Saturday, November 12, 2011

In Review: A Behanding in Spokane #yyc

Ground Zero Theatre has a new show on the stage A Behanding in Spokane. It ain't no Kung Fu Panties, but it was definitely a jolly good time.

There is a man who had his hand cut off when he was young and has spent his entire adult life looking for it. He goes to a town where a guy and girl claim they have found his hand. They haven't...and the guy loses his mind.

It sounds like a horror, but it was actually quite funny. It was set in a dirty beat up motel room and I couldn't help but think about Psycho (the one with Vince Vaughn, not the original)...I was waiting the whole time to have the frightening moment that would leave me wide eyed once I turned out my lights after going to bed...but it never came. This was not a bad thing.

I can't say the show was 100% goodness...there was a couple of times when the characters were talking to an old lady on the phone and I will say...that shit went on for far too long and I found myself losing interest. There is only so much that you can say to an old lady about how stupid it was that she tried to climb up a tree to get a balloon before I want to pull out a gun and shoot myself in the head. If you haven't seen it, this will make absolutely no sense...but when you do, you will know what I am talking about and hopefully you will be prepared for a couple minutes of torture.

On the positive end...the dialogue was fast paced and hilarious. All of the characters were backwoods loser types, which made for some interesting back and forth stupidity, cursing and a lack a common sense which is always a crowd pleaser.

I don't know if everyone in the theatre read the adult content and foul language least the old broad sitting beside me didn't. She seemed to be appalled by the use of the N word and the F bomb homophobic slur...the main character was an insane racist redneck...what was she expecting? Censorship, that's what. Go watch some network television lady, then your delicate sensibilities won't be harmed.

I must give a shout out to Edward Ogum who played Toby...according to my playbill this dude made his acting debut with this show. He was my pick for show standout. Bravo fine fellow...bra-vo.

If you want to have a laugh you can see A Behanding in Spokane at Vertigo Theatre from now until November 19th. 


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