This fringe-spirited show takes the form of a far-fetched Exchange District walking tour, with script contributions from about seven local writers. As a participant, you’re made to wear a goofy pinnie so the guides can keep track of you between stops for songs and storytelling.
Your quirky guides are ginger-haired siblings whose conduct becomes increasingly unprofessional over the 45 minutes. The mother-hennish Mary-Frances (Tricia Cooper) uses a mega-sized megaphone. The self-serious Johnny (Graham Ashmore) totes a guitar to accompany their lurid ballads, which tell of hauntings, murders, legends and sexcapades (the show is not suitable for kids).
Out-of-towners could understandably surmise that Guy Maddin’s mythologizing style is something Winnipeg puts in the water. Outrageously absurd "facts" are imparted as the guides amusingly parody sincere historical interpretation.
The idea has great potential, but the show feels half-baked. There’s too much competition from roaring traffic (the redheads should be amplified) and some of the tales rely on low-brow humour. The cleverest stuff comes near the end, when the guides become more interactive with the environment and the show crackles with the unpredictable energy of the street.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Come hit the bricks with a redhead! Fringe veterans Graham Ashmore (The Darling Family) and Trish Cooper (The Comment Card, Homely Woman #2) play a brother and sister team; Johnny and Mary Frances who are expert tour guides.
They will take you on a hilarious twisted historical (often naughty) tour through the exchange district.
There will be music, mayhem..... and murder?
Note: All weather show, umbrellas provided!
Warnings: Subject Matter, Lurid scenarios may be described. Anything may happen.
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#19 Old Market Square Tickets available at the Info Tent
Under 7 not admitted.