Gordon’s Massive Bald Head: Usurperman!
• four.5 stars out of 5
• Stage 12, Varscona Theatre
From the second that improv artists Mark Meer, Jacob Banigan and Ron Pederson step onto the naked stage, the viewers each relaxes, and tightens up.
We calm down, as a result of we’re in good palms. We sit up in our seats, as a result of we don’t need to miss a factor. For 25 years, Gordon’s Massive Bald Head has performed off the identical schtick on the Edmonton Fringe Competition, and what audiences get on this silver anniversary efficiency is pure gold.
In case you might be unfamiliar, the trio arrives (well attired in Males In Black-style fits) with a proposal. One patron is invited to call a quantity between one and 50. That quantity is linked to the phases on the Fringe. After quite a few caveats to ensure different improv acts or exhibits centered on narcissism are eradicated, Pederson, Meer and Banigan improvise a 60-minute riff on the outline of the chosen play in this system.
For the primary present of the run, GBBH explored Examine Me Out, a comedy/drama written by Trevor Schmidt at Stage 15 about three girls who work at Pennywise Household Grocery. The feminine impersonations had been characteristically hilarious, however every actor additionally performed at the very least two characters every, sometimes dropping observe, to frenzied laughter from the viewers each time. Anybody who delights within the sudden and ridiculous will stroll away exhausted by stomach laughs.
– Liane Faulder