2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival Preview, Coming Sept 10-20

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The Wonderheads, performing at the Fringe Opening Night Party on Sept. 8. Image sourced from vancouverfringe.com

Which Vancouver theatre festival highlights dating disasters, meth labs, sea-monkeys, sexy clowns, circuses, a dead grandma and more?

The Vancouver Fringe Festival, of course. Fringe is back for its 21st annual instalment, Sept. 10-Sept. 20, and packed with more weirdness, brilliance and unfettered creativity than ever. This year’s festival features more than 100 different acts, many literally drawn from a hat, performed over the course of 11 days on Granville Island. More than 40,000 theatregoers are expected to turn out for the unique event, which gives all types of artists – from novices to veterans – a chance to try out groundbreaking new works. Continue reading:
2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival Preview, Coming Sept 10-20

Six Vancouver Fringe Festival picks

Cameron Brown cast Minsky Rosebuds

Minsky’s Rosebuds in Gypsy Rose Lee at Minsky’s Burlesque, part of this year’s Fringe Festival. Photo credit: Cameron Brown.

Feeling overwhelmed by the more than 80 productions at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival? Fear not, true believers!

We were hard at work over the weekend (and opening night, Sept. 5) seeing some of the best this year’s #1 theatre festival, on until Sept. 15, has to offer. Three of the following shows have been vetted for quality by yours truly, while the other two have good buzz. Even better – all are local productions, so you’ll see some great homegrown talent!

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Six Vancouver Fringe Festival picks

Weirdest Theatre Festival in Vancouver: The Fringe Sept 8-18

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What would happen if a theatre festival allowed anyone – from unknown amateurs to established pros –to perform?  That’s exactly the question that Vancouver’s oddest Thespian happening, the annual Fringe Festival, seeks to answer.

Over the course of the 11-day festival, 89 different troupes will deliver more than 700 individual performances.  Offerings, which are staged at seven main venues scattered around the waterfront Granville Island neighborhood, range from more-or-less conventional plays to innovative pieces that explore questions of gender and sexuality to alternative works that push the limits of bizarre.

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Weirdest Theatre Festival in Vancouver: The Fringe Sept 8-18

Weird Stuff at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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The annual foray into the absurd which is the Vancouver Fringe Festival is currently underway, running from Sept. 9-19 at venues on Granville Island and throughout the city.

The Festival highlights alternative and non-mainstream theatre performances.  The 80 eclectic productions featured at this year’s event were largely chosen at random.  Participants submitted ideas and organizers picked the winners out of a hat.  That ensures that many, many extreme and unusual performances get exposure – the kind of stuff you rarely see in a more traditional theatre environment.

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Weird Stuff at the Vancouver Fringe Festival