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30 shows found

Squirrel Suit
Welland, Canada
Playwright: Carlyn Rhamey
Award winning storyteller Carlyn Rhamey has been described as “awkward,” “neurotic,” “self-deprecating,” but luckily also “very charming!” Chock-full of wildly, embarrassing stories, travel mishaps, and not nearly enough haggis, SAOR is a true Celtic adventure tale unlike any other!

The performance on September 10 is half-price!

Winner: Best of Venue at the 2016 Hamilton Fringe
“Absolutely hilarious.” —My Entertainment World (Toronto)
“A fantastic physical performer.” — (Ottawa)
“Part Eat, Pray, Love, part Bridesmaids.” —Raise the Hammer (Hamilton)
“A total goofball.” —the Ontarion

Funny / Weird / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story

The Grand Salto Theatre 
Toronto, Canada 
Playwrights: The Grand Salto Theatre 
Romance blossoms in post WW2 Hungary when a school teacher from the city meets the village intellectual. The award winning Grand Salto Theatre brings this true family story to life with mask, movement, and song. 

Praise for The Grand Salto Theatre:
**** —Saskatoon StarPhoenix
“Stroke of genius ... Spur of the moment glee.” —Hoopla 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Warm and Fuzzy / Poetic / Intimate / 50 minutes / All Ages 

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
It's A Glorious, Wonderful Life

Morrow’s Lark Theatre Company 
West Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Shelby Wyminga  
A delightfully dark comedy about loneliness and the longing to escape: Ethan and Gloria meet as the closing credits of It’s A Wonderful Life roll. Through a series of hilarious social blunders and moments of unexpected connection, modern day Katharine Hepburn and James Dean discover that each might have what the other needs.

Written with all the wit and spunk of Hollywood’s golden age, emerging playwright Shelby Wyminga cleverly matches the pole of timeless classics with today’s Netflix escapism to unveil the secrets we refuse to let show. 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
It Figures

Meadtri Theatre 
New Westminster, Canada
Playwrights: Megan Kurzeja & Chad Kamer  
What is the average lifespan of a relationship? How do you calculate love with the law of large numbers? What variables lead to the greatest success rate? Liz and Chris experiment with this and other modern relationship issues when their young marriage is put to the test.  

Intense / Intimate / 30 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content


9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
No Big Deal

Tomo Suru Players 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Gerald Williams
A woman, her boyfriend, and the man who allegedly molested her. Funny, touching, and emotionally compelling as each person describes their experience around the event. From the writer/director of The Dance Teacher, a 2016 Fringe favourite, this story explores themes of consent, assault, education, and gazpacho and asks when is something “No Big Deal?”

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Gay. Emerging writer older.

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
Brain Machine

Andrew Bailey 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Andrew Bailey 
Award winning monologist Andrew Bailey (The Adversary, Phantom Signal) proudly premieres Brain Machine. Generations of scientists create the web to bring “harmony and understanding” to humanity. Chaos ensues. Bailey attempts to escape technology by moving to a cabin in the woods. While there he accidentally creates a viral video. Chaos ensues. 

“Finally, a storyteller with something to say.” —The Edmonton Journal
“Bailey has perfected the formula for funny.” —Monday Magazine
“Bailey really is a master of the monologue.” —Culture Vulture 

The performance on September 7 is half-price!

Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Lovely Lady Lump

That Girl Entertainment 
Yarraville, Australia 
Playwright: Lana Schwarcz 
Listen, I’m ok. I have a pesky cancer tumour in my left jug, but I’m not dying and I’m the luckiest person in the entire world. Cause f*ck cancer, man. F*ck cancer. Jokes, truths, and poignant bits from a comic who survived breast cancer.

Winner: Most Outstanding Solo (Ottawa Fringe 2016)
Best Theatre (Dunedin Fringe 2016)
Highly Commended Theatre Award (Adelaide Fringe 2017) 
“Hilariously honest.” —Sometimes Melbourne
“Uproariously funny, devastating, heartfelt.” —the Residents
“Smart, funny, empowering ... you’ll fall in love with the unstoppable Lana Schwarcz.” —Inside Ottawa 

The performance on September 13 is half-price!

