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This article was published 3/7/2019 (818 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
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