to be beavers is even funnier. Hence, Beaver Dreams, coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

How do you choose? That, along with, Is there parking?, is among the chief concerns accompanying the announcement of each new Fringe Festival. This year, the Vancouver Fringe Festival (Sept. 7-17) presents 100 different productions at various locations (mostly on Granville Island and in East Vancouver), and they range from one-person monologues about Trump to full-cast musical comedies about Trump. (Just kidding. Only a few of this year’s entries cover the current sitting president.)

So, to help the Fringe-goer decide, we’ve gone through the just-published schedule and broken down some of the selections into four categories: Sure Things; Intriguing. But…; Sexy… (Or Maybe Just About Sex in That Really Uncomfortable Fringe Way); and WTF.

This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive, and only includes about a quarter of the shows. (We also haven’t included any of the ancillary entertainment, from live music to Fringe-related shows before and after; perhaps in a future post. For a complete schedule, visit vancouverfringe.com.) But hopefully this guide will help to start you planning your Fringe-going.

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Crazy (in a good way) sexy (sort of) cool (maybe)—what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Best of the Fringe Fest announced!

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Cheyenne Mabberley and Katey Hoffman star in The After After Party.

Each year, the Fringe Festival holds over a few of the more than 100 shows featured during the event. This year’s selections for Pick of the Fringe were announced over the weekend. From Sept. 21-25, theatregoers will have a second kick at the can when these six productions come back for one more show at Performance Works (1218 Cartwright St.) on Granville Island. Tickets are $25 online (see below for link) or, if they don’t sell out, at the door.

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What to see at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival pt. 2

A comedic look at Portuguese culture, Festa is part of this year's Fringe Festival.

A comedic look at Portuguese culture, Festa is part of this year’s Fringe Festival.

With the Fringe Festival officially kicking off Thursday (Sept. 8), we’re presenting one more post of highlights. There are over 100 shows to choose from in the annual theatre festival, which runs the gamut from full-on musical productions to one-person monologues, from drama to comedy to dance. You can see our other post of Fringe picks here.

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What to see at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival pt. 2

Tea becomes them – the return of British duo James and Jamesy

James&Jamesy

A consistent favourite with audiences at the Fringe Festival, James & Jamesy are coming back to Vancouver.

James & Jamesy in High Tea, which begins May 18, is the second show from the award-winning British duo. It follows their 2012 debut 2 for Tea. Between the two, the shows have been performed 175 times in 13 Canadian cities to more than 15,000 audience members, children and adults alike. The shows have been described as “Monty Python meets Dr. Seuss.”

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Pick of the Fringe 2014 announced

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year's Picks of the Fringe.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul is one of this year’s Picks of the Fringe.

Sorry you missed this year’s Fringe Festival? Or just didn’t get enough of one of Vancouver’s premiere theatre events? Not to worry, friends. As in years past, some of the best of the many plays, playlets, musicals and assorted other theatrical productions from this year’s Fringe will have another kick at the can. The Public Market Pick of the Fringe runs at Performance Works (1412 Cartwright St. on Granville Island) from Sept. 17-21. Here’s what’s coming back (based on box-office popularity).

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5 Can’t-Miss Shows at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival

8799490Vancouver’s weirdest theatre fest of the year is back.

The 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival brings nearly 100 off-beat and experimental theatre acts to Granville Island, Sept. 4-Sept. 14.  Over the course of 11 days of over-the-top thespian excitement, they’ll stage more than 700 performances in venues ranging from traditional theatres to cafes and even “site-specific” places, which in the past have included fire escapes and bicycles.

First held back in 1985, the Fringe has grown into one of the city’s largest theatre festivals, drawing more than 30,000 attendees every year. Its unique format (many acts are drawn at random, literally from a hat) gives all artists, from novices to veteran actors, a chance to participate, while bringing new, adventurous and often hilarious theatre to audiences. The price is right, too: All regular-priced tickets are $14.

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One Man Lord of the Rings this weekend!

Charlie Ross

Charlie Ross stars in One Man Lord of the Rings starting tonight (Feb. 6) and running until Feb. 9 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island. Photo courtesy onemanlotr.com.

Yes, Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is beloved by millions of fantasy movie fans all over the world. But surely even some of them must have thought, at one point, “If only someone would come along and distill this nine-hour-plus epic into about sixty minutes, with an intermission.”

Well you won’t get your intermission but you will get a version of the trilogy packed into 60 minutes in Charlie Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings.

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