Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Poly Queer Love Ballad

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      Be still, my heart. I defy you not to swoon as Sara Vickruck’s Gaby, a butch dyke singer-songwriter, and Anais West’s Nina, a bisexual poet, meet and fall in love on open-mike night at Cafe Deux Soleils. That opposites attract becomes clear in their concise getting-to-know-you exchanges, like:

       Nina: Do you read?

      Gaby: Harry Potter. You?

      Nina: Novellas.

      Gaby: What?

      The complicated intimacy between old-fashioned romantic Gaby (“Do you believe in God?”) and polyamorous Nina (“You into threesomes?”) is beautifully mapped in Vickruck’s songs and West’s passionate poems, which celebrate sexual ecstasy and cozy domesticity, sometimes within a single beat.

      Vickruck plays guitar, sings, and uses a loop pedal to create music that is rhythmically and emotionally adventurous, and her lyrics are often hilarious, with references to gender-neutral bathrooms and the Naam. Under Julie McIsaac’s direction, West is the grounded anchor to Vickruck’s frisky puppy; both are thoroughly charming. Go see this and make it the hit it deserves to be.

      At the Revue Stage on September 8 (2:45 p.m.), 9 (3:30 p.m.), 10 (9:15 p.m.), 14 (10:15 p.m.), and 16 (5:15 p.m.)