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This kooky sports comedy, brought to the fringe by the Miracle Violence Connection of Flin Flon, is inspired by National Hockey League lockouts, which cancelled the 2004-05 season. The story imagines a new rival league, the XHL, set up and headquartered in of all places, Carman, to give fans the professional game they love.

Many of Manitoba’s sacred cows are either milked, skewered or slaughtered in the search for politically incorrect laughs in the cluttered mess of a plot. The young cast does their best during the 45 minutes of nonsense and there are some guffaws — many of which are intentional.

Spectators better have a good grasp of Winnipeg hockey history to get many of the jokes. On its opening night, the same night as a Bombers football game, the smattering of theatre-goers at the cavernous John Hirsch Mainstage looked like the rows of empty seats when the Jets play in Florida.

— Alan Small

 

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Barbara Santiago

Dare to imagine a world without hockey...

What if a lockout between the NHL and its Players Association never came to an end?

Witness one man's struggle to create a new vision: The Xtreme Hockey League. Flin Flon's preeminent pensmith Raphael Saray's latest Fringe foray is history reimagined with nutty results!

"We have a good amount of beer leaguers, goons, thugs, those who are gutless, heartless and a few who are thumbless."

Original. Independent.

We Are The M.V.C.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Weekday Matinee, Fringe Performers and Volunteers

Warnings: Coarse Language

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