2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival
Reviewer Ed Farolan

xAdult Company

4AM Theatre

Dates and Venue 7, 9-10, 12 & 14 Sep | Performance Works, Granville Island

This play is about adult relationships that occur in everyday life. In this particular play, you have four people interacting with each other. A little bit reminiscent of Who's Afraid of Virgina Wolfe? In fact, I think playwrights/directors Jessica Schacht and Sam Young were thinking of this Albee play because the main character is Virginia (Yoshié Bancroft). Full review


xCry Baby: The Musical

Awkward Stage Productions

Dates and Venue 7, 9-11, 13, 16 & 17 Sep | Firehall Arts Centre

This is a terrific show and will surely be sold out. What energy! Most of the actors are graduates of the Musical Theatre Programme at Capilano University, and boy, could they sing, act and dance! This musical was nominated for a Tony Award and produced by Awkward who was the Pick of the Fringe last year and other years, I think. Full review


xHow I Lost One Pound, The Musical

Performer Lesley Carlberg

Dates and Venue 7 -12, 14-15 Sep | Firehall Arts Centre

Although Carlberg calls this a musical, it really isn't. She lip syncs a couple of songs and that's about it. But it does talk about losing weight one pound at a time. In this one-woman show, Carlberg talks about her dream ever since she was a child, but through the years, she has been unsuccessful despite all the classes she takes in acting, improv, dance, etc. Full review




Good Game in Gung Ho

Performers Nick Chenosky, David Horn & Craig Scorgie

Dates and Venue 8 - 11, 15 & 17 Sep | Revue Stage, Granville Island

If you want to see a ridiculously stupid show, go and see this one. You have to be in a stupid move, maybe half-drunk, so you can appreciate the stupid jokes. Mind you, these actors are good, but their material is terrible. Perhaps if you're six or seven years old, you can giggle, laugh and have fun. Full review



Gigantic Lying Mouth

Performer Kevin P Gilday

Dates and Venue 7, 9, 10, 14, 16 & 17 Sep | Revue Stage, Granville Island

The concept of this one-man show is interesting, but it should be edited. Gilday is known for the "spoken word" and has won awards most probably in poetry slams. And that's where the problem is: he practically uses the entire show doing his poetry slams. Full review


xVancouver Fringe Festival Launch Party

Dates and Venues 7 - 17 Sep | Various

Reviewer Ed Farolan

The Program Guide Launch Party for this year's festival kicked off at the same venue, Big Rock Urban Brewery, as it did in previous years. Beer and pizza was the usual flair and a program of live jazz music and a sample of one of the shows coming in September, The Birdmann, by standup Australian comic and funnyman Trent Baumann opened the programme. Full review



xVancouver Folk Music Festival

Dates and Venue July 13-16, 2017, Thurs night & Sat & Sun 10am to 11pm | Jericho Beach Park, Vancouver

Reviewer Karen Fitzgibbon

The Funk Hunters’ terrific beat has most of the audience dancing at Stage 3. As we danced the crowd grew and grew. Wonderful entertainers! There is no way that you can just sit there with this talented duo playing. They have expanded their act with the addition of other artists to produce a great sound. Vocals of Tonye Aganaba and Chali are powerful and create an electric atmosphere for those dancing. Full review




Realwheels Theatre
Comedy on Wheels

Dates and Venue May 18 – 20, 2017, 8pm | Performance Works (Granville Island); 1218 Cartwright Str.

Reviewer Karen Fitzgibbon

The physically challenged cast address the sometimes different or even weird perception that other people sometimes have towards their challenges in everyday life. Full review