This week in (gay) Vancouver: LGBTQ shows you don’t want to miss at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

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The 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival is now underway.  Here are capsule reviews of the shows with LGBTQ themes that you won’t want to miss at this year’s festival:

Ludwig & Lohengrin

Using a large white bed sheet, Rakoz dazzles us with shadow puppets and seamlessly moves from one character to the next as he tells this little known piece of Bavarian history. Never missing a beat, Rakoz manages to compress a lifetime into just sixty minutes with clarity and surprises.  Funny and poignant, this is one biography worth exploring.  Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

Kyall Rakoz in Ludwig & Lohengrin.  Photo by Jonathan Bower.

Kyall Rakoz in Ludwig & Lohengrin. Photo by Jonathan Bower.

The Chariot Cities

There is so much going on in The Chariot Cities that it sometimes feels like it is going to collapse under its own weight, but this talented cast not only gives us some beautifully realized moments, it leaves us wanting more. Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

The cast of The Chariot Cities. Photo by Gaelan Beatty.

The cast of The Chariot Cities. Photo by Gaelan Beatty.

Roller Derby Saved My Soul

The transformation of Amy from introverted nerd lost in a world of Buffy and Xena to roller derby queen is not only heartwarming, it is a rallying cry for the countless wallflowers to stand-up and take a chance.  Kenny is not only a superb storyteller, but she actually skates too.  It is the most fun you’re going to have on eight wheels at this year’s Fringe.  Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

Nancy Kenny in Roller Derby Saved My Soul. Photo by Richard Gilmore

Nancy Kenny in Roller Derby Saved My Soul. Photo by Richard Gilmore

Meatloaf Jesus

Playwright Damian Rumph captures a relatable story for anyone having grown up (gay) in the 80s in Meatloaf Jesus. And as the 80s references come as fast and furious, Rumph does manage to show us at least some of the beef. Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

Meatloaf Jesus

Meatloaf Jesus

The Masks of Oscar Wilde

Many would argue that the Fringe is all about risks in exploring new ways to tell stories. The Masks of Oscar Wilde attempts that and while not always successful, it is surprisingly refreshing. Read the entire review at Vancouver Presents.

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The Masks of Oscar Wilde

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