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One of a Kind Productions

Show Goons

Location + schedule

Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St.

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Friday 8/610:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/84:00 p.m.  
Thursday 8/125:30 p.m.  
Friday 8/1310:00 p.m.  
Sunday 8/154:00 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Violence, Adult language
For ages 16+
Musical theater, Comedy, Relationships, Political

Created by Chris Kind

Overall rating

Add a little bad to your Fringe experience this year with this musical comedy that will steal your black heart. Show Goons is the story of four men at crossroads in their lives who find themselves working for Robocalypse, a well known super villain. Attendance counts as course credit toward your degree in villainy. Book and music by Chris Kind, Choreography by Angelyn Faust, Directed by Jason Kruger.

Claire Lloyd
Role: Nostradameus

Ben VanderSluis
Role: Stage Ninja

Chris Kind
Role: Phil

Andrew Brynildson
Role: Dennis

Alan Just
Role: Hawkeye

Pat Menning
Role: Winston

Jason Kruger
Role: Major Flamer, Gene, Synergy Man

User reviews

Public Demands A Part II!
by Richard Shields Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was a great show. Clever, well performed and full of humor, plus a live band and people who can sing neat songs. We also got some comic book style props and costumes too!

I wish I had seen it earlier in the fringe cycle so I could have shared how good this production was. I for one hope to see "The Return of Robocalypse" - either at a future fringe or at some other performance venue.

BTW, the inside knowledge of server at a small Japanese restaurant who dropped me a word was my first clue the show was suppose to be good! She was indeed right!

by Kassie Church Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Super fun with great effects and a band. Awesome.

by Publius McGee Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The singing, the dancing, the stage ninja! I don't know anything about comics and I loved this. What is with Fringe and amazing musicals this year, huh? This one is one of the best.

Right in my wheelhouse!
by Sam Landman Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
First off, this is a comedy. If you're looking for some soft-headed musical pablum, head your dumbass to Chanhassen. This ain't for you.

Kind's script makes for the perfect Fringe show. It's odd, quirky and it takes risks along the way, never caring if the audience gets it and only caring about if the right people get it. Most of all, it's fun. It makes fun of itself, the actors are having a blast and it never takes itself too seriously.

Most of all, if you like comic books, THIS IS A SHOW FOR YOU.

The cast revels in its geekiness. And that makes for a show that excels at pleasing the crowd without pandering to the crowd. Again, the RIGHT people will get it.

And speaking of cast, they're tight as a funeral drum and 1,000,000,000,000 times funnier. Claire Lloyd is one of the reasons why I recommend seeing this show. She's a standout, mixing stereotypical villainess ramblings with a mixture of perfect humor and sexuality. Ben (Stage Ninja) is one of those stage devices I wish I'd come up with and this guy is perfect. Chris Kind not only wrote this, but is also an amazing singer (plus, he's in PRINCESS JESSICA & THE KINGDOM OF BOOGERS / how he does it, I don't know). Andrew Brynildson plays to his sweet spot as Dennis, uber-nerd. This guy's comic timing and crazy energy is one of the reasons I come back to the Monday Night Comedy Show (The Beat Coffeehouse @ 8 pm every Monday) whenever I can.

Okay, this review is getting too wordy. The cast is spot-on, the script is awesome, the music kickass and the whole event is pure, unadulterated Fringe of the highest caliber. Why aren't you getting tickets for their final 4 PM show NOW?

'Nuff said?

Great Show!
by Frank Neubecker Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Awesome Musical and very funny.

Cute Songs Competent Cast
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Good news: the good guys are dispensable dweebs, the bad guys are lethally legion, the femme fatale is an absolute knockout, the tech and props are brilliant, and the songs are fun. Bad news: the head villain and some of the exposition is clunky.

Friday 10PM Show
by QASIMARA Bittersweet Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
... WAS more fun and the guy at the end said we were the best audience.

Every actor is totally committed to their respective role and never broke character.

Live band!

