The Best of the Cromoli Brothers!
For Immediate Release:
The Amazing and Impermeable Cromoli Brothers Present:
The Best of the Cromoli Brothers!
Starring the Ever Effervescent St. John and Hasbro Cromoli!
Written and Performed by Lucas Myers and Guests
195 Cuba St.
Thursday to Saturday
February 23, 24 and 25
Tix: $12, $10 students, $8 Fringe pass
Show Length: 60 minutes
Cromoli Brothers’ Vaudeville Extravaganza Better Than ‘Cats’!
After performing to sold out audiences in Canada, The Amazing and Impermeable Cromoli Brothers are bringing their Vaudeville Extravaganza to the New Zealand Fringe Festival Thursday to Saturday, February 23rd, 24th and 25th at 8 Pm at the Bluenote, 195 Cuba St! THE BEST OF THE CROMOLI BROTHERS is a must-see performance by the ferociously talented St. John and Hasbro Cromoli, who will sing, act, juggle, dance, and perform feats of such ridiculousness and vulnerability that you will not only laugh and cry but perhaps be left with that odd tingling sensational that occurs when it’s raining, the sun is shining and it’s the dead of night. Impossible? Well, when you have 15 Vaudevillian Vignettes ranging from the poignant to the political to the absurd, featuring original music performed on ukulele, glockenspiel and melodica (we’re not sure what that is either. -ed) anything can happen.
Rather then attempt a summary of the experience, we will allow the play list for this BEST OF performance to speak for itself: The Rich, Dear Mary I’m in a Gang Now, Pilot Talk, Photo Op, War, The Interview, Cover Song, Shot in the Dark, Drink Break, Karaoke, Nude Beach, Guest Starring, I Heart Peter Jackson, Political Play, and Love. “We’re pulling out all the stops for this one.” says St. John. “The wonderful thing about the show is that with over fifteen vignettes, if you are watching one and you don’t like it you can be assured it is going to be over soon. That’s not to say it is our intention to perform things people don’t enjoy, its just reassuring to know you aren’t going to be stuck in some interminable six hour version of Miss Julie. Not that there is anything wrong with a six hour version of Miss Julie. God, I hope there isn’t a six hour version of Miss Julie at the Fringe! The vignettes average about four minutes each so the show is an hour in length. Some are very short. I like those ones.”
In a unique twist, the audience is responsible for choosing the order of the plays. “This is one of our favourite aspects of the show. The audience gets to be involved and we have no control over what is coming next which is terrifying and ensures we stay spontaneous, which in turn ensures that we are very, very funny. As everyone knows terrified + spontaneous = very, very funny. In fact, one of the biggest complaints we’ve had from people leaving the show is that their faces hurt from laughing so much. So we would just like to apologize in advance to anyone who comes to see the show. Sorry about your face.”
An added bonus is the Guest Appearance which will feature a different local performer each night. “We haven’t been able to go through all of the application tapes for the Guest Appearance yet as Hasbro is still recovering from our last performance in Nelson, British Columbia. He managed to get a sock puppet lodged in his larynx, very painful. We can tell you that we make a point of having no idea exactly what the person is going to perform, so we’ll be as surprised as you are. In the past we’ve had a Japanese wedding singer, modern dance by a mother of two, and a raccoon tamer. Like I said: terrified, spontaneous, very very funny.”
WARNING: NUDE SOCK PUPPETS, HILARITY, DAVID BOWIE
Lucas Myers is an actor, director, writer and
composer who has toured internationally and performed in
many of the major theatres across Canada. He is a graduate
National Theatre School of Canada and has studied with the SITI Company in New
York. His theatre company, NoFrills Theatre Co, is dedicated to producing new work in collaboration with theatre artists from around the world.
“Myers is brilliant”
– Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper
“Lucas Myers reveals himself as a star.”
–Georgia Straight, Vancouver’s weekly
“Myers is so strong as he wraps his face, body and voice round every character that the audience is held hostage by his humor.”
- Victoria News, Victoria, BC
“Lucas Myers is almost too damn good: from physical
comedy to tragic nervousness,
Myers shines... adding a level of charm and humanity.”
- Monday Magazine, Victoria weekly
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