The Canadian Improv Showcase (CIS): Their 700th live performance!
“The Showcase have a long list (15 years) of honours, including representing Canada in a cultural exchange with Singapore, performing at the prestigious Bar None Club. “They are the only improv group to be invited to perform at venues as diverse as the St. Lawrence Centre, and the infamous Kingston Penitentiary. They have won numerous improv competitions and were voted “Best of the Fest” two years in a row at both the London and Toronto Fringe Festivals. It’s a ‘can’t miss’ show for people who like improv.” www.canadianimprovshowcase.com
The Fevergraph production of “Love, Loss & Leonard”
Whose not a fan of Leonard Cohen? This show promises to be a favorite with his wealth of fantastic material to build a show around!
Fevergraph is the work of Tosha Doiron of Vancouver and Hamilton’s Paula Grove. Both women have impressive bios; Dorion reaped the 2012 Toronto Best of Fringe and the Patron’s Pick award for “Help Yourself”. She has performed professionally with Vancouver’s Carousel Theatre, and Thunder Bay’s Magnus Theatre. Her TV & film credits include Supernatural, Psych, Smallville, Zoe Busiek Wildcard, Storm Seekers and Blonde and Blonder.
Grove has performed at The Shaw Festival, CanStage and the legendary Caravan Stage Company, a traveling ensemble that lives and works on a 30-meter tallship. She has performed numerous times at The Pearl with the Artword Ensemble. www.fevergraph.com
“pomme is french for apple”
Liza Paul and Bahia Watson describe their show “pomme is french for apple” as ”a fresh, funny, irreverent and distinctly west indian look at womanhood in all its glory: its perils, its pleasures and all kinda madness in between,” and critics hailed it as “a real gem…an honest, intelligent and wildly funny play” –THEATROMANIA.
Paul and Watson are stopping in to Hamilton on their way to New York, to perform “pomme” in the Big Apple! www.pommeisfrenchforapple.com
Ryan Sero’s “Romeo and Juliet: An Escapist Comedy”
Local playwright and actor Ryan Sero follows up an impressive list of recent successes with a project that he has been working on for some time, a retelling of a classic love story.
“Romeo and Juliet: An Escapist Comedy” promises only the barest of homage to the Bard. Sero, has become known for his snappy wit and unpredictable plotlines; he previously scored with A Modicum of Freedom (Pick of the Fringe, 2009), and won the audience choice award at the HamilTEN Festival (also at the Pearl Company) for his hysterical and beautifully acted “The Cheese”.
Shari Vandermolen with “My Funny Valentine”.
One of Canada’s finest voices, Vandermolen promises to both break and meld hearts with her musical tribute to love, “My Funny Valentine”. Vandermolen has won two Best of Fringe Awards, plus two Western Ontario Drama League “Best Actress” awards, and has twice been the feature performer on stage at Theatre Aquarius.
My Funny Valentine will close the Festival August 25 at 9 pm, for one show only. www.quarter2nineproductions.com
Tickets are $15 per show, available in advance by Paypal, by email, or by phone. Contact The Pearl Company at 905.524.0606 and www.thepearlcompany.ca