CFUV @ Uno Fest 2015: Kick-off post from Hugo

Written by on 05/08/2015

Uno Fest is here, and I’ll be taking on eight of the 16 shows featured in the festival, as well as one slam event. It’ll be a rollicking ride — I’ve never seen more than two shows at a single theatre festival before. Check back for reviews until May 23, as well as an interview with Conor Wylie from eatingthegame. Here are just some of the shows I’m eager to see.

6 Guitars: It’s a show that’s been around the block, so to speak. It premiered in 2010, and it’s earned rave reviews since. I’m interested to see a more mature production, and of course, evaluating the main concept: six stories accompanied by the sound of six guitars all played by one Chase Padgett.

eatingthegame: The soaring price of Vancouver real estate is oft-discussed by locals, and the conversation often turns towards the buyers, many of whom earned their wealth in Asia. The clash of East and West is well-trodden territory online; Fresh off the Boat is bringing that discussion to mainstream TV, but I’m curious to see how the stage can add a new dimension to a discussion with no easy answers.

The Rendez-vous: A woman waits for her date, but instead of tapping her toes, she puts on a circus show. Set in the 1920s, The Rendez-vous is sure to be a movement-driven narrative, and I look forward to the physical feats like navigating aerial silks or a Cyr wheel.

Sea Sick: A science journalist lays out the facts about our ailing oceans on stage in dramatized form, based on her book of the same name. Much is made of the fact that Alanna Mitchell is not an professional actor, just a journalist with a story to share. I want to see exactly how Mitchell makes the performance more than just a compelling lecture.

For details on all the other shows at Uno Fest including prices and showtimes, click here.

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