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Gametes and Gonads
Gametes and Gonads comically dramatizes the unseen war being staged in the human reproductive system. The ambitious, 45-minute one-man show remembers the sperm-launch scene from Woody Allen’s 1972 movie Everything You Wanted to Know About Sex and spices it with Star Wars and Star Trek references.
The somewhat juvenile plot imagines the sperm armies of the left testes along with the sperm pilots under the command of Capt. Spunk preparing to launch a massive attack on their enemies, the eggs, one of which is sacrificed every month.
What raises Gametes and Gonads above an engaging, live-action high school sex-ed class is the stunning Winnipeg debut of Victoria’s Jeff Leard, who literally does it all without props or music. He plays all the characters at warp speed, as well as providing all the sound effects. It’s a balls-out performance you kind of wish was put to better use.
This review was based on a performance at the Toronto or Montreal Fringe Fest.
From the Fringe program:
Star Wars meets your genitals in this action-packed one-man show exploring the sci-fi universe that is the reproductive system. Get sucked off into a world of life, love and death before birth in Gametes and Gonads.
4 1/2 STARS "The Fringe's hidden gem." – Times Colonist, Victoria
"Too funny to miss." – Mooney on Theatre, Toronto
"A fantastic performance." – Marc-Andre Roy, Cirque du Soleil
"A show you have to see to believe" - Calgary Sun
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 45 min
Discount Tickets: $9 for Students, Seniors, Fringe performers
Under 13 not admitted.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language
Updated on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM CDT: