Two Vancouver Fringe selections: The Traveller, Going On

Vancouver Fringe is just about here (September 10-20). Come out and get to some shows–it is really one of the most fun festivals you can go to in Vancouver. If you are unsure what to attend, start with the very fun Georgia Straight Fringe-For-All where various Fringe performers give a two-minute preview. Try to hit the 1/2-price shows if you are worried about committing the full ticket price. Buy a 10-ticket Frequent Fringer pass if you still can. If both of the shows here sound too serious, there’s always Quack Quack Penis and many, many others.

Both The Traveller and Going On have intriguing storylines and themes of travel and self-discovery as well. As someone who loves to travel incessantly, I am drawn to both of them.

The Traveller is a one-man show featuring Vancouver actor and musician Max Kashetsky, at The Havana (which is a great venue, and may be easier to get to than Granville Island for a lot of people).

The Traveller show times: http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/the%20traveller/events

Be careful what you look for, you just might find it. The Traveller is a stark, gripping, poetic morality tale about the dark side of travel, one young man’s memories of Central America and how far he went to find something real. Written by avid backpacker/playwright Daniel Morton and directed by film industry veteran Cecilia Davis.

Daniel Morton wrote El Centro which was featured in the Fringe last year. I have been told that there are some echoes of El Centro in The Traveller, but they are two very different works. I am really looking forward to seeing this.

Going On is acclaimed actor Elizabeth Richardson’s memoir, and she presents it as a one-woman show. Show times at Studio 1398 at Granville Island:

http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/going%20on/events

Drawing from her own life, Richardson counterpoints her adventures as a young actress on a famous theatre tour with Peter O’Toole in Toronto, Chicago and Washington with her later challenges as a Buddhist on a three-year meditation retreat in Nova Scotia. All is seen through the eyes of a dozen characters played by Richardson, including Peter O’Toole and classic characters from Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya and Noel Coward’s Present Laughter. Richardson navigates the razor edge of funny and poignant, in this compelling, raw and hilarious account of the paradoxical life of a Buddhist actress.

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