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This article was published 3/7/2019 (610 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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