I went into this production thinking "another pop rock musical, let's see what happens" but I was super pleased with the production. Awkward Stage productions have done this musical a great service by putting this all female cast together. They were strong and powerful. There were some teething problems and the live band was a bit loud, I couldn't hear the voices of the performers, but after the first 15 minutes it was superb. Funny and thoughtful, it gives you a sense of the what it feels like to go through a journey of commitment and difficulty with relationships. The performance of this young company was beyond my expectations.
~ reviewed by Karen Flynn
What would happen if your Air BnB guest showed up for the night and then never left again? When saving the farm calls for a modern approach, a couple at odds finds themselves hosting an odd-ball and things get funny fast.
Cado is the work of 19-year old playwright Ian Kuiken, and is performed by a cast of (mostly) young actors who are participants in G.R.A.F.F.I.T.I., the Fringe’s youth mentorship program. What Kuiken lacks in sophistication, he makes up in hilarious characters, fast-shooting dialogue, and perfectly timed poignant moments that are just long enough to drive his larger message home.
The cast is strong, and does a great job. It seems like perhaps one or two stage cues were missed, but hey, on opening night even the seasoned pros have their slips. After all, that’s what live theatre is all about, isn’t it?
Featuring themes around sex and weed culture, this play is perfectly rated at 14+.
Liz’s note: The play is called “Cado” and is performed by G.R.A.F.F.I.T.I. - Green Room At Fringe Festival… Is The Initials. It was performed at Havana Theatre as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Elizabeth Goode
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