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Honestly, the star rating for this 60-minute sketch show from Winnipeg quartet Hot Thespian Action is almost a foregone conclusion.
Over the years, the über-talented troupe of Jane Testar, Ryan Miller, Garth Merkeley and Shannon Guile (original member Jacqueline Loewen departed a few years ago) have unfailingly delivered sketches that use mime, music and knife-sharp wit to hilarious effect. So when you put together a collection of classics from over the last 12 years (you can vote at hotthespianaction.com/fringe) it’s a sure thing.
The show changes nightly, depending on fan voting ("It’s a nightmare for us, but Netflix for you," Miller joked) but highlights include an impeccably choreographed war between love and lust, an unusual online date, an infomercial for a service that helps your parents with technology (Testar’s face as she realizes she doesn’t have to sign her name to texts is priceless) and Miller’s tour de force as a bird of paradise in a nature doc.
It’s cerebral, it’s silly, it's bizarre and it's guaranteed to make your face hurt from laughing.
— Jill Wilson
From the Fringe program:
Winnipeg Fringe staples sketch comedy troupe Hot Thespian Action puts you in control this summer, letting the audience curate their set of classic sketches.
Visit: hotthespianaction.com/vote to vote for the physical, thought-provoking and hilarious sketches you want to see!
Seriously! Do it now!
5 STARS "Their uproarious physical comedy, flawless timing and cleverly written subject matter are utterly bang-on, and the laughs come just as easily as does the craving to see their shows again and again." - Uptown
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Coarse Language
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Updated on Monday, July 23, 2018 at 12:07 PM CDT: Adds review