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The Ballad of Johnny Boy

Reviewed By: Kevin Longfield

July 27 2018

This play is one the four shortlisted for the Harry Rintoul award for best new Manitoban play at the Fringe. The three creators, Duncan Cox, Tanner Manson and Ben Townsley play “masters of the afterlife” who celebrate the passing of famous people such as Jesus Christ and Winston Churchill, but in this case celebrate an ordinary man from Newfoundland.

The humour is endearing and good-natured, and the performers work well together, making full use of the stage and their physical differences. Although The Ballad of Johnny Boy has received recognition for its playwriting, the outstanding feature for me were the three-part harmonies of the voices and the overall musicality of the production. It’s a good-time exploration of myth and legend that should give everyone a smile as they leave the theatre.

The Ballad of Johnny Boy
Venue 2 – MTC Up the Alley
Play-Comedy
60 Minutes
Parental guidance
Warning: mild language