This locally produced musical sports a caution for onstage use of "herbal cigarettes." One can only guess a prodigious amount of herb must have been smoked offstage for this Winnipeg collective to come up with a story about a club-handed man who lives in a primitive tropical archipelago where everyone subsists on the titular "fibreballs."
When Clubber (Matt Berven) fails to properly sacrifice a cat, he is exiled to… Winnipeg. Once there, a rabid Quebec Nordiques fan teaches him how to be a man — and, um, it goes on.
The direction is sound, the tech (a high-def video screen) is slick, and the 18-member cast is enthusiastic. But the play’s disorienting 90-plus minutes feels like a hybrid of creation myth, after-school special, and one of the more hallucinogenic Max Fleischer-produced Popeye cartoons.
The presence of an onstage band, the Shouting Ground, carries one saving grace: At least one guy in this musical production can actually carry a tune.
— Randall King
From the official Fringe program:
"Feast for the Senses" - Andrew Gordon
"Feast for the Senses" - Marcus Wong
"Feast for the Senses" - Derek Joeseph
Warnings: Herbal Cigarettes,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#9 Canwest Performing Arts Centre (MTYP) 2 Forks Market Road
Discount Tickets: $5 for Matinees, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.