One singer was saving his voice for Sunday, indicating to me how much he's been putting out for the crowd. GET A FRONT SEAT to catch the subtleties and their perfectly chiseled expressions.

Pow! Bam! Fun!
by Andrew Fafoutakis Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Went to this on a recommendation with an open slot. Awesome show. Great, witty music. Cool costumes and amazing staging. I smell a cult-classic. This could easily be an off-Broadway sensation like The Toxic Avenger. Go see this while tickets are still affordable. You're in for a fun evening.

YOU are truly the target audience.
by Nate Melcher Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A quick note to folks considering skipping this one because they don’t think they’re nerdy enough: please reconsider. Here’s why…

I remember being on one of our high school marching band trips, this one to New York City, and the promise we’d see a great show on Broadway. The teens all wanted to see Rent – it was new and fresh and had youth appeal – but somehow 150 teens were outvoted by 20 adults who decided we’d see Showboat, instead. In terms of target audience, Rent would have been much more poignant and engaging. While Showboat wasn’t meant for us, we learned something important that day: aimed at us or not, it was an amazing musical and a great show is still a great show. If you’re not into musicals or comic books or jokes about being a geek or any of the other pieces that make up Show Goons – please don’t make the assumption it’s not for you. It’s a great show and great shows are always for you. And Show Goons is a great show.

Show Goons has a lot of heart and a lot of talent coursing through its 55 minutes and the Friday 10:00pm crowd ate it up. From the musical numbers filled with solos, choruses, and a gifted live musical ensemble to the character subplots injected throughout the main story, the show barely stops to catch its breath. It chooses breakneck speed over poignant silence and does so with apology. Not that any is needed; a show steeped in comic book lore, sound effects, and plot devices deserves the chance to start with high energy stakes and end even higher.

Much has been written about the stand-out elements that make the show fun: the “stage ninja” whipping out sound and visual effects a la comic book style word balloons and cartoonish flats, the outrageous costumes ranging from sexy to nerdy, and the snappy dialogue filled with more pop culture and cult classic references than your average Friday night Magic: The Gathering tournament. However, it’s the acting I would highlight. Yes, the characters are played broadly and each character serves a particular archetype with predictable, stereotypical personality traits. And yet, I’m hard-pressed to think of an established musical that doesn’t do this at least to some extent, anyway. Really, the actors are having fun up there on the stage and are clearly interested in only one thing: spreading their fun to the audience.

Volume issues do plague this show, between tongue-twisting lyrics, demanding choreography, and a talented yet often-loud music ensemble. But this is forgivable for two big reasons: 1. whenever we couldn’t understand a line, there was always a fresh one immediately afterward ready to make us laugh and 2. I’ll wager many of us can think of at least a few favorite songs in which we still haven’t deciphered all the words. Still, I recommend sitting in the front of the house, if possible, and paying close attention.

As for the script, again it’s broad and plays to the clichés of the genre. But that’s precisely what the show needs as both a musical and a nuanced nerdy one at that. Let me put it this way: Show Goons is the kind of show that makes me jealous I didn’t write and produce first.

Finally, kudos to Andy Brynildson for having the courage to play himself.

Split decision seconded
by Darlene Arnold Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Must have seen the same show as Mark Milner. Agree totally with his assessment. Bet the Friday 10 pm show will be more fun!

a split decision
by mark browning milner Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
well, let's talk about the good stuff first. fine singing (especially the tenors), cool robot costume, and wonderful work by the ninja with all his (her?) comic book interjections. less-than-good stuff = the songs, band, story, and jokes were all so-so, although a late night show with a bigger crowd might help (saturday, perhaps?). so, looking for a musical? see this before "cosmo the musical" or "shrubs" but after "untold lies", "trouble in tahiti", and "zombie high school".

by Jen Zalar Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I give this show 5 Kitties, even though I'm a little scared what Phil will do with them.

This show was fun. Ridiculously well done in its ridiculousness. The performance was silly, a little raw in places, but that just added to the fun. Everything I want in a musical.

