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Sperm Wars

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Toronto’s Jeff Leard is really good at doing voices — male and female. And sound effects, like the beepbeepboopboop racket those gadgets make in science-fiction films. And so, for 45 minutes (not 60, as in the program) he portrays the entire cast and equipment of Sperm Wars, from the sperm pilots of the X and Y chromosome flyers of the Left Testicle squadron, to all the eggs of the ovaries. You get the idea.

It all gets pretty silly, as Leard rolls and runs around onstage, simulating everything from oral sex to fighter spacecraft in peril, occasionally apologizing to the audience for messing up and teasing his lighting guy for missing cues. There are some neat uses of war movie clichés (“Win this for Johnson!”), but whether you find this clever or tiresome will depend on your taste for an elongated running gag of anatomical sex terms, and space movies. Still, you gotta admire Leard for keeping it up.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

Director: James Leard

 

Cast: Jeff Leard

 

Follow the stories of millions of sperm embarking upon a high stakes suicide mission to battle a large, dangerous and mysterious enemy. Meanwhile in the ovaries, the eggs are forced to say goodbye to one of their own as the time for their monthly sacrifice to the uterus looms on the horizon.

 

****½ "Leard is an energetic and ingenious performer" - Edmonton Sun

****½ - Times Colonist

**** - Production Ottawa

**** - StarPhoenix

 

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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