Company: Jazz Squared Theatre, Toronto, ON
Genre: Musical Theatre
Venue: 9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
The story of "The Beaver Den" is like an overcooked poutine...just one big hot mess.
The cast of this new Canadian musical is eager and talented, but the greatest performers in the country couldn't save this production from its limp and meandering story.
The plot of The Beaver Den
is like an overcooked poutine...just a big hot mess.
It starts strong enough, introducing the audience to the cast of the Beaver Den, a low-rent late '90s kids TV show that puts the "eh" in Canadian. When the show faces cancellation, the stakes are introduced, then immediately abandoned for clichéd love stories, a screeching homoerotic beaver puppet, and an overwhelming parade of tired Canadian jokes that leave the viewer feeling like they've just been force-fed maple syrup.
We even have the obligatory Canada vs. USA storyline when a pop-rock-popping American joins the cast and the protagonist makes a run for the border...then ends up talking to a stick.
Clocking in at 90 minutes, this show slightly less preferable to a road trip through Saskatchewan. There are a few bright spots and some moments of genuine humour, but all are buried under a giant parka of fatty irrelevance.
It's as if Degrassi
and Sesame Park
had a love child...then left it in a snow bank to die.