This show will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing on Friday, September 15 at 6:45pm at Studio 1398.

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Nudity

Underrepresented artist: Written, performed, and created by wonder women.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Tightrope Talking

North Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Marylee Stephenson 
• Time spent in a Berkeley slammer.
• Lane-dancing with a dealer.
• Cars and sex through the ages.
• Obituaries.
• Bus drivers.
Marylee Stephenson is upping the story ante by outsourcing the topic to the audience! You name it, she tells it through instantaneous, dynamic, suspenseful combinations of totally true well-crafted stories! No two shows can ever be the same!     

The performance on September 14 is half-price!   

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Intimate / LGBTQ+ / 50 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a 74-year-old lesbian with a Ph.D.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
I Am For You

Wunderdog Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mieko Ouchi  
Lainie and Mariam have it out for each other. When they finally come to violent blows, a newly minted student teacher has an idea: by teaching the girls the art of stage combat, he can help them understand the roots and costs of violence; but when they are cast as Mercutio and Tybalt in their school play, swords, words, and egos clash. 
Intense / Intimate / 65 minutes / 14+

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017

The Elegant Ladies Collective 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: The Elegant Ladies Collective 
The Elegant Ladies are back for our fourth year with another interactive, site-specific, interdisciplinary theatrical cornucopia. Make a choice, make a change, make a difference—this year we are at Make, and we are challenging our audience to remake themselves, and to engage in art as social resistance through acts of creative making and mischief. 

On Peripeteia: “Go see it.” —Plank Magazine
on ESUM: “They share freely of their creativity and compassion.” —Plank Magazine
on Eidola: “It sure was something special.” —Plank Magazine 

The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Weird / Poetic / Intimate / 45 minutes / 14+ 

Underrepresented artist: The Elegant Ladies strive to be an inclusive, LGBTQ friendly, and fully accessible community that prides itself on diversity.

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017
An Arrangement of Shoes

Footnote Theatre and Tara Arts
London, UK 
Playwright: Abhishek Majumdar  
Fresh from a sell-out run in London, UK and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Footnote Theatre in association with Tara Arts presents the North American Premiere of this award-winning writing by Abhishek Majumdar.

Set in an Indian railway colony during the Gulf War, this poignant family portrait is a captivating solo tour de force about family and global history in the Age of Faith.

Commemorating 70 years of independence of Pakistan and India. 

“The truly sparkling Radhika Aggarwal drives the rich monologue.” —remotegoat
“Magnetic piece of theatre ... remarkable storytelling.” —Extra! Extra!

Funny / Intellectual / Intimate / Multicultural / 60 minutes / 14+

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Adult Company

4am Theatre 
Duncan, Canada 
Playwrights: Jessica Schacht & Sam Young  
We’re always waiting for 4:00am—that magical time when the best memories are supposed to find us—if we can only endure the journey. Two couples come together one rainy spring evening to see if their friendships will survive the wait.

Co-written with the author 2014 Fringe show, Thus, I Curse Love!  

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Intense / Intellectual / Intimate / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017

DMQ Productions
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Devon Simmons MacKinlay
Sechs (zekhs) follows six characters whose different beliefs about intimacy and relationships clash in bars and bedrooms as they try to navigate modern dating.

This is the World Premiere of the Canadian Sechs.

Funny / Intimate /  Musical / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Mature Content / Sexual Content

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Almost a Stepmom

Standing Room Only Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Keara Barnes 
Based on a true story. Keara moved to Ireland. She fell in love. Then she became a stepmom... almost. A darkly comic tale about the ups and downs of becoming a stepmother.

This award winning show has toured to critical acclaim throughout Western Canada, most recently completing a sold out run at the Vancouver CelticFest.

“Barnes has a stage presence like none I have ever seen ... If this show isn’t already on your Fringe list, make room for it.” —The Marble Theatre Review
“A show that you don’t want to miss.” —James Hutchison, Playwright
“Terrifically engaging.” —Jo Ledingham Theatre Reviews 

Funny / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

Underrepresented artist: Performed by local female playwright Keara Barnes.

