The Pick of the Fringe 2017 Announced!

The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival may have wrapped up but the Fringe celebrations goes on as the Public Market Pick of the Fringe has been announced!

Receiving rave reviews, great word-of-mouth, and just kept their shows a-buzz over the course of the festival, this year’s picks will be back for another performance!  All shows will be at Performance Works at 1218 Cartwright Street in Granville Island.

Swordplay: A Play of Swords
Wednesday, September 20 at 8:45pm

Chandelier-swinging, dastardly schemes and swordfights, swordfights, swordfights await as Sex T-Rex bring their signature style to the stage, dipping their rapier wit into all things sordid and sworded.

“I sat on the edge of my seat, bounced up and down, giggled, and howled with laughter.” —Deneh’Cho Thompson for

An Arrangement of Shoes
Thursday, September 21 at 8:45pm

Set in an Indian railway colony during the Gulf War, this poignant family portrait is a captivating solo performance about family and global history in the Age of Faith.

“Magnetic piece of theatre … remarkable storytelling.” —Extra! Extra!

Cry-Baby: The Musical
Saturday, September 23 at 6:45pm

Allison Vernon-Williams is drawn across the tracks from her 1954 finishing-school background into a relationship with the orphaned Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker, the leader of a pack of rebel outcasts.

“This over-the-top satiric musical with a sincere and timeless message is a rocking good time.” —Vince Kanasoot, the Georgia Straight

Bombay Black by Anosh Irani
Saturday, September 23 at 9:00pm

The lives of an Indian exotic dancer and her embittered mother are altered when a blind stranger visits them. Anosh Irani’s Dora Award-winning Bombay Black is a searing play set in the bitter reality of India.

“One of the most harrowing, unsettling, and mesmerizing plays I’ve ever seen.” —Andrea Warner, the Georgia Straight

Multiple Organism
Sunday, September 24 at 6:00pm

Mind of a Snail’s risquést show yet! A gender and genre bending surrealist comedy for adults: live projections, puppetry, and an original musical score. Use your invagination!

“Even diehard fans of Mind of a Snail … are in for a surprise—and a treat.” —Kathleen Oliver, the Georgia Straight

Chris & Travis
Sunday, September 24 at 7:45pm

Travis Bernhardt and Chris Ross scribble outside the lines of improv comedy with their high energy, hilarious and surreal two-man show.

“Forty-five minutes of delightful absurd silliness.” —Penny Warwick, Two Cents & Two Pence

The Fringe is also hosting the Pick Plus, Fringe hits that are so good they are brought back from Fringe’s past or from other Fringe Fests!

The Merkin Sisters
Wednesday, September 20 at 7:00pm

These formerly-famous sisters leave the house for the first time in a decade as they risk everything to present their “Ultimate Work of Art.

“Their skits swing from superbly graceful to absolutely bizarre.” —Orlando Sentinel

Give It Up
Thursday, September 21 at 7:00pm

Morgan Brayton has it all! Well, she has questions about it all. Where is her husband Scott Baio? When is SNL going to call? What happened to her big break? Did she miss it? Is this it?

“Brayton delivers with panache and incredible timing.” —Entertainment Vancouver

Shirley Gnome: Taking It Up The Notch
Friday, September 22 at 7:00pm

Explicitly honest songs about sex and human nature. A country, folk, soft-rock, and pop cabaret mashed with wickedly witty lyrics and dark social commentary—with a dollop of empowerment and a dash of sequins.

“Hilarious … Gnome is a disarmingly likeable performer.” —Chortle (UK)

Peter n’ Chris’ Best Bits
Friday, September 22 at 8:45pm

A night of sketch, friendship, and laughs from a comic duo that’s been writing sketches and comedy shows for almost nine years—and after all that time have finally accumulated one show’s worth of pretty great material!

“The two comics exhibit a remarkable chemistry, an irresistible energy.” —Edmonton Sun

All Pick Plus shows will be presented at Performance Works, located at 1218 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. Tickets are $25 each.

Partial proceeds from Pick and Pick Plus shows go to support the Vancouver Fringe Festival.  Tickets are on sale now!

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