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No Tweed Too Tight: Another Grant Canyon Mystery

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Clad in his trusty tweed sportcoat and oozing boozed-up bravado, crack insurance investigator Grant Canyon is hot on the trail of big laughs. Along the way, he bumbles into femme fatales, stolen jewels and a sojourn to outer space with a suitcase of unmarked bills. Even Leonid Brezhnev makes a surprise guest appearance, at the goofily gonzo climax.

As you can guess, this is nothing more (or less) than a slapsticky romp through film noir tropes, and Vancouver’s Ryan Gladstone just nails it in his solo show. His last Grant Canyon caper enjoyed a sold-out run here in 2012, and this edition should draw similar crowds.

Sure, there’s a body count and some menacing drug lords, but it’s mostly inoffensive stuff — and Gladstone is gloriously gung-ho, in total command of the stage (he smoothly turned a forgotten line on opening night into one of the biggest laughs of the show) and a whole lot of fun to watch.

— Melissa Martin

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: Bruce Horak
Cast: Ryan Gladstone

 

Back by popular demand after a SOLD-OUT run in 2012!

The year is 1976. Grant Canyon is a perpetually inebriated insurance investigator. In his few waking moments he leaves a wake of dead bodies, satisfied ladies and empty bottles as he staggers toward a shocking and fiery conclusion.

When Grant Canyon is on the case, the world is a dangerous place!

 

"An explosive drop-kick to the head" ****½ - Edmonton Sun

"A high-octane romp" ****½ - Winnipeg Free Press


Audience Classification: Mature
Length: 60 mins.
Tickets: $10

 

Warnings: Graphic Content, Coarse Language, Graphic ViolenceSexual Content, Violent Content

Licensed Venue - Under 18 NOT ADMITTED

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