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017

Nutmeg Creations 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: Megan Phillips 
Megan was in her Happy Ever After. She amended her behaviour with deep personal work and a new meditation practice—and miracles happened! And then the miracles ended. And when her problems returned, so did her loneliness. So one night, she decided to find a shortcut back to happiness... in a pill. This is the story of that night. 

About the creator:
“An artistic achievement.” —Vue Weekly
“Funny and honest ... A light-hearted, critical look at a contemporary topic.” —CBC
NNNN “Clever ... talented and energetic.” —NOW Magazine 

Intimate / 60 minutes / Coarse Language

9/7/2017 To 9/16/2017

Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Caroline Sniatynski 
It’s 2012. The world’s top physicists are searching for the elusive Higgs boson particle, and it’s been a year since Elise’s sister disappeared. Desperate to forget, Elise wraps herself up in the search for the Higgs. But what we’re looking for isn’t always what we find. A moving exploration of how we cope with a world that doesn’t make sense.  

The performance on September 13 is half-price!

Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Blood Countess

Prairie Fire 
Regina, Canada
Playwright: Sharon Nowlan  
Guinness World Records describes Elizabeth Bathory as the world’s most prolific murderess. Did this 16th century Countess kill over 600 girls to satisfy unquenchable bloodlust? Or was “Countess Dracula” the victim of a well-planned conspiracy? Meet this infamous character and decide for yourself.  

Intense / Intimate / Shocking / 60 minutes / 18+ / Violent Content


9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Hyena Subpoena

Cat Kidd 
Montreal, Canada
Playwright: Cat Kidd 
Mona Morse travels through South Africa and through time. A multimedia meditation on predator and prey, and the creatures within. Hyena Subpoena has earned prize nominations with the League of Canadian Poets, Quebec Writers’ Federation, and Expozine. A love letter to all those who, like the hyena, defy easy categorization. 

“A riveting storyteller. ”—The Straits Times (Singapore)
“One of Canada’s most talented wordsmiths.” —Broken Pencil
“...a rollercoaster. Catharsis will come. Scream now, exhale at the end.” — 

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Her Name Was Mary...

Indigo Child Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Tai Amy Grauman  
A new girl comes to Amy’s small town school, her name was Mary. Quickly, they become best friends and share everything. Watch as they eat tapeworms, swallow laxatives, starve, puke, and learn the meaning of true unconditional friendship between the ages of 10 and 15. Once upon a time doesn’t turn out so beautiful...  

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Intense / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

Underrepresented artist: Written and directed by an Indigenous woman with a diverse cast.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Let Me Freeze Your Head

Neil McArthur 
Winnipeg, Canada 
Playwright: Neil McArthur 
Why leave the future to your children when you can have it for yourself? Attend our short sales presentation to learn how you can preserve your brain to live again! This one-person show takes you on a deeply personal journey into the world of human cryonic preservation.
If you give Neil an hour, he may convince you to join him... when the time comes.

**** —CBC
“A must-see ... It’s thought-provoking and original.” —Mooney on Theatre
“A strange and moving story performed with a touch of humour and an undercurrent of pathos.” —Winnipeg Free Press 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Weird / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Nobody's Boy

Kokoska Co. 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Kevin Kokoska 
Comedy and tragedy collide as a man attempts to cope with his son’s illness by performing unsolicited stand-up comedy sets in a pediatric care home cafeteria. Will you laugh at him?  

The performance on September 10 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language


9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Pint of Life

Michael Yichao 
Seattle, USA
Playwright: Michael Yichao 
One performer. One audience member. One pint of ice cream. One improvised play. Completely made up on the spot, Pint of Life celebrates the aspirations and achievements of a stranger and seeks to bring us all a little closer together—over a pint of ice cream. 

Michael Yichao has performed Pint of Life at theaters across the US and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe. This is his first Vancouver Fringe appearance. 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Warm and Fuzzy / Intimate / 60 minutes / All Ages 

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017

Pocket Theater 
Seattle, USA
Playwrights: Clayton Weller & Sophie Lowenstein 
Serious comedy, Naturally!
Sophie and Clayton have been entertaining audiences for 12 years together and now they’re going to let you chose how you’re delighted. Do you want them to play a harmonica, throw some fruits, and dance? Or do you want to see them get real and laugh in the face of death? Your choice, Naturally!  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Six Fine Lines

Level-Headed Friends Productions 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mack Gordon 
A rolling, grieving, game show house party! Through a series of epigrams, anecdotes, poems, and game shows, Mack Gordon pastes together a living collage. Six Fine Lines is pop rocks for your head and heart from the creator of last Halloween’s theatre in the dark hit, Three Stories Up, and previous Fringe Festival sell out, Shake the Sheets

“Gordon is a playwright worth taking seriously.” —
“The pictures Gordon paints are so vivid, they take on a life of their own.” —Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Weird / Poetic / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+


9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
The Indefinable Soul

Uscript Productions 
Vancovuer, Canada 
Playwright: Rachelle Tomm 
Inspired by passion, a poetic piece about a woman’s energizing mission to squeeze one hour into every minute. It’s about finding passion through fear, and allowing ourselves the vulnerability to absorb every experience. It’s not about the good or the bad; it’s about living to love, and loving the imperfections that create who we are.  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 50 minutes / 14+


9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Slumber Here

Geekenders Theatricals 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Fairlith Harvey, Ryan Caron, Andrew Lynch, Chelsey Stuyt 
Do you want to fall in love tonight? Immerse yourself in the fantasy of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream as you become Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, Hippolyta, etc, and are escorted into the carnivalesque world of the fairies to be seduced by Oberon, assist the Mechanicals to fix their play, help Puck create mischief, and find your soulmate.  

Silly / Intense / Intimate / 45 minutes / 14+ / Sexual Content

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017

Kitchener, Canada 
Playwright: Efthimios Nasiopoulos 
Coming off of this year’s Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, Disengaged reveals a comically raw look at relationships, love, and the institution of marriage through the eyes of a cynical, yet hopeless romantic. Follow Efthimios Nasiopoulos’ hilariously painful account of his two failed wedding engagements.  

Funny / Intense / Intimate / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Setting Bones

Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: lee williams boudakian, Kamee Abrahamian & Anoushka Ratnarajah 
When their mother and grandmother suddenly die, three estranged siblings are reunited in their childhood home, where they are confronted by legacies of displacement, cultural erasure, and fragmentation that have haunted their family for generations. In turn, they must rediscover one another and their desires for belonging, understanding, and love. 

Setting Bones is a new show from interdisciplinary arts company Kalik, and the 2017 winner of the Fringe New Play Prize from the Playwrights Theatre Company, with Dramaturgy from mia susan amir. 

The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Intimate / Multicultural / LGBTQ+ / 60 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language / Strobe Lights

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by queer, trans and gender non-conforming people of colour.

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Everybody Dies in December

Broken Turtle Productions 
Ottawa, Canada 
Playwright: Nancy Kenny 
From the creator/performer of Roller Derby Saved My Soul (2014 Pick of the Fringe/Canadian Comedy Award nominee), Everybody Dies in December is a dark comedy about living with death. Literally. Third generation funeral director, Claire, has it easy making friends. It’s not too hard when they don’t talk back.

Outstanding Solo Performance —London Fringe
Best Drama —Atlantic Fringe 
“Both terrific and hypnotizing.” —Vue Weekly (Edmonton)
“A delightfully quirky solo drama.” —the New Ottawa Critics
“Deliciously clever and funny.” —the Coast (Halifax)
“Kenny is a charmer ... undeniably original.” —Montreal Gazette 

This show will be interpreted into ASL for patrons who are Deaf or Heard of Hearing on Thursday, September 14 at 5:10pm at Studio 1398.

Weird / Intimate / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: Happy Place

Toronto, Canada 
Playwright: Pamela Mala Sinha
Directed by Fay Nass  
“Broken women determined to die helping each other live.”
Happy Place takes place in an inpatient facility for women suffering from depression. With insight, raw truth, and sometimes humour, these seven women force each other to look at themselves in a way they never could “outside”... finding compassion—even love—where they least expect it.
Intense / Tear-Jerker / Intimate / 100 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

This show is part of the Advance Theatre New Works by Women series.

Tickets are available at the door only and are pay-what-you-can with a suggested rate of $5 to $10.

9/15/2017 1:30 PM