July 24, 2007

The Peg! Again! Reviews!

WinniPEG? More like WinniAWESOME! Yeah, it's so true. We've somehow sold out our last two shows (yesterday sold out in about ten minutes), which is insane because our venue is about 50% bigger than the one we had for Toronto Fringe. Thanks, Winnipeg. I owe you fifty million beers.

Check out these righteous reviews. These people rule. Forever. Oh, and you're not reading that wrong - WE GOT FIVE STARS IN THE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. I LOVE WINNIPEG.

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From the Winnipeg Free Press

Just when you thought it was safe, this jaw-droppingly funny spoof of Steven Spielberg's fish tale delivers a massive attack of Amity insanity to the fringe.

The killer Toronto cast -- led by the fabulously footloose Graham Losee (Road to Avonlea) as Grizzled New York City Cop -- gets laughs from the first big musical bite, the poppy song Livin' on a Copyrighted-Protected Island, and there's just no stopping them. The trio of main characters -- playwright-songwriter Sam Sutherland plays Hippie Scientist, with Aaron Zorgel as Crazy Old Fisherman -- plow through a broadly winking, rapid-fire parody. Grizzled Cop fights to overcome the resort town's denial amid charges he's an "aquaphobe" America-hater; Hippie Scientist crashes a town meeting, and that harpoon-happy old fisherman joins the pair on a drunken, homoerotic shark-hunting expedition, all set to impressive three-part harmonies, with energized dance numbers, including a showstopper autopsy scene that incorporates hip-hop, ska, techno and a little shimmy action for good measure. Wade in early. This 50-minute show is destined to be a monster hit.

FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!

- Pat St. Germain

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From the Winnipeg Sun

Over the years, there's been much to make fun of where shark movies are concerned, so it's nice to see the Heart Like Giraffe crew going back to where it all began. Riffing on Steven Spielberg's Jaws with unabashed enthusiasm, the trio of actors juxtapose that movie's iconic characters (grizzled cop, hippie scientist and crazy fisherman) with a catchy indie-rock score and a hilarious absurdist bent. All the plot points are covered (the ill-fated skinny-dip, the gag-inducing autopsy scene and the male-bonding on the boat, here rendered by the lyric, "Let's get drunk and compare scars in a slightly homoerotic fashion"), but the show scores most of its yuks with surprises like a goofy hip-hop throwdown. The production values are decidedly low-rent, so much so that the guys actually one-up Spielberg by leaving the shark completely unseen. But with the laughs flying like so many mangled body parts, they'll surely soon find themselves in need of a bigger ... venue.

Sun Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5

- David Schmeichel

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