FRINGE REVIEW: Sold-Out House Launches Weird Comedy

Monday Magazine's Theatre critic reviews Morgan Cranny's Vasily Djokavich

Morgan Cranny gets the gold star for originality with this humorous look at comedy about Russia.  I mean, what can possibly be funny about this grim state with its unpleasant dictator?  But somehow he and Mike Delacourt have written an amusing, hour-long commentary, delivered in Cranny’s lugubrious style, which produced smiles and laughter from its packed first-night audience.

Vladimir Poutin’s decidedly unsmiling face dominates the stage; Cranny keeps referring to this ‘democratically-elected president-for-life’ which gets a laugh every time.  He also calls himself ‘Russia’s #1state-appproved comedian, and describes what he had to go through to end up with this title.  The dark humour is in the details, for example getting shot if you don’t succeed in the career the state has chosen for you.

One interlude has Cranny inviting a person onto the stage (must be a certain age and gender) to participate in a quiz, the prize being a shot of vodka for each correct answer.  He calls the drink ‘hard Russian water.’  Don’t ask why this is hilarious, I guess you have to be there.

Vasily Djokavich — Russia’s #1 State Approved Comedian plays at the Downtown Community Centre, 755 Pandora Street for 5 more performances during the Fringe Festival:

Friday August 25 at 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 26 at 3:00 pm

Monday August 28 at 7:15 pm

Friday Sept 1 at 10:45 pm

Sunday September 3 at 2:45 pm

Tickets $11. Don’t forget your Fringe Button!

Just Posted

DANCING ANYONE? Museum puts a swing into your step

Royal BC Museum hosting its next adult-only Night Shift event, a swing dance/mixer

Getting OUT with Intrepid Theatre

OUTstages queer theatre festival features packed week of entertainment for fifth anniversary

Vic High theatre staging musical class struggle tale

Cry Baby a love story and social commentary piece presented with campy style

Readers Theatre returns to Congregation Emanu-El

Audience members encouraged to envision plays’ actions from hearing scripts

The Trojan Women and their ancient story coming to Phoenix Theatre

UVic theatre department to stage Euripedes’ Greek tragedy about the aftermath of war

VIDEO: RBCM’s Wonder Sunday brings fossils into focus

Every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. kids learn about science and history through interactive activities

B.C. animators land Oscar nominations

‘Animal Behaviour’ by Vancouver’s David Fine and Alison Snowden among several Canadians on the short list

Hollywood announces 2019 Oscar nominations

Netflix has scored its first best picture nomination, something the streaming giant has dearly sought

Reflections of Ladysmith: The Art of Michael Dean

Work, place and people are inseparable for Vancouver Island painter

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Sidney Museum’s Lego Exhibition larger than ever

Hundreds of thousands of pieces on display in creations big and small, now through March 31

2019 Canadian Whisky Awards’ big winners announced

Awards held in conjunction with Victoria Whisky Festival

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Most Read