If this Toronto husband-and-wife team put half as much effort into tightening its shtick as it does into branding and merchandising, this could be genuine fringe fun.
Instead, Ian and Lindsay Goodtimes (yup, their real names) rely too much on their obvious charm and talent and not enough on strong content to make this "electro-vaudeville spectacle" really sparkle.
The duo, two space entertainers who start out in puffy comic-book costumes, pledged to write a ditty a day for a year, and we hear a few on stage. They have natural comic timing and are fine musicians — Lindsay has a great bluesy voice and Ian does a mock Meatloaf with gusto. The song about rats in the toilet is a gem. If there were more bits like that, it could would work. Instead it’s a lot of microphone swinging to songs with one punchline.
Some raunch. Under 18 not admitted.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Behold The Goodtimes, an Electro-Vaudeville Spectacle! Follow this wildly entertaining husband/wife duo as they travel through time and outer space to the 24th century.
The Goodtimes Show is an interactive theatrical rock extravaganza, complete with groovy tunes, participation and the intergalactic sweet beats of Bleeps the Robot.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Strobe Lights,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Exchange Community Church (Venue 20), to July 25
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors,
Under 18 not admitted.
Babes in arms permitted.