Two Scoops of Awesome.
by B. B. Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Show Goons, a musical, was awesome.

The acting was superb, the dialogue witty and the songs were brilliant.
The entire cast was great but I especially liked the ninja and his deft handling of the props.

This play was so much fun, I was disappointed when it was over. Excellent show, you'd be a good to miss it.

The Best show of the year
by Brian B. Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Show goons is the BEST show of this fringe. The music is catchy but not kitschy. The acting and singing is top notch. The special effects are exactly what you think a Fringe show should do for maximum effect: simple yet effective.

You do NOT have to be immersed in the comic book world for this to be funny or to make sense. They may have based it on comic book kitsch, but it is a tour de force of musical goodness as well as a genuine story.

Done Perfectly
by Kay Tobias Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was fun and entertaining. Very clever idea with the costumes. The cutouts were a brilliant effect! You could tell that they put a lot of work in to this!

Ambitious and Fun
by Sid Solomon Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Staging an original musical at the Fringe is always a commendable endeavor.

The performances were a tad uneven, and the book was at times inconsistent, but sometimes you just want to see a Canadian Robot Musical.

Worth a look, for sure.

Robocalypse now!
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Great singing and dancing from some unlikely-looking guys! This is a comic book story about a megalomaniac robot whose head recruiter is a dominatrix and whose sworn foe is the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It's entirely silly and loads of fun. Removed one kitty because the evil robot was barely intelligible in the sound system.

Fantastic Live-Action Comic Book
by Laura Cuccia-Nilsen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I loved this fantastic live-action comic book style musical! The actors did a great job and the music was fun. I was really impressed by the singing talent in this show. I loved the stage ninja who made the awesome comic book effects possible and was a great character himself. I enjoyed the costumes which were campy and comical, but still polished. I couldn't stop smiling at this laugh out loud comedy musical.

Sweet Villainy
by Sharon Kahn Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Even in a year when you can't throw a rock without hitting a musical, this one stands out. If you want to see outstanding singing, acrobatics, and yes, ACTING, ignore the inane title and show description and see this one. The plot is a silly comic-book thing, but who cares? It's a musical. The writing is witty, the tunes are infectious, and the (slow motion cardboard) special effects are to die for. Somehow the cast makes you care about these ridiculous characters. The love duet is a highlight of the show - not only beautifully done but genuinely moving.

My husband insisted this was a 5-kitty production but I didn't believe him. He happily sat through it a second time to prove his point. He was right.

Hail Robocalypse
by Derek Miller Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Here is a lesson in successful Fringeyness.

These guys took a ridiculous concept that, on paper, should only appeal to a specific niche audience, and put it together in such an enthusiastic and infectious way that the appeal will now explode out and invite the non-nerds among us to come in and gaze in wonder at the screwed-up world currently inhabiting the theater. And here's that ridiculous premise: four seriously un-extraordinary guys with questionable morals answer a want ad to be henchmen for a supervillian. And it's a musical. And it's pretty damn funny.

Right away, we meet our protagonists, who have thus far practiced fairly low levels of evil: a relentlessly "self-improving" telemarketer, an insurance claims adjuster with a (literal) hard-on for denying claims, a hyper security guard with a penchant for beating up minorities, and a basement-dwelling slob who wears his comic book nerd snobbishness proudly on his (probably Cheeto-stained) sleeve. All of the performers are good singers whose voices capture the overbaked tone of comic books quite well.

Everything in this show is lifted from the comic book world, from the over-the-top Doctor Doom inspired villian Robocalypse to uber sexy villainess Nostradameus to white bread superhero Synergy Man. The range of jokes shows a great love and respect for the comic book and scifi mediums, but they are unafraid to subvert them when they see fit. And during the whole show, the mysterious Stage Ninja creeps about, providing us with the visual comic book "POWS!", animating the fireballs and causing villains to fly. The clever touches added by the Ninja are, of course, inexpensive solutions to the problems of showing superpowers on stage, but they are inventive and often hilarious.

