FanFuckingFRINGE-Tastic: What I’ve Seen So Far

Wow, it seems like yesterday that it was only day 1 of the Fringe.  And only the day before that it was just gearing up.  Already it’s day 6, which means we’re more than half way done.  Ok, not going to think about that or i’ll be too sad to enjoy “Dr. Horrible – Sing Along Blog” tonite at the Firehall.

So what have i seen so far and should you try to see them too?  Goddamn it is so subjective.  What my *Frunk friend Carrie gave a “meh” to i saw last night and gave a “meh….GNIFICINT!” to.  So who knows.  Take my word for it.  Don’t.  Come see me at the Fringe Club to discuss.  Ok?

House

I saw Jon do this one man show at the Fringe Club a few years ago and was smitten.  The show is weird and dark, which i love.  Jon is pitch perfect in the role, which i love…of course.  The atmosphere was especially Fringey as it was an impromptu, packed to the rafters event which happened….in the dark.  Yup, all the lights went out and we watched by candle and flashlight…light**  So I had high expectation-memories going in, and they were met with open arms and a lick on the cheek (this is me refrencing the weirdness of the show yo).  My “plus 1” for the night also really enjoyed the show and he had no fond Frigey memories to scew his enjoyment levels.  So, if you are a fan of high energy, oddball monologues with cool lighting and a moment where you think a prop could malfunction and you could walk away with a head injury….and why wouldn’t you….then PLEASE GO SEE THIS SHOW!

Showtimes:

Sep 15 – 9:00 PM

Sep 16 – 7:15 PM
Sep 18 – 5:45 PM

Grab a quick drink at the Havana bar and then go see…

What You Want

Andrew Templeton wrote Biographies of the Dead and Dying last year, which was one of my fave’s of the fest.  Andrew also wrote What You Want, and what he want’s is for you to know it.  Interesting perspective, witty dialog, and a stellar cast make this a must see.  Ignore the lame picture of a duck, the show is much more interesting.

Showtimes:

Sep 16 – 9:15 PM
Sep 17 – 10:00 PM
Sep 18 – 9:30 PM

Next run, drive, bike back to Granville Island for…

Every Job I’ve Ever Had

Ever thought your life was funny enough and interesting enough to create a Power Point presentation about it and tour it across Canada, charging complete strangers money to come hear about it?  No?  Good.  But I am glad Barry did, still does, and really is that funny and interesting.  Seriously, Barry is just freaking hilarious.  I have seen all of his shows except one and am a Barry Groupie for sure.  Go See Barry and learn everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about Every Job He’s Ever Had (there have been a lot).

Showtimes

Sept 15 – 830pm

Sept 16 – 5pm

Sept 19 – 935pm

Ok, i was trying to do this in order of when i saw what but all the wine*** between shows is making it all fuzzy.  So, in no particular order (except in the particular order that they are mentioned in Fringe Guide) –

7(X1) Samurai

Ok, so i had gotten very little sleep the night before, and the theater was so dark and warm….and yeah, i pretty much slept through the whole thing.  SORRY!  What i can say is that the rest of the well rested audience was eating this shit up and dying of laughter.  Pretty good for a mime, i’d say.

Showtimes

Sep 15 – 6:45 PM
Sep 16 – 8:55 PM
Sep 18 – 7:45 PM

Poison The Well

Wow.  I didn’t understand everything that was going on but i think i understood enough.  I am used to seeing Andew Conner as part of Cody Rivers and so to see him in such a serious role was odd.  But his writing was amazing and Elison as Maya simply blew me away (and not just because of her hair, but damn does she have cute hair).  I think that the end could have been tightened up and some of the symbolism was lost on me (and i wasn’t even hammered.  Yet).  Also good to know…fellow Frunk Siobhan shed a tear.

Showtimes

Sep 13 – 5:00 PM
Sep 15 – 7:45 PM
Sep 18 – 9:45 PM
Sep 19 – 5:00 PM

Misadventures of a Massage Therapist

So, by now you are thinking “can we trust these so called reviews?!?!  She seems to like everything!!!  She said she wasn’t hammered during Poison the Well (good thing, that would have been highly inappropriate) but can we believe her?”  Well i haven’t liked everything.  Case in point.  Sorry Jason but i just didn’t think your stories were funny enough.  I thought they were ok, and stories – if happened to me – i would tell my friends….but Fringe show worthy?  Not so much.  At least in my opinion.  That being said, Jason seemed like a fun guy to hang with so maybe i’ll see if i can buy him a drink at the Fringe Club later.  Then i’ll do something so hilarious he’ll already have better material for next year.

When Harry Met Harry

I saw this show on the same day i saw 7(X1) Samurai and couldn’t keep my eyes open.  Before attending this production i pounded a coffee (no boozy rockstars around) and felt mildly better going in.  So, what did i think?  I don’t know.  The “story” was kind of interesting.  The characters were kind of interesting.  It was ok.  That’s all i have to say.  Go see it for yourself and then come find me at the Club to tell me what you thought.

