After the moderately successful Winnipeg and Saskatoon runs, the show started to come together a bit more solidly--just in time for Victoria, where I had the most success of any Fringe Festival I've done so far. Lies! won the top spot in the Pick of the Fringe voting, as determined by audience members, and even had a couple of sellouts. A solid review off the top helped a bit, and there were some other good bounces that led to the show being successful in that festival.
The show going well in Victoria was fortunate, since the
key Vancouver theatre critic comes to Victoria to review some of the
Vancouver bound shows. Fortunately, Colin Thomas liked the show
(which felt good, as although I'll occasionally disagree with him, I've
always respected and enjoyed his work--much more so than other theatre critics across Canada), and he included it in the Georgia Straight's top recommendations (it was also reviewed by The Snipe). After a couple of medium houses, I managed to sell out the rest of the run. Not the greatest accomplishment in the world, since the theatre was only 60 seats, but still something.
The prize for winning Pick of the Fringe in Victoria is every bit as glorious as you'd hope: