Sunday, May 23, 2010

OW @ Fringe: The Cody Rivers Show Presents â?? Right Back Where We Finished

Posted By on Sun, May 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

The Cody Rivers Show Presents â?? Right Back Where We Finished

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5/20 THU 8:10PM

5/22 SAT 11:00AM

5/23 SUN 2:50PM

5/25 TUE 7:40PM

5/27 THU 10:30PM

5/28 FRI 6:40PM

5/29 SAT 6:55PM

A recession-strapped football coach tries to explain the labyrinthian rules of rugby to his team with the rapid-fire patter of a car dealership disclaimer. A pair of trivia-spouting brothers competes in an epic roshambo face-off. A prairie dog and ant colony battle over the fate of an errant candy bar. These are but a handful of the inexplicable skits you'll experience in Right Back Where We Finished, the latest comic triumph from the Cody Rivers Show. Cody Rivers' head-spinning blend of verbal trickery and physical tomfoolery was the smash hit of the last two Fringes, and this year looks to be no different.

Creator/performers Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor barely need to walk onstage to pull a laugh, with their matching mohawks and Epcot-like teal-and-orange outfits. Once they start in with their goofy yet deceptively graceful dancing, lexicographical absurdities (an entire scene in over-elaborate archaic English, with doors christened â??hinge-wall-pass-through-hole-plugâ?�) and sudden, surreal scene shifts â?? well, I fell off my back-crack.

Whether engaging in an improv conversation with an audience member over a tin can telephone or telling the tale of Mittens the Forklift-Driving Snake through Mummenschanz-style puppet hands, Cody Rivers is never less than endlessly inventive. We can argue whether this year's edition is less thematically coherent than previous ones, but by they time they bust out into a percussive pantomime ping-pong kung-fu brawl, you'll be laughing too hard to care.

â?? Seth Kubersky



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