It would be unfair to attribute the general limpness of the July 16 version of this wildly popular L.A. trio’s show to its new lineup — Ryan Adam Wells and Patrick Hercamp have joined longtime member Richard Maritzer — as the troupe admitted their latest comedy is a work in progress, saying, "This is like the third day of dress rehearsal."
Maybe die-hard fans of S&F — and they are legion — don’t feel resentful at being used as guinea pigs, as they laughed at every missed cue and fallen-flat concept (the trio is good at making flubs seem funny). But even they’d have to admit that Spaceship Man is not the rapid-fire, pummel-you-with-punchlines experience of past triumphs. The sci-fi/space genre is rich with spoofing opportunities but S&F mostly takes a lazy, Family Guy approach, throwing out random references without fleshing out the concepts.
There’s tons of potential here — the giant-slug bit (Wells and Hercamp writhing in sleeping bags) was a clever wink at the low-budget costumes of B-movie monsters, not to mention hilarious — but maybe wait until the eighth dress rehearsal.
— Jill Wilson
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Fringe faves Sound & Fury™ return with their 7th show for Winnipeg! Major Cyrus "Cy" Fie travels to Mars to stop a potential invasion! A parody of science fiction movies, vaudeville style!
5 STARS - "Comic genius! All the panache and clever wit of the best British comedy writers of the 20th century!" – Edinburgh Evening News
5 STARS - CBC
5 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press
Gas Station Theatre (Venue 18), to Sunday
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students