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Bringing an off-Broadway musical to the Fringe, Winnipeg’s Dining Out Productions retells the story of Hannibal Lecter and FBI agent Clarice Starling’s quest to track down serial killer Buffalo Bill. This 90-minute performance is filled with raunchy humour alongside tunes that are both catchy and wildly inappropriate.
In case it wasn’t already clear, Silence! The Musical is not a show to bring your kids to. The crassness of the script is designed to shock, which feels a little overdone by the closing song. The edgy humour starts to wear off after a constant barrage of cheap and dirty jokes, and had me craving more of Hannibal’s legendary wit to bring some balance.
The cast performs with appropriate gusto, but could dial it up even further to really highlight the show’s absurdity. If you’re going to sing about wearing someone else’s skin, you might as well fully commit.
— Matt Schaubroeck
From the Fringe program:
Rookie FBI agent Clarice Starling matches wits with the brilliant but insane cannibal Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer Buffalo Bill. Clarice faces her own demons while racing the clock to unlock Lecter's clues before another innocent girl is killed and skinned by Buffalo Bill. This naughty satire features a singing chorus of floppy-eared lambs narrating the action as Buffalo Bill gleefully dances while kidnapping hapless Catherine Martin. Even Dr. Lecter sings about the life he'd like to lead someday outside the prison walls.
Show Length: 90 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Coarse Language, Violent Content, Sexual Content, Gunshots
174 Market Ave.
Enter from back alley (John Hirsch Pl.)
Seating Capacity: 275
Thu, Jul 18, 2019 – 4:15 PM
Sat, Jul 20, 2019 – 6:30 PM
Sun, Jul 21, 2019 – 10:00 PM
Mon, Jul 22, 2019 – 8:00 PM
Tue, Jul 23, 2019 – 3:15 PM
Fri, Jul 26, 2019 – 12:00 PM
Sat, Jul 27, 2019 – 10:30 PM
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2019 at 1:25 PM CDT: Adds reviews.