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Intricately staged, but with a freewheeling sense of fun, this comedy from Toronto’s Sex T-Rex company offers a framing devise is lifted from the great swashbuckling movie The Princess Bride. Except when a grampa comes to babysit his sick grandchild, he pulls out an ancient videogame, and before long, we’re plunged into the 8-bit action, wherein three musketeer-like soldiers sing a lusty song denoting their shared passion: "Swords, swords, swords, swords…"
A princess is kidnapped. Two of those three soldiers must rescue her from a "spiky" video castle, a plan that will necessitate lots and lots of swordplay, even as the participants come to understand all is not what it seems when it comes to good guys and bad guys.
Actors Conor Bradbury, Julian Frid, Kaitlin Morrow, Seann Murray and Jon Blair have a lot of fun, so much so that the comedy’s occasional use of expletives seems unnecessary, especially since there is a lot of potential for cross-generational appeal here. You know, like... The Princess Bride?
— Randall King
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Winner of the Just for Laughs Best Comedy Award in 2015 and the Atlantic Fringe Best Comedy Award in 2016, and with a trail of sold-out houses and rave reviews east of Toronto, SwordPlay: A Play of Swords finally comes west!
Chandelier-swinging, dastardly schemes and sword fights, sword fights, sword fights await as Sex T-Rex bring their signature cinematic style to the stage, dancing from The Princess Bride to Final Fantasy to Game of Thrones, and dipping their rapier wit into all things sordid and sworded.
5 STARS - Torontoist, The Coast
Show Length: 60 minutes
Suggested Audience: Parental Guidance
Warnings: Coarse language
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Updated on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3:12 PM CDT: Adds review