It’s no secret that Sex T-Rex is well-loved here in Toronto – this local comedy troupe is looking at jam-packed houses, cheering patrons and standing ovations at the Fringe, and it’s clear why.
If you’ve never been to a Sex T-Rex show before, here’s what you can expect: slapstick comedy and crazy physicality. These comedians are fresh, inventive, and have loads of fun on stage – and their contagious energy ripples through the audience.
Their latest creation Wasteland, is a fast-paced comic book-style post-apocalyptic spoof, inspired by a mixture of pop culture, most noticeably, Mad Max. The Sex T-Rex comedians are professionals at distorting genres and will catch you off guard with clever writing and unconventional punch lines.
The world is in shambles and one quirky janitor, Ernest (Conor Bradbury) and his dog, Boy (Kaitlin Morrow) are on a mission: to get to the “Graceland of the Wasteland.” On their way there, they encounter just about everything, from mutants to a murder derby, all while being chased down by Ernest’s “boss’s” army members – one who continually shouts his tagline (and Twitter handle) aloud: guts for days!
The “boss” appears every so often, Wizard-of-Oz-style, as a shadow with red laser eyes, hidden behind a white curtain, to scream commands.
It’s a bit dark at times, but the entire show is played as a hyperbolized joke, comprised of exaggerated movements and sounds, shadow puppetry, and hilariously drawn-out deaths. The real magic however, stems from the troupe’s original choreography.
With very minimal props – usually just some rubber tubes – the performers create action-packed scenes with body movement alone (choreography by Kaitlin Morrow and fight direction by Kevin MacPherson). From slo-mo fighting, to cars flipping over, to climbing ladders to rescue a radio antenna, these performers are masters of physical comedy.
Sex T-Rex’s high-energy goofball style and awe-inducing movement is a testament to the troupe's loyal following. I’m telling you, Toronto, see Wasteland while it’s here – and you may want to buy your tickets ahead of time.
Directed by Alec Toller, Wasteland runs at the Randolph Theatre, as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival, until July 9. For more information, visit www.fringetoronto.com.