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There are Two Errors in the the Title of This Show*

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THERE ARE TWO ERRORS IN THE TITLE OF THIS SHOW

MacPherson & Plouffe Consummate Professionals

Manitoba Museum — Alloway Hall (Venue 4), to July 26

 

Perhaps this improv comedy should’ve been titled, “There are several errors in the promo blurb,” since none of the filmed sketches or anything else described in the program were anywhere to be seen. Instead we got Alan MacPherson and Steve Currie, using long-form improv to portray (on opening night) two brothers trying to reconnect after their father’s death, with the brothers’ personality quirks chosen from audience suggestions.

MacPherson and Currie were likable and clearly trying, and the audience was on their side. Unfortunately, most of what followed resembled a not-ready-for-public-performance improv class exercise. Segments were rambling, repetitive and overlong. The capable accompanying pianist seemed to be there to provide musical filler for awkward gaps as much as underscoring the plot. And these guys really should ease up on their continual rocking back and forth and pacing while performing. It’s distracting for the audience and a too-obvious sign of nerves in the performers.

— Janice Sawka

 

From the Fringe program:

Combining staged performances with filmed sketches, There are Two Errors in the the Title of This Show*, explores themes such as the meaning of life, gender equality and whether it's appropriate for Santa to hand out dildos for Christmas. Nothing is off-limits in the numerous comedic sketches that are sure to offend most decent people but should be enjoyable to a couple sickos out there.

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $7 for Weekday Matinee

Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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