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Local theatre company Awkward Cheese Co.’s Cob Bob, the story of a naive farm boy trying to find himself, is a hilarious romp through millennial angst in an ever-changing world that brings more than a kernel of truth.
With a simple set and a clever audio cues bolstering the production, Bob (played skillfully by Matthew Paris-Irvine) is confronted by his mother (Chelsey Grewar, who plays all non-Bob roles brilliantly) about the dire state of finances on the family’s rural Manitoba corn farm. Having heard of a big (but illicit) music festival from schoolmate Brad that’s taking place at his family’s dairy farm, Bob decides to set up a corn stand to try and save his family’s farm.
It’s at the festival that Bob encounters all manner of millennials — bros, sensitive dudes, nice girls — and begins exploring exactly who he is, with disastrous results. A video of Bob singing about how corn is better than porn, filmed by romantic interest Winona while they are stoned, propels him to internet stardom, which increases corn sales but results in his becoming increasingly lost in his search for a sense of self.
Cob Bob successfully skewers bros, farm folk, sensitive millennial types and the politically correct types while bringing loads of laughs and striking an endearing tone for the receptive audience.
— Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson
From the Fringe program:
From the creators of Self-Help Shelf comes a new work. Cob Bob explores the journey of Bob, a farm boy desperate to save his family's sinking business. Bob's brilliant way to do so? Setting up a corn on the cob stand at a huge music festival. Cob Bob navigates current mainstream culture, online presence versus reality, and how experiencing a weekend in a hectic wasteland can bring about a religious and (almost) meaningful experience.
"Chelsey Grewar is funny, gritty and — as the kids say — woke." - Winnipeg Free Press
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content
177 Market Ave.
Enter from back alley (John Hirsch Pl.)
Seating Capacity: 120
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 3:30 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 9:00 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 9:30 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 1:45 PM
Thu, Jul 25, 2019 – 6:45 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 2:15 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 11:00 PM
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2:01 PM CDT: Adds review.
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