July 22, 2007

CBC Loves Them Some Giant Killer Shark!

Winnipeg is awesome! We've only had two shows so far but they've both been SIIICCCKKK, and we're gearing up for a straight run of four shows over the next four days. Tell your friends! We hope they're pretty!

The wonderful folks at CBC Manitoba have posted an excellent four-star review of our show. We really like CBC Manitoba. A lot.

Based on a certain copyright-protected movie that begins with “J” and ends with “aws,” this is 50 minutes of sure-fire entertainment for those who like a healthy dose of irony with their musicals. This hit from last year’s Toronto Fringe is clearly aimed at a demographic that probably wasn’t even born when that 1975 shark movie came out. It hilariously skewers the conventions of musicals - particularly in the opening number where we’re introduced to our main characters. “We’re living on a copyright-protected island,” they sing. “And it totally kicks ass/’Cause there are no sharks.” Yes, it’s not brilliant lyricism, but it is very, very funny. We get everything from the break-dancing Grizzled New York City Cop (Graham Losee) to a rapping fisherman (Aaron Zorgel) to a very funny autopsy number performed by the Hippie Scientist (writer Sam Sutherland). The music’s catchy, and while the three performers individually don’t have the strongest voices, they do hit some really great harmonies together. The energy in the show is manic, and while it may seem a little silly to some, if you don’t take musicals - or shark movies - all that seriously, it’s tremendous fun. Don’t be afraid to go into the waters of Giant Killer Shark.

CBC Rating: Four Bars

Reviewed by: Joff Schmidt

We paid him a lot of money.

Also, we're blogging for the CBC for the next week! Check out our deepest thoughts and darkest fears here.


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