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intellectual

22 shows found
Brain Machine

Andrew Bailey 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Andrew Bailey 
baileylaughs.com 
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
Interstellar Elder

SNAFU 
Toronto, Canada
Playwrights: Ingrid Hansen & Kathleen Greenfield 
snafudance.com/interstellar-elder 
Meet Kitt, age 96, fierce lone astronaut protecting the last of humankind. Imagine Ridley Scott’s Aliens meets Golden Girls.

From the creators of award-winning sold out shows Little Orange Man (***** —Vue Weekly, ***** —On Stage Ottawa) and Kitt & Jane (***** —On Stage Ottawa). 

“Bold physical comedy... genuine, unscripted and undeniably charming.” —Monday Magazine
“Fierce creative energy.” —Edmonton Journal
“The sort of girl director Terry Gilliam might have dreamed up.” —Calgary Herald
“Hilarious and touching... Hansen is a delightfully bratty performer.” —Montreal Gazette 

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 75 minutes / All Ages 

 

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
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
Teaching Shakespeare

Doctor Keir Co. 
Montreal, Canada 
Playwright: Keir Cutler 
keircutler.com
The multi-award-winning parody of a college Shakespeare class and portrait of a frustrated actor turned frustrated professor returns to the Vancouver Fringe. Over 200 performances across Canada and the US.

“Hilarious example of how not to conduct a class.” —Toronto Sun
“Gloriously funny!” —Orlando Sentinel
“I’d give it an ‘A.’” —Backstage (New York) 
Teaching Shakespeare is playing to sold out houses for a good reason. It’s a very funny, witty, well-acted show. I loved it.” —Mooney on Theatre

Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

9/7/2017 To 9/17/2017
Distractingly Sexy

Nebula Company Theatre 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Mily Mumford 
nebulacompanytheatre.com 
Join real life scientist (and writer) Mily Mumford for an interactive ultra-funny, quite-wild, pretty-darn-sexy history of how women in science have been f*$%ed over for centuries.

Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party (Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver 2016)!

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Sexual Content / Strobe Lights / Smoke Fog

Underrepresented artist: Written and performed by a queer woman in science.

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

Cat Kidd 
Montreal, Canada
Playwright: Cat Kidd 
catkidd.com 
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.” —LitLive.ca 

Poetic / Intellectual / Intimate / 55 minutes / 14+

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Draining the Swamp

Curious Creations Theatre 
North Vancouver, Canada
Book and Lyrics: Dawn Moore and Desmond Price
Music: Kevin Michael Cripps
www.curiouscreationstheatre.ca
Curious Creations, the company that brought you last year’s Fringe hit, Waiting for Garbo, gets curious again—this time about He Who Shall Not be Named. This musical takes a comedic jab at the privileged few who hold your wealth in their hands. Comic mayhem ensues when The Boss fires his apprentice, shoots his driver, and gets arrested for murder. 

Here is what Entertainment Vancouver.com said about our previous play "funny, irreverent, poignant, whimsical, clever and thought provoking....superb performances".  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Musical / Intellectual / 70 minutes / 14+ / Gunshots

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Hip.Bang! presents Fin

Hip.Bang! 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Tom Hill & Devin Mackenzie 
hipbang.ca 
Award-winning comedy duo Hip.Bang! (The History of Romance) returns! From the politics of Campinos to the mysteries of our deepest oceans, this show will capture and release your anxieties about how twisted our world has become.

Hip.Bang!’s innovative comedy has delighted crowds at Just For Laughs, Comedy Central, and on CBC’s The Irrelevant Show. 

***** —Vancouver Sun / Edmonton Journal / Edmonton Sun
“So funny you might wet yourself.” —Edmonton Journal
“World-class.” —Curtain Up, New York
Best of the Fest at the Edmonton Fringe and Victoria Fringe 

Funny / In Your Face / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
The Immaculate Big Bang

Bill Santiago 
New York, USA
Playwright: Bill Santiago 
billsantiago.com 
God. Science. Laughs.
Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, comedian Bill Santiago goes in search of answers and laughs at the border of science and religion, exploring the comic nature of the cosmic quest for understanding existence, life, and death (not necessarily in that order). 

Best of the 2016 Capital Fringe ****1/2 “No cosmic question is too challenging to escape the laser wit of Bill Santiago.” —DCMetro TheatreArts

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 18+

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Just Not That Woman

AKS Productions 
New York, USA 
Playwright: Ali Kennedy Scott 
justnotthatwoman.com

“Polls were decisive. The election was to be a coronation. To celebrate, a party was held beneath a glass ceiling—and I was there. But a chasm erupted between expectation and reality.”

Charting experiences of female leaders globally, award-winning Australian artist, Ali Kennedy Scott asks... what’s it gonna take to kick inequality to the curb?     
 
A play with magic and multi-media, inspired by interviews with scientists, psychologists, and politicians.
 
By the creator of The Day the Sky Turned Black: “An irrepressible bundle of energy, spine and spirit ... Enthralling.” —The New York Times
 
The performance on September 11 is half-price!

