FIX tells the troubling stories of 7 individuals across generations affected by addiction, in such a beautiful way that their content is a startling contrast to their delivery which makes these stories very compelling. The alley setting allows the audience to literally travel a journey along with the performers and explore their wounds, their fix and the subsequent result, not necessarily in that order.
Some performers are better than others, and some stories more relatable than others however it's clear that the overwhelming need to numb is consistent and real as are these people. Eye opening and edgy, these performers should be commended for displaying their scars in an effort to encourage understanding.
FIX by The Elegant Ladies Collective is playing on site in Railspur Alley as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Karen Roller
Written by Abdul Aziz and Shaw O'Hara, Fake Ghost Tours is a true ode to real Ghost Tours and Ghost Hunters everywhere. From their outfits to their portable microphone boxes, to their deadpan delivery, Fake Ghost Tours would almost be believable if it wasn't so hilarious. Aziz and O'Hara are charming, present, and attentive performers who bring Granville Island to life with their made-up tales of the supernatural.
Areas for improvement: Please make the tour longer!
Also to note: I joke about Fake Ghost Tours having "cuter guys" than a real ghost tour in the video. Both Aziz and O'Hara, I have come to find out, are in relationships with lovely partners to whom I would like to issue a formal apology, as well as a congratulatory sentiment.
Fake Ghost Tours by Whells Phargo Productions is an outdoors walking tour starting from the Fringe Hub 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Madisen Steele
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