That Dog Was A Band Now presents In The Trenches, a duet of original comedies.
In The Trenches: A Double Feature
False Creek Gym, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
Well, we actually do a Double Feature of shows – they are very different pieces, but both are physical comedy theatre. The first is about three fools in the trenches of World War I. This play explores political themes without being “in your face political” and has been compared stylistically to a new-age Marx Brothers or Three Stooges, but dark and with an agenda, with dramatic undercurrents that ride along with the utter chaos of the comedy.
The second half of the show is a freshly devised piece of commedia dell ‘arte, which is, debatably, the original form of traveling troubadour comedy. We use traditional masks, and wrote ourselves a scenario as stereotypically classic as we could – so it is about an old miser selling his daughter’s hand in marriage to settle his own debts – but we rejuvenate this 500 year old style with a burst of thoroughly modern humor.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
We are highly trained physical comedians and we have good reason to believe that our show is seriously funny. Collectively, we have spent our careers entertaining audiences all around the world, and when we all devoted a few months to getting together to make the independent art we wanted to make, this theatre-show is what happened.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
Darkwing Duck, because he is a duck, therefore strange, and is also more chaotic than your average superhero. Our stylized comedy craft sometimes makes us feel out of place on this circuit. We are the only group touring the CAFF with more than two people in it. Most shows are one or two person shows and usually people end up in flattering costumes that make them look hip and cool and beautiful. We are sort of these odd grotesque-ish clown people, with fat suits and blacked out teeth and also masks. IGN Ranked Darkwing Duck as the 93rd best animated series, but those who watched him were really digging it. Sometimes, in some ways, our troupe thinks that our own romantic image of what theatre can be makes it harder to achieve “success” on this Fringe circuit. Even though our reviews have been quite good, our “word of mouth” from fellow artists and patrons this summer has been the most encouraging part of the process. I’m sure 93rd ranked Darkwing feels the same way. And, just like Darkwing Duck’s superhero alter-ego Drake Mallard, we take care of a young duckling-girl named Gosalyn by day and are merely Heroes by night.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
Our tour-friends over at Happiness™ do a show that is extremely different than ours but very successful, compelling, and funny. We love them and their show and recommend it to everybody.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.