Vancouver Fringe: three more reviews from Colin (Friday, September 8)

Hey kids!

Here are three more reviews for you. Top picks so far: Six Fine Lines, Hyena Subpoena, and Brain Machine.

I will keep posting until Tuesday at least, so keep comin’ by!

 

Brain Machine is at the Vancouver Fringe.

Andrew Bailey gets philosophical about the Internet in Brain Machine.

BRAIN MACHINE

 Looking for a Fringe show that uses the word hagiography? Bingo.

In Brain Machine, solo artist Andrew Bailey explores connections and opportunities—mostly missed. Its historical thread is about the Internet: its potential and its degradation. Its more personal thread is about Bailey’s relationships and work.

There’s substantial material here. Bailey expresses his anger at feminists who diminish the suffering of men, including the suffering caused by being sexually assaulted. (“Twenty years later, on a bad day, sometimes I still shake.”)

And a lot of the show is very funny. Bailey is a master of reversal: “When I was 17, I felt disconnected and alone…unlike other 17-year-olds.” And he gets a laugh out of hagiography.

Bailey is confident, charming, a pro. This is the premiere of Brain Machine. Go see it. 

At Arts Umbrella. Remaining performances on September 8 (8 p.m.), 9 (4:30 p.m.), 10 (1 p.m.), 10 (8 p.m.), 11 (9:45 p.m.), 13 (6:15 p.m.), 14 (8 p.m.), 15 (9:45 p.m.), and 17 (6:15 p.m.) [Read more…]