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GRIMMER THAN GRIMM

RibbitREpublic Theatre Company / Edmonton, AB

Posted: 07/19/2009 12:53 AM | Comments: 0

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There will be fake blood. And fake vomit, and a few other grosser-than-gross bodily discharges in this dark comedy from the Edmonton company that brought you BoyGroove (2005) and Letters in Wartime (2006).

A fabulous three-man, one-woman cast puts the sin in sinister with bawdy versions of 11 Grimm fairy tales, most of which involve loss of life and limb, along with a few eyeballs and even more delicate parts.

Most of the chop-chop scenes, along with a few other acts of sheer lunacy, take place behind a silhouette screen, but they leave little to the imagination.

There’s a musical version of the macabre title ditty, and stories like Clever Hans, The Goose Girl and Robber Bridegroom are as gruesome as the Brothers Grimm originally intended, although some are definitely naughtier.


They’re also funnier, as when that murderous bridegroom and his accomplice make grotesque puns — "lend me a hand" — while hacking up a victim. And while the production is tight and fast-paced, the cast finds room for a few improvised laughs. They absolutely kill.

— Pat St. Germain
 

From the official Fringe program:

ribbitREpublic (BoyGroove, House, Be A Man) invites you to behold the release of the Grimm Brothers' most unsanitized and unholy tales.

Heartless murder! Vicious kidnapping! Cruel cannibalism! Grimmer Than Grimm is a dark and gruesome spin of beloved Brothers Grimm stories delivered in Ribbit's fast-paced, physical and musical style. These aren’t your typical bedtime stories.

theatrepublic.ca

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Comedic violence

RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

60 min.

Venue#18 The Gas Station Theatre 445 River Ave (at Osborne St.)

Tickets: $9
Under 11 not admitted.

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