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The Who's Tommy

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This local amateur company aims big with a truncated 75-minute version of Pete Townsend’s rock opera about a traumatized deaf, dumb and blind boy elevated to a false Messiah in postwar England. With a cast of around 30 singing to a pre-recorded bed track, and a confusing movie screen-sized video display above centre stage, it’s a tall order.

Director Janna Larsen marshals order from potential chaos with a well-rehearsed show in which a few performers — Joshua McSkimming as a convincingly evil Cousin Kevin, for one — get to distinguish themselves from the throng.

If a few cast members aren’t quite up to the serious demands of the vocals (there’s a good reason it’s called a rock opera), the overall company compensates with its contagious enthusiasm.

— Randall King

From the Fringe program:

From the "Best of Fest" Company of Bare (Winnipeg Fringe 2012). Celebrating 20 years after its premiere on Broadway, this Tony Award-winning musical's tale of a young boy's journey from pain to triumph is "the most electrifying evening of rock and roll ever to play in a theatre!" (Theatre World - J. Willis) The exhilarating score features hits such as "Pinball Wizard" and "I'm Free". Tommy is timeless in its youthful appeal, which has made it a smash-hit around the world! A must-see!

 

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Subject Matter

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