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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.

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