Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Three.

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Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Three. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. As always, my complete Victoria Fringe Festival 2016 coverage can be found HERE: All shows at Venue 2: The Downtown Activity Centre, 755 Pandora Avenue. Winnie the Pooh and Tales of the 100 Acre Wood by Outpost 31, Charlatan! by Travis Bernhardt, nerdfucker by Cameryn Moore, Field Zoology by Shawn O'Hara, Jon Bennett: Fire in  the … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Two.

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Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day Two. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Reviews of 6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation by Tim Motley, Art of the Eight Limbs by Kat Taddei (Vino Buon Productions), Birdwatching by Jack Hayes (First N Last Productions), Space Hippo by Mochinosha the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company.  All at Venue 7, the Roxy Theatre (2657 Quadra Street).  Please note: I'll post the … [Read more...]

Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day One.

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Dispatches from the Victoria Fringe 2016. Day One. Victoria Fringe Festival August 22-September 4, 2016. Review of The Old Lady's Guide to Survival: Site A--Congregational Emanu-el, 1461 Blanshard Street. Reviews of The Jupiter Rebellion: A Zach Zultana Adventure by Jeff Leard, An Improvised Quentin Tarantino 2--The Playful 8 by Paper Street Theatre Co, Perpetural Wednesday by White Collar Crimes and Half the Battle by Owen Bishop.  All at … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My away picks.

Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My away picks. In 2006 I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Victoria Fringe Festival and got truly bitten by the Fringe bug.  I saw many more shows than originally planned, and had so much fun I decided to volunteer the following year (and did so until 2014 when I switched to reviewing).  Over the years I’ve met many Fringe artists and followed their careers—both in Victoria and further afield. Even before … [Read more...]

Space Hippo by Mochinosha, the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company at the Victoria Fringe Festival2016. Media release.

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Space Hippo by Mochinosha, the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company at the Victoria Fringe 2016. Media release. I try really hard to be objective and impartial in my coverage of the Victoria Fringe Festival--however, there is one exception this year--Space Hippo by Mochinosha, the Wishes Mystical Puppet Company.  I have a particular love of everything shadow puppet related--whether it be intricate and exquisite cut-outs (as in Space Hippo, and … [Read more...]

Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My local picks.

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Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. My local picks. In 2006 I celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Victoria Fringe Festival and got truly bitten by the Fringe bug.  I saw many more shows than originally planned, and had so much fun I decided to volunteer the following year (and did so until 2014 when I switched to reviewing).  Over the years I’ve met many Fringe artists and followed their careers—both in Victoria and further afield. Even … [Read more...]

Mom’s the Word at the Belfry Theatre August 2-28, 2016. A review.

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Mom’s The Word at the Belfry Theatre August 9-28, 2016. A review. Twenty one years ago a group of young mothers, all professional actors, got together to share stories.  This process ultimately yielded the smash-hit Mom’s the Word and, ten years later, Mom’s the Word 2: Unhinged, about their life with teenagers. Now, the Belfry Theatre reprises the original, updated for a contemporary audience, with a new group of young mothers.  The … [Read more...]

Adam Bailey is On Fire at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Adam Bailey is On Fire at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? The First show I directed at a Fringe was in Toronto in 2012. It was a little puppet musical called The Enchanted Crackhouse which, of-course, became a cult hit that year. I’ve continued as a Fringe director since but things really took off for me when I wrote The Assassination of … [Read more...]

Driftwood by Hawk Mom Productions at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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Driftwood by Hawk Mom Productions at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016.  Interview. The team behind Driftwood are Robbie Huebner, Melissa Taylor and Ian Simms. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an artist/company? As a company (Hawk Mom), this is our second collaboration in Fringe. Individually, it varies. Melissa has been working as an artist in the Fringe for the last eight years. This will be Robbie’s … [Read more...]

True Story an Improv Show by Vikes Improv at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview.

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True Story an Improv Show by Vikes Improv at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016. Interview. Victoria is a hot-bed of improvised theatre with no less than three shows at this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival.  In addition to companies working professionally and semi-professionally, there is also a very active improv community at the University of Victoria—Vikes Improv. How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit?  As an … [Read more...]