Sunday, August 22, 2010

Should we remount ASTT? Review of Asiansploitation Spanks the Tiger, July 2, 2010, The Toronto Star

Here is a review from the Toronto Star for Asiansploitation's Asiansploitation Spanks the Tiger show which we're thinking we may remount in the Fall 2010 (Oct/Nov. timing).  Give people a chance who didn't see it to check it out, or those who have to see it with a few minor 'refreshments'.  Should we do it?

Bruce DeMara Entertainment Reporter
Asiansploitation Spanks the Tiger
Highly Recommended
Directed by Andrew Currie. At the Annex Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. Next performance Sunday at 4:45 p.m (July 3, 2010)
Sketch comedy with a Far Eastern spin? Don’t wok, run to this one.
Asiansploitation is a sketch comedy troupe that deserves a far bigger audience than it has found so far since it began putting on shows four years ago.
Anchored by original founding member Jeff B. Santos, this seven-member pack of class clowns is exhilaratingly funny and talented. But great sketch starts with fresh thinking and inventive writing and they’re on solid ground. A video game where avatars are selected to “please your grandma”? An office where the public address system announces “All work and no play” — end of sentence? A group of anarchists who refuse to get organized? That’s just a taste of what the players deliver in a 75-minute set.
The cast is uniformly solid and versatile with a great comic timing, though Santos and James Cheng may stand just slightly above the others.
Not everything hits its mark. But the great thing about this troupe is its ability to make comedy with strong cultural influences that also appeals to a broader audience.

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mother To Be