Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Every Story Ever Told finds a following
Blue eyes blazing, Ryan Gladstone sweats up a storm in this solo show, and on Friday evening he had most of the audience in stitches. Not me so much, but don’t worry; he’s got a following. For about the first 20 minutes of this hourlong piece, Gladstone synopsizes stories. “Two 13-year-olds fuck and die: Romeo and Juliet.” And he points out similarities: most crime dramas and hospital dramas have the same plots. Then, in a long improv section, he builds a story with the audience, using classic elements such as the Inciting Incident. I admire Gladstone’s technique and enjoy his bonhomie, but I was never deeply engaged or surprised.
In Carousel Theatre on September 10 (10:45 p.m.), 11 (6:45 p.m.), 12 (10:45 p.m.), 13 (8 p.m.), 14 (6 p.m.), 15 (8 p.m.), 16 (11:45 p.m.), 17 (3 p.m.), and 18 (8:45 p.m.)