From Fringe 2018


Virtual Productions 3000—PLATFORM Centre

The premise is simple: someone from the audience provides a topic and actors Stephen Sim and Caity Curtis develop a skit based on the background. The actors take quite a bit of time to propound the virtues and the newness of the technology. If you have no virtual reality experience, this will open your eyes.

As for the sketches, the performers are not up to the calibre of the usual improv actors you see at Fringe. They struggle frequently with material, leaving numerous gaps of silence. Curtis especially looks like she struggles for fill, with Sim reaching to bridge the gaps. Despite the awkward moments, the results end up fun to watch.

A couple of hints:
1.This venue (Venue #24, not Venue #7 across the atrium) is the hottest I’ve experienced yet. They offer complimentary water on site. You should take it to keep hydrated, or better yet, bring your own refillable water bottle to save the plastic.
2.This room is very cramped and not tiered. If you’re in the back row, you may not see very well. I highly recommend you get here early to get a front row seat to get the best (and only) full-screen view.

Ray Yuen