Vancouver Fringe Festival review: FIX

    1 of 1 2 of 1

      The Elegant Ladies Collective takes audiences on a journey up and down Railspur Alley, where grey-clad performers share their personal stories of addiction: to drugs, food, smoking, even authority.

      There’s a range of skills in the writing and acting, but the courage and good intentions of the performers are never in doubt. I especially appreciated Sofia Waqar’s stillness as she recalls sharing the “medicine” of cigarettes with her father and the aching lyricism of Griffin Tedeschini’s poetry (“I want to be incandescent; I want to be monumental”).

      Director Leslie Stark uses the site well, creating some arresting pictures with her cast of 13, who encompass a variety of ages and body types rarely seen in conventional theatre.