Vancouver Fringe Festival review: Beaver Dreams

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      Fringe shows don’t get any more Canadian than this: it’s bilingual, it’s set on a lake with a cabin, and the stars are our country’s most industrious rodents.

      Combining animation, interviews, live action, and puppets, Maggie Winston and Mika Laulainen tell the story of a multigenerational battle between beavers and humans at Winston’s family cabin in Quebec. The play manages to be both deeply personal and deeply wacky as the beavers repeatedly rebuild their dam; the range of puppet techniques and physical playfulness never stops surprising. The performers are clearly having a blast, and it’s infectious: this is a family-friendly show (my 10-year-old son loved it) full of fun you can sink your teeth into.

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