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Newsletter: Secret Performance Rituals and Black Friday Theatre Deals!

By admin | December 11, 2015

Buy One, Get One Free!

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USE CODE BLACKFRIDAYFRINGE to get a FREE ticket to any Fringe Presents show when you purchase one regularly priced Fringe Presents ticket!

Today is Black Friday and from now until midnight on Cyber Monday, the Fringe and Theatre Wire are offering you an amazing deal on tickets to any of our Fringe Presents shows! Buy one regular priced ticket and get the second ticket FREE! You can use this deal to buy yourself tickets to two different shows or buy two tickets to the same show and bring a friend! Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAYFRINGE to take advantage of this deal!

Fine Print:
* One code per person
* Regular priced tickets only
* Coupon code expires midnight November 30, 2015
* The coupon is only for: Peter n’ Chris, High Tea, The Unfortunate Ruth, and One-Man Dark Knight

*This promotion is now over–make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter for the next amazing deal!


Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral Opens December 3!

If you don’t have your tickets to see Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson navigate the wild, wild west, you better get on it before they sell out! Use code BLACKFRIDAYFRINGE* to bring a friend, because nothing would be better than seeing these two best buds with your best bud!

*Black Friday promotion has now ended.

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While you wait to see the show, here’s a special Theatre Wire Q&A with Peter Carlone, a.k.a Peter of Peter n’ Chris, a.k.a Peter Earp of theKinda OK Corral.

What can audiences expect from a performance?
Our main hope is for them to have a good time; that’s really what it’s all about. Don’t expect us to stick too carefully to the script or story, if we find something funny that night, or the audience is particularly into something, we will go with it for a bit to see where it goes.

What things do you want your performances to prompt people to think about?
Wellllll, our shows are a little different in that sense. We don’t really have a message to speak of aside from “just come laugh.” Comedy is the message. I think it’s one of the most important parts of life—you’ve gotta laugh at stuff.

Does your team have any rehearsal or performance rituals?
We definitely have some performance rituals, and they are SECRET. Sometimes we do vocal warmups, where we just walk around the stage shouting “VOCAL WARMUP” as sort of a “screw you” to our years at theatre school—years that we loved.

Who do you want to see this show the most?
We had Louis CK see one of our sets once, so that’s pretty great. As far as Vancouverites? I’d love the mayor to see it (he’s seen two of our shows now) or maybe the whole Canucks team? Like, if they are just looking for something to do one night…

Who is your favourite Vancouver based actor and why?
My favourite Vancouver based actor would be a toss up between Andrew Wheeler or Emma Slipp. Andrew Wheeler did a scene for this Silly Murder mystery thing I put together, and STILL gave 110% in the performance; he doesn’t know how to NOT act amazingly. Emma Slipp is just so damn watchable to me. Her work in ITSAZOO‘s Killer Joe was essentially perfect. Seriously, she’s like Denzel Washington levels of engaging to watch. I could watch her eat pudding on stage for an hour and I’d still pay 60$ for the ticket.


Peter really does love Wendy’s. Check out his hashtag on Twitter, #PetersGettingWendys.

Favourite restaurant in Vancouver?
The Wendy’s on Broadway and Cambie is the greatest restaurant in Western Canada, second only to the Wendy’s on 37th Ave in Calgary, if you count that as western Canada.

What inspired you to do this play?
Chris and I love spoofing genres all the time, and when it came time to write the next show, a Western was almost without question something we both wanted to explore.

What are you most looking forward to about the performances?
It’s great to remount a show again to see what new stuff will happen, due to how loose the show can get sometimes. We are also looking forward to the line dance.

What is something that people don’t know about your show that they should?
Maybe they should know that we watched a bunch of Westerns before we started writing? Or I suppose we were just too lazy to start writing?

What’s the most unexpected thing someone on your team does when they aren’t working in theatre?
Chris and I spend a lot of time writing and performing this stuff now, but before, I worked at Science World doing science shows, and Chris parked cars at Trump Tower in Toronto.

Why does Vancouver need this play now?
Vancouver needs a good comedy now because it’s getting real grumpy out there with the weather changes. And so why not just come have a few (maybe a few too many) beers and get some laughs?

Were there any moments in the creation or rehearsal of this piece when you thought you might not make it through?
Always. Sometimes there are moments while performing the show where we think we might not make it through.

Who is your favourite teacher and why?
My favourite teacher is my high school science teacher, he pulled me aside one hard day and whispered to me, “You know none of this matters right? High school is a joke, just learn how to take notes and talk to other people and then get out of here, you are gonna love it on the outside.” He was right, and that basically turned me into a happier person and comedian.

What does Vancouver’s Theatre scene need?
It needs a Sketch Comedy Festival! Oh WAIT! It does have one! In fact, the Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival is going into year three and will be at the Waterfront theatre and other spots, January 14, 15, and 16! Get your tickets soon at

Peter n’ Chris and the Kinda OK Corral runs December 3-5 at Studio 1398 on Granville Island. Tickets available here.


Last Chance! Dressing for a Wedding and 52 Pick-up close this weekend!

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Sara Andrina Brown and Dan Willows work out scenes from their relationship, different scenes and a different order nightly! Photo by Sabrina Evertt

You can see Twenty-Something Theatre’s 52 Pick-up every night of it’s run and you’d be in for a different show every time.

K.C. Novak sets the scene in a review for Prism Magazine: “Nestled in the back corner of the Havana Theatre, two chairs and a rug sit on the black box stage. Internal monologues, phone calls, post-coital pillow talk, café scenes, and soliloquies of singledom are performed within the definitive boundaries of the stage, creating a consistent story structure despite chance.”

You don’t have to be between 20 and 29 to enjoy 52 Pick-up, or the ambiance of the Havana Theatre on Commercial Drive, but if you are, as the review mentions, “it’s everything a twenty-something night out should have: comedy, pot jokes, locally produced art, and a bar waiting nearby.”

Don’t miss the last few nights of 52 Pick-up and get your tickets now!

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Opening night reflections at Dressing for a Wedding via Solo Collective Theatre’s Facebook page.

This weekend is also your last chance to see Dressing for a Wedding, a dark comedy about a mother’s desperate attempts to run her daughter’s wedding rehearsal while keeping family secrets from exposing themselves!

Check out Mark Robin’s review of Dressing for a Wedding in Vancouver Presents!

Tickets and more information onDressing for a Wedding and 52 Pick-up are available through Theatre Wire here.

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