AUGUST 2023 | Volume 230


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Candy Roberts as LARRY. Photo graphic by Chris Ross.

by Candice Roberts
Studio 16, 1545 W. 7th Ave.
Sept. 7-16


Vancouver-based artist Candice Roberts's daring and provocative gender-bending show LARRY will play at STUDIO 16 as part of the Vancouver Fringe Festival from September 7th to the 17th.

Picking up from the world premiere and rise of her 2019 international tour for LARRY, award-winning Canadian Clown Artist Candice Roberts assumes her alter ego in a comedic piece about one dude's hilarious attempt at self-improvement. With rock and roll, a little life-couching, and a dip into his own psyche, Larry uncovers a little more femininity than anyone expected. 

Roberts claims to be a recovering people pleaser and says that Clown School Saved Her Life. LARRY is used to explore her experiences growing up as a female in rural BC, Canada in the 1980s and to transform family challenges into laughter and joy. Culled lovingly from the male archetypes that surrounded her during her upbringing, Larry compassionately examines the limitations of the gender binary, aging as a woman, and the complexities of being human. 

NYC Encore Series Award 2019/
Colin Thomas' Best Theatre of 2019/
Artistic Risk Award- Vancouver 2019/
Pick of the Fringe- Vancouver, Edmonton 2019/
Critics Pick- Orlando 2020/
Best in Canada- Play the Fool Film Fest (for Larry'll Learn You, Episode 4)

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Testimonial for LARRY: 
"a highly skilled physical comedian, and, as you'll see in the course of Larry, [Roberts's] bravery is virtually unlimited" - Liz Nichols

"This superior, adult-oriented clowning comedy is far deeper than it first appears. It's funny, weird, and telling — with something important to say."- Orlando Sentinel

"Roberts is a PRO Clown- she nails it in a way that had me GUT laughing for the entire performance."- Riot Mueller, New Orleans Box Office

"I don't transcend in the theatre on a regular basis, but Larry opened me up and took me to a higher plane. Roberts's clowning technique is first-rate — once she gets you laughing, she will not fucking let up."- Colin Thomas - Simply the Best of 2019

This is a daring, weird, hilarious show with headbanging, so basically everything you could want.- Andrea Warner, Georgia Straight

Created and Performed by Candice Roberts
Directed by Sonia Norris
Technical Direction Chantel Fry

September 7, 2023 5.00pm
September 9, 2023 9.40pm
September 10, 2023 1.00pm
September 13, 2023 7.15pm
September 14, 2023 10.10pm
September 16, 2023 8.00pm

1555 W 7th Ave

WHO: Award-winning comedy artist Candice Roberts

FOR WHO: Ages 18+ Warning: nudity, coarse language, strobe, haze, alcohol

CANDICE ROBERTS: Writer and Performer
Candice Roberts is a Canadian Comedy artist and fifth-generation European-Canadian settler based in unceded Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səlílwətaɬ(Tsleil- Waututh), and xwməθkwəyəm (Musqueam) territories, also known as Vancouver. Her original works encompass physical theatre, music, and clown to investigate the humor and heartbreak of our social and human conditions. She is a somatic practitioner and an avid researcher of CREATIVITY, and the connections between self-expression, mental health, and community. Candice tours internationally with her award-winning solo show; LARRY, a "daring, provocative and hilarious" gender-bending feminist comedy. She is also the artistic director of CANDY BONES THEATRE which devises and tours innovative, immersive, and original theatre for young audiences. Watch out for IDEAS BOBERT, a ridiculous family comedy in the likes of Charlie Chaplin and OOPSIE, a physical comedy about the ART OF FAILURE!

SONIA NORRIS: Director, Dramaturge, and Clown Coach
Sonia Norris is an LA-based physical theatre director specializing in the development of new work with theatre, circus, clown, mask, and puppetry companies including Rogue Artists Ensemble, Los Angeles (Reckless Sea of the Brain), Handspring Puppet Company, South Africa (Olifantland, Renosterbos), Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Cymbeline), LuminatoFestival (Taj), Red Sky Performance (Mistatim), Cirqiniq Arctic Circus (The Three Girls), Common Boots Theatre (Ballad of Weedy Peetstraw), HIFA Festival, Zimbabwe (When You Stand Alone, I Have a Dream!...), LEGacy Circus (Cyborg E.R.I.N.), Banff Centre Indigenous Dance (Transformations), SoCirc Social Circus (Carnival of Life), and Workman Arts (Masks of Madness). Upcoming directing projects include Candice Roberts Theatre's clown show LARRY for the Montreal Clown Festival, and the bouffon/puppet/video production Extinction Burst, with Winnipeg artist Lisa Walter. Sonia trained in physical theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in France, Ecole Philippe Gaulier in England, and the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre in California. She is a graduate of the Playhouse Acting School in Canada and holds an MFA in Directing from York University. Her clown, bouffon, and puppetry research has been published internationally. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor/Head of Acting in the Theatre Department at California State University Northridge.

DEANNA FLEYSHER: Additional Clown Coach

Deanna Fleysher is a comedy artist, teacher, and director devoted to audience inclusion. She created Foreplay, an erotic improv comedy show that ran for a year at the People's Improv Theater in NY and was featured at the Chicago Improv Festival. She created, produced, and starred in Kill Me Loudly: A Clown Noir and The Kapinski Private Eye Academy at the NY Clown Theatre Festival. She created the Naked Comedy Lab, a workshop for training in interactive/immersive comedy and clown/bouffon. She is the director and co-writer of Red Bastard, the internationally acclaimed bouffon show. Currently, she tours her award-winning solo show BUTT KAPINSKI and teaches Naked Comedy labs in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. and worldwide. 



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