Funny / Intellectual / Shocking / 55 minutes / 14+    

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
The Messenger

Damonde Tschritter 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwright: Damonde Tschritter  
Do you see signs? Are they real? What happens when a person follows what the Universe tells them to do, and it leads them to a Shaman in the mountains of Mexico, where they are given “The Medicine of the Heart,” the strongest substance known to man? There’s only two ways to find out. Have the courage to do it yourself. Or come to this show. 

“He has the rare gift of commanding attention merely by talking.” —Seattle Weekly
“Comedy’s New Superhero.” —the Globe and Mail
“I dare you to go see this show.” —God 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
The Inventor Of All Things

big word performance 
Finchampstead, UK
Playwright: jem rolls  
A Jewish Hungarian wrecked the Nazi Atomic Bomb? The unbelievably true story of forgotten genius Leo Szilard. Peacemaker, physicist, refugee, Martian, celebrity. And very funny. And even more eccentric. Hated by Generals, first to think of the Atom Bomb, and much too good to flush his own toilet. A big story of a little man in big times. 


***** "Captivating." —CBC
***** “Terrific!” —Saskatoon StarPhoenix
***** "This is what must-see fringe fare looks like." —Winnipeg Free Press

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ 


9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Roller Coaster

Placeholder Productions 
Vancouver, Canada
Playwright: TJ Dawe 
tjdawe.ca 
Jessie Award winning Fringe vet and solo show meister TJ Dawe (Burn Job, Medicine, Marathon, The Slipknot) (he’s been touring since 1994) (this is his 109th Fringe worldwide) (yes, really) returns with a monologue about why we go to war, who our real gods are, the bizarre phenomenon of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the end of the world. 

“A master storyteller.” —Orlando Weekly
“This guy’s headed for the stand-up hall of fame.” —the Georgia Straight
“Come and see what a real virtuoso can do.” —Edmonton Journal 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
Let Me Freeze Your Head

Neil McArthur 
Winnipeg, Canada 
Playwright: Neil McArthur 
neilmcarthur.com 
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
Kurt Vonnegut's The Euphio Question

Little Mountain Lion 
Vancouver, Canada 
Playwrights: Kurt Vonnegut (book), Matt Clarke (stageplay) 
littlemountainlion.com 
A new adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s 1951 short story. A young physicist discovers radio waves from outer space that make anyone within earshot completely and utterly euphoric. The Euphio Question asks audiences what the true cost of happiness is when it comes at the mere flick of a switch.  

Funny / Weird / Intellectual / 40 minutes / 14+

Underrepresented artist: This play features youth actors and designers.

9/8/2017 To 9/17/2017
Shadowlands

Pretentious Productions 
Edmonton, Canada 
Playwright: Savanna Harvey 
savannaharvey.ca 
Cells in a petri dish. A scientist. A ghost. A laboratory mouse. We are on a journey to see what can’t be seen. We are on a quest to find truth in the dark. Part of the 2017 Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals tour, Shadowlands will be presented in the Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringes.  

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Poetic / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ 

Underrepresented artist: Female creator-performer.

9/8/2017 To 9/11/2017
The Man Who Sold the World

David Ortolano 
Longmont, USA
Playwright: David Ortolano 
davidortolano.com 
The Man Who Sold the World is a pre-apocalyptic dramady set in a post-truth, completely fictional world. The Burning Man is a bearer of “questionable news” and bears strong political messages about the current American agenda; the world versus America and America versus itself. Storytelling, multi-media, live music, and immersive theatre. 

“Dave Ortolano is both a theater Renaissance man and a friend of theater.” —Westword
“David Ortolano, in performances infused with heart.” —Denver Post 

The performance on September 8 is half-price!

Funny / Intense / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+ / Coarse Language / Violent Content

9/8/2017 To 9/16/2017
The Indefinable Soul

Uscript Productions 
Vancovuer, Canada 
Playwright: Rachelle Tomm 
uscriptproductions.ca 
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
Scientist Turned Comedian

Tim Lee 
Carlsbad, USA
Playwright: Tim X Lee  
Science comedy.

“Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin.” —Boston Phoenix 

The performance on September 9 is half-price!

Funny / Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
5-Step Guide to Being German

Paco Erhard 
Berlin, Germany 
Playwright: Paco Erhard 
pacoerhard.com 
Wanna be German? Of course you do. And now you can, as German comedian Paco Erhard teaches you how. Sold out worldwide and a Fringe World Best Comedy Award nominee, 5-Step Guide to Being is “insightful and hysterical” (Broadway Baby) as Paco “tackles sacred cows with reckless abandon” (Herald Sun). You will laugh. If you want. Zis is not an order. 

***** “Stand-up genius.” —Edinburgh Guide (UK)
**** “Keeps the room in stitches, whether you’re German or not.” —Vue Weekly (CAN)
****1/2 “One of the best cultural comedians in the world.” —Rip It Up (AUS) 

Funny / Intellectual / 75 minutes / 18+ / Coarse Language

 

9/9/2017 To 9/17/2017
Advance Theatre New Works by Women: Go, No Go

bike circus
Toronto, Canada
Playwright: Natalie Frijia
Directed by Leanna Brodie 
natandthebike.weebly.com

Go, No Go is the story of 13 barrier-breaking pilots who in 1961 petitioned NASA to become the first female astronauts. And it’s about why you don’t know their names. Welcome to the space race.  

Intellectual / 60 minutes / 14+

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.

9/12/2017 1:30 PM