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Brain Cravers: The Curse of Extollo — The Gorrific Edition

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Imagine, if you will, a fringe performance so horrifying, the audience wants to flee the theatre. Winnipeg’s Magic Toaster Productions set out specifically to accomplish this goal and, unfortunately, succeeded beyond its wildest dreams.

Brain Cravers is a play-within-a-play about a cheesy, 1950s-style sci-fi story interrupted by zombie attack. As actors join the ranks of the undead, the beatnik auteur tries to finish the show, in between bouts of intestine-chewing, neck-snapping human-vs.-zombie action.

While that might sound like fun, it’s completely unwatchable. For 75 minutes, the ensemble cast races randomly about the Warehouse stage, shrieking and shouting like children improvising a garage play for mom and dad. When Pirandello meets the undead, the fringe has reached Peak Zombie. This one could use some editing and directing smarts to go along with all the brains.

— Bartley Kives

From the Fringe program:

World-famous director Vanguard Braun unveils his riveting new play, Extollo. As this gripping futuristic drama unfolds, a terrifying deadly curse is unleashed on the Winnipeg Fringe. You're dying to see it...but will you survive?

***** "Fantastic fun...Brain Cravers is delicious." - CBC

**** - Winnipeg Free Press

***** "The only thing that would make this Brain tastier is if it were bacon-wrapped." - Uptown Magazine

Voted Best Comedy of the 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival by CBC.

Audience Classification: Parental Guidance

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Weekday Matinee

Warnings: Graphic Content, Mild Language, Gunshots, Strobe Lights, Herbal Cigarettes, Graphic Violence, Violent Content

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