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Pig: A Peep Show of Forbidden Acts From The Farm

Cowgirl Opera Edmonton, AB

Posted: 07/19/2009 4:32 PM | Comments: 0

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The old Oxford Hotel is the perfect venue for the deliciously dirty dealings of these Edmonton denizens who titillate and tantalize, but keep the nudity on the downlow.

After all, Bibles and peep shows only give the illusion of hope, according to Harry P. Cock (played to perfectly smarmy perfection by Jesse Gervais), the riotous ringleader of raunch who recruits girls for a religious revival rave-up that doubles as a banquet of burlesque.

In the two-hour rock-opera, Harry finds a new innocent girl, who is wooed by the charms of evangelist Evangelista and her posse of pasties-wearing pretties. The eight-member cast is a riot and the live band cranks out everything from show tunes to klezmer with ease. (Those of the religious persuasion and people easily offended by profanity should avoid this show like a necrophiliac avoids intimacy with the living.)

Oh, yes, there is necrophilia, along with raw bacon, Jell-O, fake blood, intestines and a talking vagina. What else would you expect at a pig-farm peep show?

Pig… is the best musical to hit the fringe since Hedwig and the Angry Inch. You’ll never hear Supertramp’s Breakfast in America the same after walking out of this one.

— Rob Williams

From the official Fringe Festival program:

From the creators of the 2005 Fringe hit "Three Sister's A Black Opera" comes "Pig". After playing to sold-out houses in Edmonton, the world's worst peep show is coming to your town. A rock music spectacle replete with pigs, peeps and religious perversion.

The peep show begins in a surreal prairie landscape where wayward girls are being lured to the tent-prayer meetings of a glamorous female evangelist.

These devotees are quickly groomed into peep-show players, presenting acts that delight, horrify, and ensure salvation.

A backward world where public execution is a performance, and accidental necropheliacs can find redemption in true love.

The Peep Show players will implicate you in their world of faith, justice, public spectacle and pig flesh.

Featuring the music of Curtis Ross (bebop Cortez), a five-piece band and eight performers, Pig will delight and horrify you.

This is no who-done-it, there is no crime to solve, no story to unravel. Here at the peep show nothing matters but everything has a price.

"Its humour and comic timing are throbbing with hilarity, after my sides had recovered from the strain of constant laughter, I had learned one very important lesson: don’t judge a peepshow by its Bible." - SEE Magazine, Edmonton


Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Nudity, Herbal Cigarettes, show is 1 hour 40 minutes plus an intermission. Bar service is available.
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience

120 min.

Venue#22 Solid Gold Strip Club 216 Notre Dame Ave (at Albert St.)

Tickets: $9
Under 18 not admitted.

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