MTC Up the Alley (Venue 2), to Sunday
Children’s television show hosts Mr. Crumple and Mr. Rogers would have a lot in common, if Mr. Rogers were a drunk who swore at kids and told knock-knock jokes for change at bus stops. Things went bad for Mr. Crumple in 1996, but today the entertainer is sober and on the comeback trail, joined by his trusty puppet sidekicks Groggle, Gordito and Grizz.
Real-life television and film star Stephen McIntyre returns to his fringe roots and brings a sense of believability to the character: an agitated, on-the-edge, quick-tempered man dressed in an argyle sweater vest. His human co-stars Dan Walechuk and David Zellis handle all the puppet duties, standing beside McIntyre with their arms through the (well-made) homemade creations. The 45-minute show starts as a comedy, but a surprise from Mr. Crumple’s past marks a shift in tone and soon his pad becomes a bit of a downer.
Today’s lesson, kids: don’t have sex with puppets.
— Rob Williams
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Mr. Crumple was the king of children's television in the 80s until a sex scandal with a puppet ruined his career. Cherry Ontario is a teenage superstar with her face on everything from lunch boxes to underwear. When Cherry agrees to be in his comeback show, Crumple questions her true motives.
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 45 MIN
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students
Under 14 not admitted.
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