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
This one woman show by 17-year old Laurel A. Trueman is packed with laughs that anyone of any age can relate to.
Confident, silly, and at many times endearing, this young actress shares with you all the funny ways she put off creating the show she’s on the stage performing- a grandiose apology of sorts that truly is something worth watching.
Before I saw Trueman on stage, I felt skeptical about the show, questioning the value of an adult acting out teenage drama. But this all changed once I saw Trueman on stage, and realized that she herself is actually a teenager. This isn’t an emo teenage drama- this is the story of the way we all justify procrastination, and is most keenly told through the lens of a teenager’s honesty with herself and with us.
So I recommend this show for both teens and adults. But even if you don’t see Trueman in this year’s Fringe Festival, I guarantee you’ll be seeing her on the screen and on the stage for many years to come.
Hardly Trying is playing at the Revue Stage 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Elizabeth Goode
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