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A Royal Good Time


The Drill Queens

Review by Matt Perry

Their kingdom is wide and crosses the Maritime borders. Their subjects are loyal beyond belief. And PEI's own Drill Queens showed why they are reigning queens of comedy on opening night at The Comedy Barn in Stanley Bridge.

The Drill Queens-Cynthia Dunsford and Laurie Murphy-have performed across the Maritimes including the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Atlantic Fringe Festival during their five-year career. In addition they have been seen on CBC's Madly Off In All Directions and On the Road Again.

However, for the New London shows they have refined their act to appeal to Island-minded audiences. On opening night the crowd was jam-packed with visitors from as far off as Texas and Japan to The Drill Queens' many loyal locals. Nearly 150 comedy seekers filled seats awaiting the comedy royalty.

These fans were not let down. They were treated to Dunsford's impression of Jean Cretien-with a twist. Without spoiling, anything one can safely say The Comedy Barn may be the only place in the world where you will find our Prime Minister singing songs by Ritchie Valens, Bob Dylan and others.

The performers played to the strong point of the venue-the intimacy between performer and the audience. Their sharp minds and fun-loving hearts poked fun at the Women's Television Network, CBS Sports and they pulled off a memorable Riverdance skit.

The pair has worked hard on honing their act and they proved it several times throughout the evening. They managed to tackle many touchy subjects without offending anyone and drawing huge laughs.

Dunsford and Murphy's recipe for comedy calls for daunting physical humour, mixed with plays on words and a dash of sarcasm added to everything they do. The recipe has been a smashing success. The opening night crowd spent most of the night wiping tears of laughter from their eyes and offered a rousing standing ovation for the curtain call.

The show is easily worth the ticket price for a night of laughs and some very impressive singing by Dunsford and Murphy. At the end of the performance, The Comedy Barn owners, Don Harron and Catherine MacKinnon, treated The Drill Queens and the audience to cake and punch to celebrate opening night with true Island hospitality. The duo will be performing all summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Stanley Bridge locale.

A Royal Good Time

The Drill Queens

Review by Matt Perry

Their kingdom is wide and crosses the Maritime borders. Their subjects are loyal beyond belief. And PEI's own Drill Queens showed why they are reigning queens of comedy on opening night at The Comedy Barn in Stanley Bridge.

The Drill Queens-Cynthia Dunsford and Laurie Murphy-have performed across the Maritimes including the Halifax Comedy Festival and the Atlantic Fringe Festival during their five-year career. In addition they have been seen on CBC's Madly Off In All Directions and On the Road Again.

However, for the New London shows they have refined their act to appeal to Island-minded audiences. On opening night the crowd was jam-packed with visitors from as far off as Texas and Japan to The Drill Queens' many loyal locals. Nearly 150 comedy seekers filled seats awaiting the comedy royalty.

These fans were not let down. They were treated to Dunsford's impression of Jean Cretien-with a twist. Without spoiling, anything one can safely say The Comedy Barn may be the only place in the world where you will find our Prime Minister singing songs by Ritchie Valens, Bob Dylan and others.

The performers played to the strong point of the venue-the intimacy between performer and the audience. Their sharp minds and fun-loving hearts poked fun at the Women's Television Network, CBS Sports and they pulled off a memorable Riverdance skit.

The pair has worked hard on honing their act and they proved it several times throughout the evening. They managed to tackle many touchy subjects without offending anyone and drawing huge laughs.

Dunsford and Murphy's recipe for comedy calls for daunting physical humour, mixed with plays on words and a dash of sarcasm added to everything they do. The recipe has been a smashing success. The opening night crowd spent most of the night wiping tears of laughter from their eyes and offered a rousing standing ovation for the curtain call.

The show is easily worth the ticket price for a night of laughs and some very impressive singing by Dunsford and Murphy. At the end of the performance, The Comedy Barn owners, Don Harron and Catherine MacKinnon, treated The Drill Queens and the audience to cake and punch to celebrate opening night with true Island hospitality. The duo will be performing all summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Stanley Bridge locale.

Use Your Imagination


4 Play: A Fistful of Improv

Review by Matt Perry

4 Play: Rob MacLean, Rob Macdonald, Ed Rashed, Matt Rainnie. Photo: Pam Bernard

Is there a remedy for the summertime re-run blues? If you're tired of sitting in front of the television or bored of the same old shoot 'em up summer action flicks the Arts Guild in Charlottetown has something for you. 4Play Improv is a great way to spend a Friday evening this summer-and it's entertainment you can control.

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of improvisation comedy, it is, simply put, a comedian's immediate reaction to another's behavior. The 4Play Improv team consists of Rob MacDonald, Rob MacLean, Matt Rainnie and Ed Rashed. With suggestions from the audience one 4Play member constructs a silly or peculiar scene for the three other comedians.

For example, one of the most outrageous scenes during the July 8 show had one cast member trying to solve a crime. Sound simple enough? Well, the crime he had to solve was one he supposedly committed before contracting a case of amnesia. So using hints given to him by a pair of hard-nosed cops our poor amnesiac finally discovered he murdered Mr. Ed, in a goat pen in Anchorage, Alaska, using a nail gun. If this isn't a funny enough scenario, watching the investigators use double-speak to tell the criminal what he has done certainly is.

There were an array of games and topics touched on throughout the night. The comedy team targeted several pop culture icons to tease and taunt. The jokes were well thought out and drew laughs upon laughs.

It is often said that an audience can make or break a performance. This was never so true as with 4Play Improv. The show's only limitation is the audience's imagination. On the other hand the audience will watch a skit develop and then out of nowhere it'll change direction on an actor's whim. The laughter lets the performers know when to change skits or when to keep one going.

This is a high-energy show and is only made better by some great music and themes added at perfectly timed moments. The show is running every Friday at the Arts Guild at 8 pm. It's is a great event to attend with family or friends and would even make a great addition to a date.

However, first hand experience showed me there is the possibility you'll witness your significant other in a love triangle with Matt Rainnie and Roy Rogers.

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