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The Guardians of the Fallacy political satire opened at Prairie Theatre Exchange on Thursday night, going head-to-head with Game 7 of the Winnipeg Jets-Nashville Predators NHL playoff series.
The BS Comedy Players managed to sell a decent number of tickets ahead of time for their take-no-prisoners batch of seven skits, going after all levels of government, politicians and local characters.
Mitch Krohn, artistic-director of the show, is in his second year of rehabbing from a stroke following surgery. The crowd erupted in huge applause as he wheeled onstage in formal wear and a silver lamé bowtie. The writing team had been driving out to Selkirk, where he’s working out daily in hospital and now can use a bionic hand attachment. He appeared later in a full metallic silver jacket, and says he will be home soon.
Matt Allard, city councillor for St. Boniface, good-naturedly took a bow for the crowd before the show, and then waited for his skewering. Highlights in the city politics skit included Misty Bromley playing "Genie Gerbasi," totally dominating Mayor Brian Bowman (Nick Xidos) desperately trying to find a way to refill his empty coffers. She gave him three wishes.
To the crowd’s delight, Corey Quintaine reprised his role as blind Coun. Ross Eadie — a casting they both got a kick out of in the past. This year Quintaine wore Mickey Mouse ears sideways and brandished a wicked walking stick, felling foes with it where it hurt the most.
In the provincial skit, Shane Jordan played Premier Brian Pallister, who was indelicately pushed into a variety of rooms for "treatments" on a squeaky, old hospital bed, propelled by sexpot Nurse Cratchett (Kathryn Terry), who openly made the old gurney squeak-noises with her mouth. Pallister received one procedure after another as a patient in the hands of evil Dr. Hatchet (Tim Webster).
Best sight gag of the night? Patient Jim Pappas wandering in and out of all the action in the hospital skit, in his red patient gown, totally out to lunch, no one paying any attention to him.
In the final skit, called Guardian of the Fallacy, Justin (Snowboard) Trudeau was played by look-alike Jean-Marc Lafond and Donald (Ego) Trump was played by little person Travis Taylor, who arrived on stage looking very short and very self-important in a glow-orange wig, to huge laughter and applause.
Spotted at the intermission party was former city coun. Donald Benham, now communications guru at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, multi-event volunteers Debbie Hurrell and Jane Graham, teacher Gina Grobbler, Jeep Woolley and longtime choir singer Colleen Armstrong, arriving from the annual pre-show dinner of former Beer & Skits players.
MoMONDAYS SHOW TONIGHT: Want to give yourself a lift, a kick in the pants, motivation to make your dreams a reality? Check out tonight’s MoMondays presentation at Celebrations Dinner Theatre at the Canad Inns Pembina. It’s a bit like a string of short TED Talks by inspiring Manitobans. Winnipeg hosts are Maurice and Tracy Thibodeau.
The guest lineup this week is a dazzler including Shandi Strong, author of the autobiography Growing a Pair, who will talk about her transition from man to woman. Lyle Mustard will reveal how a severed a tendon in his hand that led to a permanent disability taught him to make peace with chaos, and let go of blame. Tuva Bergstrom, a 15-year-old singer-songwriter, will talk about mentors and connections inspiring her to greater heights. Bob Upton will speak about finding potential everywhere; and Justin Kozak will talk about disappointment with real-world romance and his search for genuine connection.
You can order your tickets by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or get them at the door for $22. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. For an optional 5 p.m. dinner, it’s an addtional $20.
SATURDAY NIGHT LASER SHOWS FOR ADULTS: The Planetarium marks 50 years of displaying the universe, with laser shows to be held Saturday nights all spring and summer, starting May 19 and running until Sept. 8. Among the artists receiving the laser-show treatment are Corey Hart, Joy Division, Devo, Led Zeppelin, Journey, AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Daft Punk, Rush and Pink Floyd.
Tickets are $15, or $12 for Manitoba Museum members, and can be purchased at the museum box office or at ManitobaMuseum.ca. They’ll crank the volume to dance-club levels, and you can even get earplugs at the box office for $1, and they’re free to people under 16.
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Maureen Scurfield writes the Miss Lonelyhearts advice column.
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