Ed’s 10 Nerdy Picks of the 2016 Victoria Fringe Festival (and these Artists Tour Worldwide!)

3 Aug

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URBAN ARTS

DATES:
Thu Aug 25 – 8:45pm
Sat Aug 27 – 6:45pm
Tue Aug 30 – 8:30pm
Wed Aug 31 – 5:00pm
Sat Sep 3 – 2:45pm
Sun Sep 4 – 6:30pm

LOCATION: Langham Court Theatre (Fringe Venue 5)

This campy musical production was fascinating when I saw it some years ago and it’s back! It will be interesting to compare how this production has morphed throughout the years. I offer a review I originally wrote for B Channel News a few years ago below, and hope this show has improved over time!

REVIEW:

Will egos inflate or dreams deflate when close friends, Jeff and Hunter decide to develop a musical number for the New York Musical Theatre Festival?

The [Title of Show] is an intense character study about what it takes to make it in the rough and tumble world of friendship. Protagonists, Jeff and Hunter enlist the help of their pals Susan and Heidi to be part of this act.

The songs performed to carry the plot forward and a few of the best numbers include “Change It, Don’t Change It” and “An Original Musical.”

With “A Way Back to Then,” Heidi (Sarah Carle) demonstrates her vocal talent with this solo number, and if comparisons can be made to a different Broadway play, Little Shop of Horrors, this tune has the brilliance of “Suddenly Seymour” in terms of the intensity it evokes and emotes. Carle gives this number the same strength and drama with equal effect.

The other stars get a moment to shine in their solo performances, but when paired, the male duets aren’t as perfect when one of them has to go falsetto.

The humourous additions to this show are unique and engaging–some of it intentional, since the play is structured to break the fourth wall. The cast is writing the play they are performing and at a few times, willfully acknowledge it with great comedic effect. When Jeff interacts with Larry the Keyboardist (Phil Hallman), that’s when this product’s uniqueness starts to shine.

It’s a shame Larry didn’t have a larger role. Some Cable Guy moments would leave quite the stamp.

3½ Stars out of 5

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