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Brain Cravers: The Curse of Extollo

Magic Toaster Productions, Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/7/2011 5:33 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/17/2011 3:05 PM | Updates

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Rachel Browne Theatre (Venue 8) to Saturday

Legendary director Vanguard Braun has secretly based the script of his latest masterpiece, Extollo, on a cursed ancient legend. Result: His cast of bickering, prima donna actors, plus the entire fringe-festival populace, starts turning into zombies. But the show must go on. No matter what happens...

This ambitious production boasts 16 actors, an (almost) full set, costumes and video backdrop. The zombie makeup is really pretty good, and there are some onstage special effects for when the mayhem starts. The cast is uniformly strong, and the audience immersion experience is convincing: When somebody in a bloodied shirt runs onstage shouting that you are now locked in the theatre for your own safety, and screaming is heard outside, you pay attention.

For all the good points, many spectators will find the relentlessly hyperactive pace just too manic and exhausting. Some toning down is required to make the show more accessible. Rest up before you attend.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the official Fringe Festival 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?

Warning! Deadly zombie curse in effect. Symptoms include ravenous craving for brains, rapid bodily decay, zombification and death. Attend at your own risk.

http://www.kevindohertyfilms.com/

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 MIN

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 Matinees

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots, Strobe Lights, Cannibalism

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Updated on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3:05 PM CDT: Adds review

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