Vancouver Fringe picks going into the first weekend (2016)

The leader of the pack is The Ballad of Frank Allen, a hilarious buddy comedy about a guy who is accidentally miniaturized and takes up residence in another man’s beard. This show’s take on masculine intimacy is so original and audacious that I laughed like a 14-year-old.

I also recommend magician Travis Bernhardt’s Charlatan! Year to year, Bernhardt always changes up his act. This time out, he is reading minds—very impressively. It’s interesting: he essentially says, “This is a fake door”, and we walk right through it. See the show and you’ll see what I mean.

My pal Kathleen Oliver, who also reviews for the Straight, just read me her review of TJ Dawe’s Burn Job. Based on KO’s enthusiastic report, I’ll definitely be seeing Burn Job. Dawe is a master storyteller. In this one, he talks about growing up.

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About Colin Thomas

Colin Thomas is a Vancouver-based editor, an award-winning playwright, and an established theatre critic. Colin helps writers unlock the full potential of their novels, short stories, screenplays, and children's books.

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