Ed’s Victoria Fringe Festival Picks of 2015

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Various Venues
August 27 to Sept 6

Victoria, BC

Requires Fringe Button ($6)
Tickets range from $9 to 11
Available through Ticket Rocket or at the door

Just what kind of dreams may come from this year’s Victoria Fringe Festival? That’s just one of many themes I’ve noticed when flipping through the pages of the guide. When my passion in theatre is for the fantastic, that’s going to become the guiding force for some of the shows I plan on going to see. This year marks the 29th annual show, and I feel this year will be a hint of great things to come when the 30th rolls around next year. Okay, I’m thinking a year ahead, but I’m sure there’s some folks from Intrepid who’s already planning well in advance in how to make next year a big celebration. For this year’s fun, there’s a grand mix of style, and just what I’m looking for is varied.

Herein lies my picks for the 2015 year.

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The 11′ o’clock Number

Presented by Grindstone Theatre
Location: Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra Street)

Thursday August 27, 2015 – 9:45 PM
Saturday August 29, 2015 – 10:00 PM
Monday August 31, 2015 – 8:00 PM
Wednesday September 2, 2015 – 9:45 PM
Saturday September 5, 2015 – 5:45 PM
Sunday September 6, 2015 – 8:30 PM

Usually, musicals are constructed on a premise based on a playwright. To hear that this show will take the ideas from the audience instead has my curiosity. Just how fast and zany will this show be? Hard to tell, but I’ll find out when I see one of six shows, or will have I have to see them all just to witness this group’s improv skills?

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Band Geeks

St. Michaels University School
3400 Richmond Road.
Victoria, BC

Written / Created by: C.H. Greenblatt, Aaron Spring, Merriwether Williams 90 minutes • All Ages • Musical Comedy
Regular $11/ St & Sr $9

This year, SMUS Intensive Summer Musical Theatre Program is offering a lesser known production that should be promising for geeks everywhere. When a high school’s beloved marching band is getting no love by the student body, will this group be forced to disband? Only Eliott and his girlfriend, Laura, can save the day.

I’m wondering if this production is inspired by Glee? This television show featured kids who are tossed together because they have great singing voices and they have to learn how to get along all while trying to make it to glee club finals. Curiousity will have the Two Hungry Blokes investigating what this production is truly about.

LOCATION:
St. Michaels University School Copeland Theatre

SHOWTIMES:
Thursday September 3, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Friday September 4, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Saturday September 5, 2015 – 2:00 PM
Saturday September 5, 2015 – 7:00 PM

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The Best Meal You Ever Ate

Presented by Bema
Written / Created by Bruce J. Bloom
Location: Congregation Emanu-El (1461 Blanshard Street)

Thursday August 27, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Sunday August 30, 2015 – 2:00 PM
Tuesday September 1, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Wednesday September 2, 2015 – 7:00p
Thursday September 3, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Sunday September 6, 2015 – 2:00 PM

The Two Hungry Blokes would be very remiss to not cover any food themed plays and for this show, I have to wonder if wine-tasting will be offered? I suspect not and that will not deter me from checking out this comedy. The story here is that Avram and his wife are the last two Jews left alive in the ghetto fighting the Nazis. They’re starving and where they hide in happens to be an eatery. This location looks very appropriate for this play. I just wonder if they are getting their last meal before they’re finally chased down. Or is there more than danger being served here?

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Camel Camel

Presented by Glitter Gizzard
Written / Created by Janessa Johnsrude and Meghan Frank
Location: Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra Street)

Saturday August 29, 2015 – 4:45 PM
Sunday August 30, 2015 – 2:00 PM
Tuesday September 1, 2015 – 8:15 PM
Wednesday September 2, 2015 – 6:30 PM
Friday September 4, 2015 – 8:45 PM
Saturday September 5, 2015 – 4:00 PM

It’s hard not to pass up a show that’s described by others as a comedy, where David Lynch meets Abbott and Costello. When I’m a huge fan of the latter, this production is one I must check out. This vaudeville act does not have a plot, so any expectations I have will have to be based on what I recall in what I know of Terry Gilliam‘s work in the animation front.

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