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Bizarro Obscure

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"Silly is our game.” That is an accurate sum-up of this 60-minute two-hander presented by Winnipeg’s Sydney Hayduk and Christy Taronno. But it is also charming and downright funny in its own convoluted way.

There’s just a faint whisper of French clowns in the atmosphere of this quest story with its performers clad in black and white stripes. Armed with a red accordion (trés Gallic), a guitar and some magic glasses, Janis (Hayduk) and Jujube (Taronno) are sent on a slightly musical quest to help a 10-year-old boy named Daniel. Along the way they encounter a hilarious bearded lady and a Teutonic DJ named Mimi.

For all its silliness, including an unnamed movie reference, there is something about these performances that is just so disarmingly feminine and appealing. This show gets an E for Everybody.

— Wendy King

From the Fringe program:

Director: Sydney Hayduk & Christy Taronno

Cast: Sydney Hayduk & Christy Taronno

When two plucky travelling performers from another dimension receive a mysterious letter, they embark on a quest unlike any other with their Travelling Exhibition of the Bizarro Obscure.

Join Janis and Jujube as they travel to the ends of the universe searching for a boy who is in trouble on Earth. They'll sing, dance and make friends with the weird, because the Travelling Exhibition of the Bizarro Obscure is an ode to the oddest of us.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Students, Weekday Matinee, Fringe Performers

Warnings: Coarse Language

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