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A House Fell On Our Sister and We Didn't Get No Ruby Slippers

Leithelle Productions & Peghead Productions / Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/7/2011 12:55 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/20/2011 10:53 PM | Updates

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Red River College (Venue 11), to Sunday

The deliciously cranky title and the publicity photo of Leith Clark in Wicked Witch makeup are priceless, but the wit in this local sketch-comedy clunker rarely reaches munchkin stature.

The gay Clark has teamed with the aboriginal Columpa C. Bobb to write and perform this supposed bitch-fest from the perspective of two cantankerous cougars, which ran 20 minutes shorter than its advertised length. The thrown-together attempts at parody and satire are appallingly amateurish and self-indulgent for two theatre veterans. The "cougar insights" are on the level of: "The only thing that has fallen for me lately are my boobs."

There’s a good comic idea in the clash of superheroes Reservation Salvation and Hydro Boy, and some half-decent writing that satirizes racism. We’ll assume Clark and Bobb intended to build on that foundation, but they ran out of time and a tornado blew away their show.

— Alison Mayes

From the official Fringe Festival program:

Comedy of heirs

Cantankerous old crones? Yup.

Crusty? Like a baguette.

Spiteful middle-aged *itches with a bone to pick? Hell, yeah.

Dare ya to hitch a ride with these two ole *itches of spite, spit and wit as they begin the hunt for their ruby slippers and anything else that catches their hairy eyeballz.

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 60 MIN

Tickets: $9

Discount Tickets: $7 Matinees, Students, Seniors

Warnings: Language,

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Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM CDT: Adds review

July 20, 2011 at 10:53 PM: Adds video

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