CRUMBS
by CRUMBS
CRUMBS - Winnipeg/Berlin
 www.crumbscomedy.blogspot.ca/
V.4 - Pantages Mainstage 
After 19 years at the Fringe, CRUMBS returns to show Winnipeg why they are still world famous.
A new venue this year but the same improvised stories you love.
"It's just not the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival without Crumbs... It's their finely honed chemistry that makes them such a draw; the way they play off each other is practically telepathic." - Winnipeg Free Press
"Both Sim and White seem to think with one hilarious brain. They transform audience suggestions into complex story arcs..." - CBC

Cast:
Stephen Sim and Lee White

   
Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12

Audience:
Parental Guidance
No Warnings
Wed July 19 10:00 PM
Fri July 21 3:30 PM
Sat July 22 9:00 PM
Mon July 24 1:30 PM
Tue July 25 9:15 PM
Thu July 27 12:00 PM
Fri July 28 5:15 PM
Sat July 29 11:00 PM

CRUMBS

CRUMBS—Pantages Mainstage

Twenty consecutive years of performing at the Winnipeg Fringe is absolutely something to be proud of. I was pleased to check in with the guys, to see if they still had the magic I remembered. And they do.

CRUMBS is a practitioner of long form improv, so if you are expecting many unrelated sketches and lots of audience participation, you will be disappointed. I can’t speak of a “script” per se, since each show will be radically different. The enjoyment of the show is derived from watching Lee and Steve start with three disparate suggestions from the audience (at my show – apes, chocolate, occularist) and weave a story in a series of scenes, that advance the “plot” and ultimately conclude all the story lines in a plausible way. Of course, being improv, the audience is looking for lots of laughs along the way. These guys deliver.

Improv is really HARD, very different from other forms of performance. Lee and Steve, not only have a loyal Winnipeg following, but an international one as well. The experience of twenty years is obvious.

Although there were a few moments when it was apparent that they “dried”, they recovered in nano-seconds, accompanied by laughter.

I have to give a shout out to DJ Hunnicutt, their sound guy, and the venue tech controlling the lighting. DJ really has to be plugged in to provide the appropriate soundscape for the sketch, and the lighting person must be on their toes. Both these people put in solid performances.

One aside – Bring a sweater. It didn’t bother me but the venue is COLD.

CRUMBS – Rock on for another twenty.

Michelle Cook