All of that is good enough, but the thing that really sold me on this show is how much fun the actors seem to be having do it. I think they genuinely love every minute of this show, and their enthusiasm is infectious. There are rough patches in this show where pacing is off and staging is a little awkward (and some things, such as the character Major Flamer, that simply don't work at all), but I am more than willing to overlook that, because I had a really good time.

I don't know anything about this company or any of the people in it. Their show description is only two sentences long. I haven't run into any of these guys handing out flyers. They don't even list the actors' bios on the website. So, I was happy that the only "I'll see something at random" choice that I made this year at Fringe was this one.

by evelyn blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I thought this was funny, but compared to the others I saw I thought of it as more of a filler show.

Loved the ninja!

Very, very funny
by Mike Halsne Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Great music and laugh-out-loud funny. It's a great story with a talented cast. Almost anyone will get a big kick out of this show. But if you're a little bit geeky or a fanboy(girl) at all, you love it.

Any show with a stage ninja in it..
by Scott Linke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
has gotta be seen right? A whole bunch belly laughs await you if dare to behold the maniaclly evil plot of Robocalypse unfold. I loved the whole premise of a live action comic book musical. The songs and performances were great, and you are not going to believe the special effects.

Must see.

stage ninja go!
by Jennifer Walker Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this show but man, these guys and gal delivered. Clever writing, tight choreography and great voices. I won't even go there with the costuming budget.

by Scott Keever Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
My title isn't derogatory - in fact, it's meant as a HUGE complement. A musical about supervillains, with cartoon effects, a live band, and amazingly funny actors? What's NOT to like about this very unique and hilarious show?

There are some really cool ideas and great characters (a telemarketer and a basement-dwelling gamer turned supervillain henchmen - instant funny!) The music is great, too, and doesn't get in the way of the fun of the show. My only note is that some of the songs seem to be below the vocal range of the actors. But that is a minor quibble - Go See This Show! You'll laugh til the Superfriends Arrive!

Bring Your Own Death Ray
by Drew Losure Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I came to this show prepared to see something entertaining, with clever writing and music. I would expect nothing less from One Of A Kind productions.
What I got far exceeded my expectations. An ensemble cast with no weak links. A strong, trained chorus to match the stunning duets and solos. A three part live band for the music. An incredibly active stage ninja whose primary role was placing the comic-book-like special effect fireballs and sound effect boxes, but whose personality made him an entertaining character all on his own.
Amazing hand created costumes.

This must have been a creation of love, sweat, and tears. The amount of work that went into this must have been pretty intimidating.

Recommended for everyone with a sense of humor, a heart (regular or withered-black) and functioning vital organs.

Really, if you go to this show and don't enjoy it expect to be met by a guy with a chainsaw soon BECAUSE YOU ARE THE WALKING DEAD.

Sleeper Hit
by Ben Thietje Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is one of those shows that makes the Fringe so awesome. A crazy-cool idea that just needed a place to take shape. I wish these guys had a few more dollars and a longer run. I bet this show could be a cult hit.

Hella Fun
by Lindsey McDonald Dorsey Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A visually ambitious, super-committed, giddily dark musical comedy sure to set you nerdy little heart a-thumping. The cast was obviously having a great time, as was the audience; I for one didn't stop smiling through the whole thing. Extra points for getting a live band!

They had fun
by Matthew Glover Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
The cast seemed to be having a lot of fun with this. Their effort and enthusiasm are memorable. bad!
by Chase McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I literally though this show was going to be kind of lame because of the description. My bad! It wasn't lame at all. In fact, it was pretty hilarious and very, very well done.

The show is pretty much a comic book musical, complete with action bubbles, villains, and some pretty fantastic voices. I love the operatic/classical tone the entire cast took. Voices were strong and lively. Articulation was on point. I did have some trouble hearing Nostradameus over the music at times. The characters were awesome! The writer of this bad boy is pretty great too. Comic book guy (or girl) I'm assuming. Honestly, I hope Chris Kind is sitting down writing the sequel for next years' seriously...I want to see what happens next!

