Animal inspirations on the heart of a brand new inappropriate comedy

As a toddler, I watched a whole lot of nature documentaries. One factor that has all the time fascinated me, except for the weird consuming behaviors of animals, has been the number of mating rituals utilized by completely different species, particularly birds. Some danced to draw mates. Some have puffed as much as look larger. Some have constructed elaborate nests. Some have given presents.

Ultimately I bought a e book detailing the mating and sexual behaviors of dozens of various species, focusing totally on sea creatures. Fascinating stuff.

I’ve all the time been within the number of methods people work together with animals. Some folks regard their pets as their kids, which is ok I suppose, so long as you do not think about the implications of issues like protecting them in a cage. When my son was little he bought into bother in school as a result of he insisted that his pet cat was his sister. Different folks take their relationships with animals to excessive ranges, some extra creepy than cute.

Which brings us to Chew Me Huge Time, a brand new sketch comedy written by Windsor group The Pickle Jam Collective. It premiered on the Windsor-Essex Playwriting Contest in 2021, and whereas we at Publish Productions discovered it hilarious, we did not suppose it actually suited our sort of theater. So we turned to the Purple Theater Firm for an opportunity to supply it collectively, since we completely wished to see it on stage and it appeared to slot in completely with the Purple model. And right here we’re; Chew Me Huge Time will premiere at The Shadowbox Theater on July 15, 2022.

The sketches revolved round two therapists (performed by Kevin Doak and Fay Lynn) who’re visited by quite a lot of shoppers who relate to animals in weird and hilarious methods.

A few of these folks wish to be animals. In “Excessive on Edibles” two ladies, Maria (performed by Mikayla Bondy) who needs to be a black widow, and Wendy (performed by Jennifer Desaulniers) who needs to be a prey mantis, search the assistance of their therapists as a result of they want to provoke a “group” with the terrified man (performed by Michael Ok. Potter) that they each noticed. They’re involved that his earlier relationships could have made him reluctant to simply accept this new settlement and hope that therapists may help him make it occur. The issue, in fact, is that each ladies wish to kill him after mating.

And in “Ostrichgasm” Harriet (performed by Linda Collard) cannot have regular relationships as a result of she would not even perceive the which means of getting a accomplice, since she reaches orgasm each time she walks.

After which there’s “Whale Story,” through which Duane (performed by Michael Ok. Potter) first tries to persuade the therapist that he must show everyone seems to be loopy however him, however in the end reveals his actual drawback: he needs to be a whale and society won’t settle for it.

Different sketches characteristic folks whose relationships with animals are, properly, out of the abnormal. In “Not Eggactly Love” Marcel (performed by Joey Ouellette) wants assist as a result of his household and his associates suppose he is loopy for marrying a rooster. Not solely that, his hen bride, named Pauline, would not even like her.

Buck (performed by Alyx Magwood) in “Go away it to Beaver” has a really completely different type of drawback: a childhood accident led him to get pleasure from dressing up as a tree and being pissed by canine. The right way to reconcile this need with the modest calls for of our civilized world?

In “Fish Story” Mandy (performed by Shana Thibert) discovered after a profitable pedicure that she likes to be gnawed by fish. She is not content material with getting her toes nibbled, now she has larger tasks and he or she is considering of larger fish.

Talking of fascinating sea creatures, Janetta (performed by Rebecca Mickle) and Francis (performed by Michael Ok. Potter) search remedy due to Janetta’s work with dolphins. The issue isn’t that she works with dolphins, really, however that her job is to please a selected dolphin named after Zac Effron, who threatens to break her marriage.

Then we’ve got sketches of people who find themselves – or behave like – animals. In case you’ve ever checked out your cat and puzzled for those who would settle for his habits of him if he have been a human roommate, these sketches are for you.

Jamie (performed by Joey Ouellette) acts like a cat and Willie (performed by Alyx Magwood) acts like a canine in “Adopted Brothers”. These two are pressured to dwell collectively, however their personalities and instincts are so completely different that they want skilled assist to deliver peace to their dwelling.

Jenny (performed by Chantel Pare) in “Squirrel Woman” is worrying a couple of gentleman who behaves like many canine do – which would not be an issue if Jenny wasn’t a squirrel.

In “Bee Calm” a gaggle of girls (performed by Mikayla Bondy, Jennifer Desaulniers, Chantel Pare, Linda Collard, Rebecca Mickle and Shana Thibert) search assist as a result of they’ve found that they’ve all seen the identical man (performed by Joey Ouellette) who appears to be like like trick them and deal with them like a harem as is usually the case with bugs.

Jan (performed by Shana Thibert) and Yasmin (performed by Linda Collard) in “Shark Sisters” have been in a relationship for seven years, however their relationship is displaying cracks now that Jan has introduced the boys dwelling. Not solely have they got to maintain shifting to remain alive, they need to unearth the deepest need on the root of their unhappiness.

In “Penguin Males,” two males who’re, properly, penguins – Barnaby (performed by Joey Ouellette) and Marcus (performed by Alyx Magwood) – are nervous about having to depart their church, which disapproves of their shut and loving relationship.

Lastly there are two sketches on the finish of Chew Me Huge Time that do not match into any of the above classes.

The issue in “Snake Oil” is a perception, particularly a infantile perception that Ellen (performed by Rebecca Mickle) cannot shake off: specifically that snakes are indifferent penises and clams are indifferent vaginas.

And in “Pigs” 4 members of the Guinea Pig Socialization Affiliation search assist as a result of three of them have been impressed by the habits of their guinea pigs. In brief, once they get collectively their guinea pigs like to mate with one another. Wendy (performed by Mikayla Bondy), Gwendoline (performed by Jennifer Desaulniers) and Mitchell (performed by Alyx Magwood) consider that the human members of the membership ought to begin emulating guinea pigs, however Brad (performed by Michael Ok. Potter) will win ‘t collaborate.

There’s something for everybody with a barely perverse quirky humorousness in Chew Me Huge Time. You will end up laughing at stuff you’ve by no means thought of earlier than, stuff you fear about you should not discover humorous, and characters who could typically appear to be folks you have met.

Chew Me Huge Time will probably be carried out at The Shadowbox Theater (103b – 1501 Howard avenue) on July 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30. Present time 8:00 pm (doorways open 7:30 pm). Tickets $ 20 away or money on the door. Written by The Pickle Jam Collective. Directed by Joey Ouellette. Produced by Joey Ouellette, Fay Lynn and Michael Ok. Potter. Chew Me Huge Time is a co-production by Publish Productions and Viola Theater Firmin collaboration with Waawiiyaatanong Feminist Theater.

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