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The Secondhandpants Science-Folktion Musical Adventure

Phantom Planet Productions Winnipeg, MB

Posted: 07/18/2010 1:56 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 07/19/2010 9:44 AM | Updates

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Duo Curtis and Marlon Wiebe here announce themselves as the heirs apparent to Al Simmons’ brand of gadget-heavy, DIY, kid-friendly comedy.

This elaborate one-hour music-comedy-sci-fi-thriller ups the technical ante of Simmons’ oeuvre as characters interact with robots, a Commander Cody-like rocket-man (let it be said these guys totally appreciate the intrinsic hilarity of Commander Cody) and a benign, hairless female sasquatch. They even interact with the movie screen cleverly utilized as an all-purpose backdrop as the musical duo embark on a time-travel adventure to save themselves from selling out in the future.

Curtis strums a mean ukulele and Marlon wails on a space-age variation of the washtub bass with aplomb. They and their supporting cast are a little rough around the edges as actors, and the sheer technical scale of the thing inevitably results in a few glitches. Nevertheless, this is one production that makes good on the promise of fun for the whole family, teen smartasses included.

— Randall King

From the official Fringe Festival guide:

From the creators of the Science-Folktion Jukebox Side Show comes a brand new multimedia stage experience.

It is the distant future and Science-Folktion is the hit sensation of the radio waves. But wait! A scheming giant robot acquires the means to change the course of history! Will the Secondhandpants save themselves from the threat of musical oblivion!?


www.secondhandpants.com

Warnings: Robots. Time Travel Effects.
RECOMMENDED:
Family Friendly

60 min

The Playhouse Studio (Venue 3), to Sunday

Tickets: $8
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), Robots

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Updated on Monday, July 19, 2010 at 9:44 AM CDT: Removes reference to Curtis and Marlon being from Saskatchewan. Their characters are from Saskatchewan, but the actors are from Manitoba.

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