Fringe 2015 Review: "Peter N’ Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Hotel"

Fringe 2015 Review: "Peter N’ Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Hotel"
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Hailing from Vancouver, Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson are three-time Canadian Comedy Award winners for Best Sketch Troupe and Best Comedic Play (2013/2014). Within minutes of watching them, there is no mystery as to how they scored those awards.

Is it still in vogue to say hellafun? Well, call me a retro-rebel because I’m bucking the trend and describing Peter N’ Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Hotel as hellafun, because that’s truly the best word to describe it. Using a combination of storytelling, improv and mime, the pair present a loving spoof of mysteries like Scooby Doo or The Hardy Boys (though Chris decides they are most like the detective duo Nancy and Drew). The plot may seem familiar and predictable, but you might just be surprised. Even with an old-curmudgeon narrator revealing the killer right upfront — or does he? — this adventure has its fair share of twists and turns.

Dressed in regular street clothes, the pair transition through several characters with few costume pieces or props. At times they even bounce between different characters at a quick pace with subtle moves like revealing a knife, then palming the knife. You’re almost sure you shouldn’t be able to follow the action, but you are.

A couple of things make this twosome troupe a standout. First, their ability to turn their storytelling methods on their ear — appearing to be out of sync on choices, for example, as when they both start driving a car and bicker over who is driving and the type of car. After all, they both have the same proof: an invisible steering wheel. Second, the self-awareness that they are likely having the most fun in the room, but they’re going to work their hardest to get us to that level too. 

Peter N' Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Hotel
Peter n' Chris - Toronto, Canada
Venue: Pink
Length: 60 minutes
Rating: 13 and up
Price: $11
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