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So, this is the cultist underbelly of the fringe. Every night, Sorry Not Sorry theatre stages a live action Dungeons and Dragons episode. There is a line up outside. Sorry has to pull out extra chairs. The audience members crowd the theatre, they are totally enthused. The host says “Yeg”, they shout “DND” and it’s louder because an audience of DND fans can drown out a sound system. The recurring characters seem a predictable lot of vaguely phallocentric characters: Dinky who’s “a little bit ditzy” (she’s a lot ditzy, and she doesn’t wear much clothing), cerebral Malphis, slightly less ditzy Panwick (don’t worry, her sense of direction is just as bad as DInky’s), etcetera. (You can buy the character cards for $2.50 so you can play the characters at your home group of DND.) They have a quest, they accomplish the quest, and the sage continues tomorrow. This is catnip for the DND crowd. (Four and a half stars if you are.) It’s mediocre fun if you’re not (like two stars), but no one is forcing you to go, either. Reviewed by Jay Smith.
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  • 7:30 pm - 2017/08/18
  • 7:30 pm - 2017/08/19
  • 7:30 pm - 2017/08/20
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5 Reviews


  1.  
    Carl Rees

    Awful, worst improv i’ve ever seen




  2.  
    Robyn Slack

    Using the high fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons as a backdrop for some hilarious, heartfelt improv, YEG DND brings something truly unique to the Edmonton Fringe. The four characters (a dimwitted barbarian, a crusty old adventurer pulled out of retirement, a kind-hearted bard and a gnome warlock cursed with apocalyptic visions) all play with the broad tropes of their archetypes while also subverting them in clever and funny ways, and each is riotously entertaining to watch.

    While a lot of the biggest laughs come from simply pairing these characters off and watching the sparks fly, perhaps YEG DND’s strongest feature is its use of giant 20-sided dice, which the audience roll to determine everything from knowledge checks to the outcomes of battles (the fights, like everything, are improvised, which is maybe the most impressive part of the whole affair). The music is spot on and changes on a dime as the scenes require, the “NPCs” delight in creating all manner of foul monsters and ridiculous townsfolk, and Dungeon Master Sammy is refreshingly fun, playing it less like the doom and gloom, cackling maniac you might see in a bad VHS board game and more like someone you’d actually want to play some D&D with.

    It’d be easy to mine the fantasy genre for some easy jokes, but YEG DND attempts something far more interesting, aiming instead for genuine character moments and an epic over-arching narrative that spans the entire run of the Fringe. The crazy part is, it totally works.




  3.  
    Pat J

    yegDND is a dungeons & dragons improvised adventure. They market the show as a family friendly, whimsical tale about a group of heroes spread out over ten episodic shows. What could have been a fun, lighthearted adventure in the key of CS Lewis, instead became a horny teenage nerd’s fantasy. No scene is complete without at least a handful of dick jokes, and the lead females are nothing more than fan-servicing sex props for comedic purposes. The dungeon master tries her best to herd the confused actors into some semblance of a story, but no ground is gained over the course of the 60 minute show. If you enjoy terrible fantasy fanfiction, go see yegDND.  But if you’re looking for a quality improv show, feel free to pass.




  4.  
    Krista

    What did I just watch? I have seen this show before in past years and enjoyed taking my kids to see but this year was a nitemare I’m glad they weren’t foced to sit through. This season features Malphius, a crazy cowardly prophet, Panwick, a bighearted bard, Dinky, a barely clothed barbarian, and Coda, a godlike being obsesed with world peace.

    The story of todays show was as follows. Coda arrives to send the three adventurers on a quest to find a magical scroll that will help with their quest for world peace. Before they embark, he holds Panwick back and they instead go on a quest to find a shirt her lovers made for her. After fighting dopellgangers, singing a couple songs and befriending a ghost and his mother, their adventure wraps up.

    I may go back to see the finale after all this kind of show can only get better as they get more comfortable on stage. But I wont be recomending this to anyone this year, as the story has lost its charm since last year and also had some very uncomfortable jokes that felt out of place in a childish story.




  5.  
    Trevor

    Worst year ever.
    I’ve seen this show the last 3 years and it feels like its getting worse and worse. I was hoping that they would turn things around this year but now I’ll be spending my evenings checking out other shows.
    This year they are trying new things to bring life to the show like new space, new cast, new music, etc. But none of it does anything to address the actual problem with the show. It all stinks and it definitely doesn’t “totally work.” (That review made me sick, sorry.)

    Although, you wouldn’t be able to tell if u asked one of their die hard fans. They seem to like it no matter what, but I’d love to ask them what they think of the changes.

    The main problem I have with the show is the show itself. Its supposed to be improv or long form improv as I’ve heard, but they seem to care more about out doing each other’s ideas than telling a story. There are a few cast that seem to always play the same character every year so their character work is lacking too. Their costumes are great and that’s about it. The DM, (Sammie), is trying her best to make sense of everything but it feels more like she’s trying to drive stick with her hands tied.
    This show used to be great, then it was good, and it skipped ok and bad and now it’s this.





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