When Little Orange Man hit the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2011, it was an instant hit. How could you not be sucked in by the story of a hyperactive schoolgirl who turns the contents of her lunchbox—lettuce, celery, an apple, and slices of bread—into puppets she uses to tell her stories? At the time, our critic called it “a charming combination of inspiration and technique, and a wacky invitation to play and connect”. Well, now the Fringe is bringing the one-act back in its new spring-theatre series, and, better yet, it’s pairing it with its sequel, Kitt & Jane, on alternating nights. Subtitled An Interactive Survival Guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future, the second piece finds Kitt, now 14, teaming up with her pal to hijack a school assembly to warn people about the end of the world. Shows are at Studio 1398, with Orange on-stage Wednesday and Friday (May 7 and 9) and Kitt happening Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (May 8, 10, and 11).
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