Til Death: The Six Wives of Henry VIII
Performance Dates 8,9,12,14,15 & 17 September, 2016 at the Rio Theatre
Playwright Ryan Gladstone
Performer Tara Travis
Tara Travis is one of the strongest actors in the Fringe Festival and has been performing at the fest for years. Her previous shows include Lavinia, Houdini’s Last Escape, The Unfortunate Ruth, and Best Picture (also currently playing). Tara and Monster Theatre generally have some of the best and funniest plays in the Fringe Festival. Til Death has Tara playing every wife and role and she does a masterful job. Her characterizations are specific and her physicality and vocalizations are excellent. Ryan Gladstone has written a hilarious script. This was one of my favourite shows in the 2012 Festival and it definitely deserves this remount. See it.
5-Step Guide to Being German
Created and Performed by Paco Erhard
5-Step Guide to Being German is a highly entertaining and humourous show that seeks to unify people. It succeeds in every way. Paco is a confident, affable performer with excellent improv and crowd work. He has been touring his show around the world since 2011 and it shows in the ease and polish of the material and of the performer. There were several Germans and Europeans in the audience and it added to the experience hearing their knowing reactions. The show is exceptionally funny and has a surprising amount of warmth and depth. Performance Works was almost sold out on the night I went; buy your tickets now.
Cry-Baby: The Musical
Awkward Stage Productions
Victor Hunter, Katrina Teitz, Daniel Curalli, Kelly-Ruth Mercier, Synthia Yusuf, Ali Watson, Krista Skwarok, Stephanie Wong, Charlotte Wright, Darren Dyhengco, Vuk Prodanovic, Max Borowski, Courtney Shields, Sidney Klips , Tosh Sutherland, Brownyn Williams and Nathan Cottell
Based on the John Waters film, Cry-Baby: The Musical focuses on Baltimore teenager Allison Vernon-Williams, who is drawn across the tracks from her 1954 finishing-school background into a relationship with the orphaned Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the leader of a pack of rebel outcasts. A Tony Award Nominated show by a Pick of the Fringe winning company.
Funny / Musical / 90 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content
Firehall Arts Centre
Awkward Stage Productions creates consistently strong musicals featuring large, young casts of emerging professionals. From their incredible and hilarious Titus to Trey Parker's Cannibal, Awkward Stage takes risks and their productions are often Picks of the Fringe. Cry-Baby features a witty script full of innuendo, 50's style music, and a tonne of fun and energy. There are some excellent performers in this cast, including a few from Titus, and some standout performances including Synthia Yusuf's spurned Lenora and Max Borowski in a number of roles. It's a very funny show and the live band makes the musical even better. The performance was almost sold out and I anticipate that the rest of the run will be as well; best to buy your tickets now. I highly recommend seeing anything Awkward Stage creates.
|SWORDPLAY: A PLAY OF SWORDS|
Created and performed by Sex T-Rex
Winner of the 2015 Just for Laughs Best Comedy Award.
Funny / 60 minutes / 14+
Friday, Sept 15 at 6:45pm
Sunday, Sept 17 at 1pm
False Creek Gym
Swordplay is a wonderfully fun and hilarious swashbuckling adventure. The pace and energy are terrific. This is theatre that even people that don't go to theatre can enjoy. As an added bonus, the show also features one half of Peter 'n' Chris (two of the best writers and performers I have ever seen). The writing and performances in this show are also fantastically creative, imaginative, and very amusing. From Toronto, I hope the company comes back to Vancouver often. Grab some friends and get your tickets now before it sells out. This is one of the best comedies in this year's Fringe. Highly recommended!