I'm still laughing!
by Meg Kind Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Creative choreography, knockout singing, witty humor, great props on a shoestring budget, continuous action, incredible acting, awesome band, all of this strategically put together to create an amazingly entertaining show!!! I especially like the stage ninja!! There was so much packed into that hour of entertainment, that I feel I need to go back and see it again!! Wow!!

A Crazy Hour of Laughs
by Doug Allen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Show Goons is a walking-talking (actually singing-dancing) comic book! If you want to see a comic book come to life, Show Goons is your show. A beautiful villain, four bumbling accomplices, a cool plot-twist, all surrounded by original music, energetic dancing and off-beat humor, creates an evening of fun. The "stage ninja" is not to be missed as he sets the stage and provides the special affects that punctuate the performance. The only downside, the performance space and lack of sound system at times caused lyrics to get lost. But aside from that, plan on lots of laughs, a few groaners and a great time at Show Goons.

Show Goons
by Mary Lloyd Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Best night at the theatre in a long time! This inventive & hilarious show is full of great one liners, crazy special effects & a killer villainess! All of the characters are SUPER strong, full of life and talented as hell!
Don't walk but run - no put on your jet pack & rush to this great show before it's gone!!!!

Laugh until you get cramps!
by Carrie Kruger Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This was totally incredible! Very professional, entertaining, great choreography, costumes and of course the props which make you feel like you are in the comic book! Every person served a great purpose and had their own individual hilarious personality. Every thing from the band to the characters was perfectly funny. What an enjoyable way to spend an evening! We want to see more of this group!

by Erika King Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Definitely worth seeing! You'll laugh your eyes out. Enjoyed every character, especially flamer. These guys are having so much fun on stage.

All I can say is WOW!!!!
by Terrie Kruger Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What an amazing group of talented young people! I’m not sure where to begin………..The singing was incredible; I was shocked by the strength of their voices. The comic book effects made me feel like I fell inside the book and was really there with them. The story line made me laugh from the time the lights went down until they came back up. Each character had an original personality that lit the stage. Hope to see more of this group in the future.

Strong, silly, fun
by Megan M. Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This is a fun, goofy, infectious gem with brilliantly crafted satirical songs and dialogue packed with one-liners. Strong singers and lots of stage presence by the entire cast create a delightfully fun show. Highly recommended for people who enjoy silly musical theater, comic books and obscure star trek references.

Geek Fanboy Loved It!
by Mark Long Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I had no idea what to expect from this show, and I was blown away. It was funny, well-written, well-rehearsed, had great music and singing and had one of the hottest super-villainesses ever to grace the pages of a comic book.
It made me feel like an awkward teenage geek fanboy again.

Despite the warning, I think the sexual references are tame enough for 13 and up. I would have exploded with joy if I had seen the show at that age. Bring your superhero-loving young adult.

Nice job everyone!

by re gurgitate Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Mix 1930's robot serials, 1960's Batman, and comic book nerd sexuality, with just a pinch of Urinetown blend well and watch the joy spread across the stage. The actors clearly had a ball putting this on and it was infectious. Claire Lloyd as the uber hot Nostradameus had me sweaty from the moment she took the stage, and it took me a while to notice there were guys onstage. But I'm glad I did, because the songs were hilarious, the dancing outrageous, and Major Flamer fabulous! If you ever read a superhero comic book, or even thought of reading one, this is one of the must see shows of the fringe!

My checks still hurt
by Sarah Cura Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
What a freakin' funny show! I realized about half way through that I had been smiling for most of the show so far. I also laughed out loud many times. A good sign!
If you are a geek, this is definitely a good show for you. I know that I missed a few good references that I should have caught, but then I'm a little cooler than a true geek.... None the less, this is a very talented cast of characters who are singing and being very funny throughout the whole show. Who says being evil isn't fun?