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Victoria Fringe 2015 Wishlist

In Uncategorized on August 24, 2015 at 8:14 am

With less than a week to go as I write this, the Victoria Fringe Festival is getting set to rock out in BC, as the mighty Fringe circuit begins drawing to a sad close for another year. As with each and every Fringe, I wish I was gonna be there, but plenty of other great folks will be there instead. Here’s a short list of what i personally think they HAVE to see, should see, and then some other stuff I just wish I could see myself (in some cases, see again)…

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The Honeymoon Period is Officially Over from Gemma Wilcox. Gemma is one of my fav’rit forces in Fringe theatre, and this is the show that kicked off her solo trilogy, followed up by the amazing Shadows in Bloom and Magical Mystery Detour. Fingers still crossed this show will make it to Ottawa one of these tours, but in the meantime, everyone in Victoria, see this one for me and give Gemma a big hug afterwords!

DelconEntertainment_pressphoto3_Fringe2014God is a Scottish Drag Queen II from Mike Delamont. Just buy your advance tickets now before it sells out, because it will sell out. And you want in on the funny. Caught it in Montreal last year, and he’s earned every bit of the hype.

Gametes and Gonads (2)Sperm Wars from Random Samples Collective. Jeff Leard is a hilarious and viciously good solo performer, and this epic space opera about conception (that I saw back when it was called Gametes and Gonads) is a brilliantly innovative showcase for his talents. He’s also doing some shows for the Family Fringe portion of the Festival, and y’all should probably see that too.

shoshinzkapaKiss Around Pass Around from Shoshinz. I saw Shoshinz in Ottawa years ago with her wonderful Miss Hiccup, and am still kicking myself that I haven’t been able to catch this new show of hers. A gifted clown and performer, this show has been getting raves across the country, so don’t miss this opportunity to see a singular talent in all her glory!

icarusIcarus Dancing from Rob Gee. I have no idea what this show is about, but it’s ROB GEE so I don’t care. Whatever Rob Gee does, go see him do that thing.

fb-banner-canada-2015-ellaTrampoline from Weeping Spoon. Shane Adamczak is back to dude up the Victoria Fringe, and he’s brought some of his super-friends with him for this new show that I still hate myself with a passion for not having seen yet. I hate YOU for being able to see it before me! Mouse, if you’re reading this, see this show, then find Shane and make him hang out with you for the entire Fringe. Trust me.

photo by Lynne Fried

photo by Lynne Fried

Uncouth from Windy Wynazz. Off the wall charming, talented in wonderfully unexpected directions, you simply are not expecting what Windy Wynazz has brought for you. A clown cornucopia with a most delightful and whimsical hostess to guide you through her wacky, musical world.

bigworkperformancepoetry_photo3_Fringe2014The Inventor of All Things from Big Word Performance Poetry. Fringe legend Jem Rolls turns his signature rapid-fire wordplay to historical biography and creates something genuinely unmissable. Come learn all about the most brilliant man you’ve never heard of!

photo by Gabe Toth

photo by Gabe Toth

The Untitled Sam Mullins Project from Sam S.Mullins. Solo storytelling at its earnest and awkward best, as Mullins reveals his truths in a touching, hilarious and inspiring hour you will almost certainly be raving to your friends about afterwards.

Wanderlust (1)The Exclusion Zone from Martin Dockery. How many Fringe legends you GOT, Victoria? Dockery brings his winning and high-energy storytelling ways to Chernobyl for what is likely another amazing tale and performance, if it follows in the killer tradition of shows like Wanderlust and The Surprise.

And this is only the tip of the Fringe-Berg! There’s still so much more, like The Most Honest Man in the World from Spired Theatre, Lieutenant Nun from Snafu Dance/Theatre Puente/Theatre Skam, Pretending Things are a Cock, Sunday Funday from the amazing Atomic Vaudeville, John Grady, the Birdmann..! Just go see everything, rave about it on Twitter and Facebook, and fuel my desperate Fringe jealousy for a few more weeks, deal?  And Ottawa, I’ll try and get around to writing some stuff about what’s going on here sooner than later, deal? Because stuff IS happening!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)

Coming Up in August 2015

In Uncategorized on August 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

A little late! And after not posting for a whole month, yeesh.  (okay, I did make a few posts on my new Valiant Comics blog The Bridge to the Future, but you theatre-types care little for such things) Let’s see what’s going on in the dwindling days of summer!

Fools photo by Justin van Leeuwen

Fools photo by Justin van Leeuwen

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS at parks across Ottawa, from A Company of Fools.  Still time to catch this Seuss-esque take on Billy Shakes’ mistaken identity epic, from the Fools who know him so well.  Until the 15th.

Creation-BusinessTHE CREATION OF THE WORLD AND OTHER BUSINESS at the GCTC studio, from 9th Hour. Cain and Abel via the circus, in an intimate and spirited retelling of biblical myth from Arthur Miller.  Until the 8th.

marysMARY’S ODYSSEY at Laurier House. Another month of historical mystery in the amazing Laurier House! The 6th, 13th and 20th.

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS and ROMEO AND JULIET at the St.Lawrencc Shakespeare Festival.  Need more Shakespeare?  A little roadtrip and it’s all yours!  Until the 22nd.

Odyssey-ThingsWeDoForLove-Poster-web-488x732THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE at Strathcona Park, from Odyssey Theatre. Celebrate 30 years of Commedia in the open air as Odyssey embarks on a triple-bill of Spanish romance.  Until the 23rd.

I’M NOT JEWISH BUT MY MOTHER IS at the Gladstone Theatre.  Steve Martin’s brand new romp carries on until the 8th.

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BRIDGE TO THE PAST at various venues around Gatineau and Wakefield, from Theatre Wakefield. A Travelling show from Ian Tamblyn and director Mary Ellis, featuring up and coming superstar Megan Carty!  From the 5th to 31st.

awokenAWOKEN at Live! on Elgin, from Fireflood. Nick Amott returns with an updated version of his Fringe/Fresh Meat hit, inaugurating the Live! stage for Theatre in the process. Come on out!  The 21st and 22nd.

nw9MIND THE GAP and LAST ORDERS at the Avalon Studio, from the NW9 collective.  Two great one-acts from Bev Wolfe and Doug Phillips in one evening, and featuring one of my fav’rit human people ever, Jodi Morden.  Check it out!  21st to 30th.

burningBURNING: A BRIDGE at SAW Gallery, from Monstrous Nights Theatre. A combination of text, burlesque and more to examine the dreaded long-distance relationship in modern times. The 27th to 29th.

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TABLE MANNERS at the Gladstone Theatre, from Plosive and Seven Thirty. Kicking off the sure-to-be epic Norman Conquests trilogy and featuring a stellar cast, this is some goddam event theatre right here  Get in on it!  Starts on the 28th.

RIDERGIRL at Arts Court Theatre. Short return engagement of Colleen Sutton’s one-woman look at CFL fandom! The 28th and 29th.

More to come!  Peace, love and soul,

Kevin Reid (and Winston)