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Leegion

 

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Step into the demented and whimsical mind of Rapid Fire Theatre's Leeboyes for 45 minutes. In his improvised show he tells three random horror tales while sometimes asking the audience for inspiration. With unscripted live guitar work, Leeboyes has fun turning into a character that resembles a salivating Igor, a demonic dog, a menacing little girl, a naked witch, and more. The combination of the haunting rock guitar and the coloured lights works well to move the story along. Of course, this was my experience. As with improv, yours could be completely different. While the show is minimalist, Leeboyes along with his stage team make sure the audience is awake and somewhat frightened. His character switches and reliance on common horror-based tropes becomes old hat very quickly, but his ability to drum up dark scenarios in seconds is impressive to watch. Reviewed by Stephan Boissonneault.
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3/ 5


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Dates / Times:
  • 7:00 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 11:15 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 5:00 pm - 2017/08/20
  • 10:00 pm - 2017/08/22
  • 12:30 pm - 2017/08/24
  • 6:15 pm - 2017/08/27



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Posted 2017/08/18 by

One Review


  1.  
    Brady Sylvester

    Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock were combined and reincarnated in Lee Boyes, the one-man improv band that is Leegion.

    An improv show typically gives the performers room to breathe; to back up and let someone else take centre stage while their brains recuperate. A one-man show typically has a carefully rehearsed script to rely on. Leegion (for we are many) takes these forms and combines them to remove any possibility of a crutch. It’s just Lee, out there on the ledge, daring us not to look away. (OK, he does have excellent musical accompaniment from Luke the Master Guitarist.)

    Lee’s mime skills (part of the show may even be a silent movie experience, but certainly not all) are mesmerizing – where a street performer might convince you he’s trapped in a box, Lee Boyes makes you feel like you’re trapped in whatever world he’s created with him.

    Dancing between characters, times, places, and moods, Lee keeps it all together and delicately balanced. There’s never any question who the (in the case of this show only, because you’ll never see the same thing twice – this is improvised, after all) demonic doll is, and what she’s up to with the deformed servant, the frightened child, and the master of the house.

    That was just one of three tales centered around the audience’s suggestion for the evening. What you’ll get when you attend will be completely different, but it’s a ride through the Twilight Zone, with a John Carpenter twist.





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