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Taxidermy: The Musical

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What a messy, funny, weird, inventive mess of a weird musical about taxidermy this is. It’s already got huge Fringe buzz, and rightly so. It’s a riot.

It’s penned by Winnipeggers Devon Gillingham and Connor Wielgosz, one of whom is still too young to get into the beer tent. They play Rusty Mounter and Herbie Shore, two young taxidermist neighbours. One’s a manic formaldehyde huffer and the other hates the biz and his jerk father, but loves big gay musicals. It’s intensely energetic. The music is good, with a healthy dose of parody. The singing is great. And the lyrics are sharp and funny and fast.

The cast, which also includes Arthur Holroyd and Carly Berthon, even handled two moron hecklers with aplomb on Friday night.

One half-star quibble: The show lagged a little by the time the light-saber wielding gorilla appeared. Yeah, just go with it.

— Mary Agnes Welch

From the Fringe program:

Taxidermy: The Musical is an artistic exploration of the shameless career involving the stuffing of dead animals. The story follows two taxidermists as they live their Taxidermy Days—whether they like it or not! Through a story filled with addictions, death, musical theatre, stuffed pets, imposing fathers, sexual innuendos and eternal preservation, Herbie Shore and Rusty Mounter explore the world of dead animals around them, and find out what it really means to be a Taxidermist!

Director: Connor Wielgosz and Devon Gillingham

Cast: Arthur Holroyd, Carly Berthon, Connor Wielgosz and Devon Gillingham

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 90 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for First Performance

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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