Showtimes

Sep 14 – 5:00 PM
Sep 17 – 10:00 PM
Sep 18 – 1:35 PM
Sep 19 – 6:15 PM

Things That Never Happen

Jenn and i saw the massage therapist one on Jenn’s Fringe Choice Night – and so she needed to redeem herself.  AND SHE SO DID!  What a pick JennyFoo!  Travis the magician is funny, engaging, accomplished with slight of hand and suggestion, and….shhhhh…..REALLY, ACTUALLY, MAGIC!  How the eff else could he do what he does!??!?  Go see this show now.  And sit in the front row.  Or we’re not friends any more.  Not even Facebook friends.  That’s harsh i know but i am doing it for your own good.  Like when The Henderson’s told Harry they no longer loved him.

Showtimes

Sep 13 – 9:00 PM
Sep 15 – 9:00 PM
Sep 17 – 7:30 PM
Sep 18 – 5:15 PM
Sep 19 – 4:50 PM

Die Roten Punkte: Kunst Rock (Art Rock)

OMG.  Seriously…seriously?!?!!!  Astrid and Otto are Muther Effing HILARIOUS and also pretty terrific  song writers to boot.  You will laugh so hard you’ll cry.  Unless you’re lame and that’s not my problem.  BananaHaus.

Showtimes

Sep 14 – 9:40 PM
Sep 17 – 5:00 PM
Sep 18 – 3:30 PM
Sep 19 – 3:55 PM

Moving Along

The only show so far that i have given a standing O to (not as thrilling as a lying down O…hehehe) because it was simply amazing.  Similar writing style to House (fast and seemingly disjointed), played out by a brilliant performer (Chris Craddock)

Showtimes

Sep 13 – 10:25 PM
Sep 15 – 5:05 PM
Sep 17 – 8:35 PM
Sep 18 – 1:40 PM

Freud Vs His Ego

Do you like smart, funny, fast paced, physical theater?  Do you think Ryan Gadstone is a super cutie who you cannot get enough of?  Do you simply adore Monster Theater?  If you said “Yes!” you have already been to see this show, or you are planning on going.  If you said “i dont know!”  then go see the show and your new answers will be yes.  If you said “No” then fuck off.

Showtimes

Sep 14 – 9:45 PM
Sep 17 – 5:00 PM
Sep 18 – 3:30 PM

Jem Rolls: One Man Riot

Performance poetry.  Pretty damn good performance poetry.  If you haven’t seen Jem Rolls you should. If you like being yelled at by a tall, funny, British guy then Jem will be…..a Gem. Oh hardy har har i am so effing funny.

Showtimes

Sep 15 – 6:45 PM
Sep 16 – 8:45 PM
Sep 18 – 7:40 P

Escape Artists II

Weird story, but short, well performed, and on a fire escape.  Which you, yes you…the audience get to walk up and down.  Check it.

Showtimes

Sep 13 – 5:15 PM
Sep 14 – 5:15 PM
Sep 15 – 6:15 PM
Sep 16 – 6:15 PM
Sep 17 – 6:15 PM
Sep 18 – 1:00 PM
Sep 18 – 3:00 PM
Sep 18 – 5:00 PM
Sep 19 – 12:00 PM
Sep 19 – 2:00 PM
Sep 19 – 4:00 PM
Sep 19 – 6:00 PM

The Lover

Well, i have to see more Harold Pinter.  Crazy and awesome.  Blue Velvet-esque.  Performed vividly by the 2 person cast…in someone’s apartment!  That’s right kids…in true Fringe fashion when you see this show you meet at Max’s Deli on Oak St and then are escorted into a 1 bedroom nearby.  Here you sit in the living room and watch the crazy unfold.  I was slightly distracted by the woredrobe….but not by the milk jug humping.  I’m weird like that.

Showtimes

Sep 16 – 7:00 PM
Sep 17 – 7:00 PM
Sep 17 – 9:00 PM
Sep 18 – 7:00 PM
Sep 18 – 9:00 PM

WHOA.  Ok….epic post.  Still in pajama’s.  Need to get ready to head over to the Firehall. See you soon (if not sooner, at the Fringe Club).

*Frunk is a word that if you know what it means you know what it means.  If not don’t worry about it.  Frunks are awesome.

**That would have been easier to type, read, say in a British blog.  It would have said “….by candle and torch light”

***Yes, wine.  As i cannot drink regular beer (muther effing gluten goddammitt) i have been drinking wine.  😛

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vanchick
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 22:20:12

    Sorry about the crap formatting and some of the links not working….have to run but will fix ASAP!

    Reply

  2. bonnie
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 22:27:33

    you make me effing proud to be your earth-mother !

    Reply

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