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Theatre Reviews

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 2MTC Up the Alley
60 Min­utes
Parental guid­ance
Warn­ing: mild language