Company: RibbitRePublic Theatre, Edmonton, AB
Venue: 2 - MTC Up the Alley
A lot of laughs are served up, and if the current course isn’t to your taste, don’t worry—it might be swept away and replaced with a new one before you even get a chance to fully consider it.
Ribbit RePublic serves up a manly sized portion of sketches in their 60-minute, 42-bit exploration of what that titular phrase means, but it might be too much meat in too little time for all audience members to comfortably digest.
The 2002 script, updated for 2013, strives to be inclusive and encompassing in its coverage of the topic, but when I try to think of how I might summarize the predominant themes in a phrase, "trouser snakes" is what leaps immediately to mind.
Not that there's anything wrong with that. Lorenzo Damiani, Tyler Girard, Geran Kornhof and Corey Schmitt attack the material like a bunch of underfed Ultimate Fighting Champions, and it's their ferocious energy and locker room camaraderie that holds the rush of material together. That high octane team attack also allows the few slower, quieter moments to land with more resonance.
A lot of laughs are served up, and if the current course isn't to your taste, don't worry--it will likely be swept away and replaced with a new one before you even get a chance to fully consider it.
But be warned: almost every course contains meat. I felt positively stuffed with it by the time I left.