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.

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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…”

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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