Company: THEATrePUBLIC, Edmonton, AB
Venue: 9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
A rant-filled fantastical tale of alien abduction, hyper-intelligent dolphins, and attempts to mate with baboons.
The play opens with a spotlight on an empty chair. The
audience waits as mosquitoes buzz and cheesy guitar music thrums.
Eventually Grumpus bursts from the back curtain, dressed in prison coveralls and manacles. He shuffles to the front of the stage, glares at the audience, sits in the chair and the show begins.
What follows is rant-filled fantastical tale of alien abduction, hyper-intelligent dolphins, and attempts to mate with baboons. Grumpus reveals that his experiences compelled him to commit a desperate act of terrorism, but he never reaches the point where the audience is, in any way, on his side.
The Fringe program promises that he will convince you that his acts were justified...but he doesn't. In the end, Grumpus just seems like the same kind of bitter senior citizen anarchist that you can find on any given park bench on any given day.
Kenneth Brown is a very capable performer and an engaging storyteller, but Grumpus' appeal is ultimately denied by his parole board audience.