; Fun! Fun! Vancouver!: August 2007

Monday, 13 August 2007

Under The Bridge Downtown

Friday night was the preview of Boca Del Lupo's latest summer extravaganza, Quasimodo, a retelling of Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame. If you've never been to their annual free summer show, then this is NOT to be missed! Usually done in the wild woods of Stanley Park, the troupe had to move locations this year due to the wind storm damage that was done to the park earlier this year.

Instead, they found themselves a home right underneath the Burrard Street Bridge. It's actually a perfect locale - dark shadows, gloomy corners, and concrete pillars make it the ideal set for a hunchbacked bellringer. While most of the Boca summer shows have simple storylines that are relatively easy to follow, as it is a family affair, Quasimodo is much more complex and at times a little complicated. Take into account of course that they had to face the daunting task of adapting Hugo's epic tale into a family-friendly 90 minute show. However, the sets and the location are enough to make this a must-do this summer.

That is, if you can get tickets. Apparently, the show - although free, the public had to reserve tickets in advance - sold out in a matter of 23 minutes. However, you can try placing your bets on cancellations and show up hoping that you'll get in, which you most likely will. More about the show here.