Introspection at the Fringe: “Braced”

I chose to see the show Braced, written and performed by Rebecca Steele because I, too, am “braced”. I wear an AFO, ankle foot orthotic, as a result of permanent damage to my sciatic nerve to my right foot from a herniated disc. And I, too, wrote a play, which I took to the Regina and Edmonton Fringes, based on my story called Dusty Shoes.

But.. this isn’t about me. Although, my reaction to Steele’s play comes from my sensitive perspective and I can appreciate, maybe a little more than the average person, what she went through wearing a brace for her scoliosis.braced1

High school and adolescence are challenging enough in the normal sense but throw in a back brace, one that has to be worn for over a year, and your plate is anxiously full. My own medical challenges came later in life, however, still had its own impact.

Each performance… Continue reading “Introspection at the Fringe: “Braced””

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Fringe addicted! “Geek Life & Underneath The Lintel”

Putting these two Fringe plays in the same article seems odd. I know. But, if you’ve seen both you will understand.

I accidently saw Geek Life last week, and was pleasantly surprised at Aji (“Ahh gee”) Slater’s warm presence, and deceivably profound autobiographical story. Love, choosing an unorthodox career route, and embracing his geekiness.

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According to Slater, being a Geek just means you are obsessively passionate about something. He even asked if… Continue reading “Fringe addicted! “Geek Life & Underneath The Lintel””

Fringing last week… My High Heeled Life & La Cravate Bleue…

Heels and ties… hmm… two items we wear that identify a higher status position in life. Heels, literally, boost us up, giving us more confidence (to some) and ties present a symbol of professionalism, giving an air of trust (mostly).

La Cravate Bleue (the blue tie) is a French play written and performed by Jean-Francois Plante-Tan from Montreal. With his first time Fringe play, Plante-Tan explores the age old dilemma of choosing the risky arts over a secure day job. He does this through song, some dance, and lots of enthusiasm. Bien sur, the blue tie represents the corporate world where his frustration mounts, until he does something else. cravate1

Most of us, especially in the theatre world, can relate. Continue reading “Fringing last week… My High Heeled Life & La Cravate Bleue…”

Still time to Fringe… Bursting Into Flames!

I’m surprised Martin Dockery didn’t burst into flames after his fiery performance of Bursting Into Flames. I know, probably too obvious. But… there. I said it. Fiery. This actor, writer, poet is a tour de force. From what force he comes, I know not what. The second Dockery arrives on stage, you should have your seat belt already buckled up because the ride has launched. You’ll be tossed around, if not.

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We start off in heaven where… Continue reading “Still time to Fringe… Bursting Into Flames!”

Ongoing Fringe news… Fools For Love

Loneliness, unrequited love, friendship, shared adventures, searching want ads for a partner, innocence and unexpected answers are some of the themes played out in this red-nosed clown escapade, Fools For Love directed by Jan Henderson, at the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

Two neighboring clowns share their quest for love as they both hunt the personal ads in newspapers. Sometimes in the wrong section. “Looking for someone who can do heavy lifting!” says the enthusiastic Rocket, played by Adam Keefe. “That’s jobs!” returns the more pragmatic Sheshells, played by Christine Lesiak. They pause in the obituaries and pets before they return to the disappointing want ads. “No clowns!”

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More Fringing: “In The Boudoir” & “The Last Show You’ll Ever See”…

 #VanFringe: The Last Show You’ll Ever See & In the Boudoir

Two Vancouver Fringe shows with clownesque flavours, The Last You’ll Ever See and In the Boudoir, both feature one woman on mission.

Sarah Liane Foster of The Last Show You’ll Ever See dives into the philosophical discussion of beginnings, and more importantly, endings. And, buttons. Not the buttons on your clothes but the buttons you can push to stop or begin something. What buttons do you push in your day?… The last show you'll ever see Continue reading “More Fringing: “In The Boudoir” & “The Last Show You’ll Ever See”…”

Vancouver Fringe Festival…”You Killed Hamlet”

It’s Fringe time in Vancouver! Lucky moi am seeing a few shows and writing about a few. NOT critiquing per se, just creating conversation! The below post will also be found on Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance shortly.

#VanFringe: “You Killed Hamlet”

CRASSTASTIC! After watching You Killed Hamlet for my second time (first at Edmonton Fringe), I leaned over and asked the laughing couple sitting beside me which word would express what they just witnessed. She said, “crasstastic” and he, “original”. “May I quote you?” I asked. “YES!”

“You Killed Hamlet” by the Naked Empire Bouffon Company from San Francisco boldly, blatantly, boisterously (all the b’s to honour the B in Bouffon) mirror our cracked attitudes toward death, dying and aging. It is not for the faint of heart. Bouffons-e1367516225686-640x250

“The court is now in session! Humanity vs Death.” Prozac? That should… Continue reading “Vancouver Fringe Festival…”You Killed Hamlet””