Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Arnie the Carnie's House of Fun exposes lies
Vancouver TheatreSports veteran Brian Anderson informs, exposes, and entertains in this “festival of fabrication, deluge of deception, and landslide of lies”—a journey into the world of the carnie. Arnie shows us how to tell if someone’s lying; demonstrates the intricacies of con games like three-card monte, which is “not a game, it’s a play for an audience of one”; and undertakes some physical stunts that are not for the faint of heart. Matt Grinke adds polish and comedic punctuation with his ragtime piano accompaniment; he also performs some impressive feats of mental skill. Anderson’s a warmly assured guide in this shadowy territory, and he packs a whole lot of fun into one hour.
At Performance Works on September 12 (6:30 p.m.), September 14 (7:45 p.m.), September 15 (5 p.m.), and 18 (7:50 p.m.)