Minnesota Centennial Show Boat
Minnesota Centennial Show Boat
Comedy

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

By August Moon Productions
Written by Travis Carpenter
From N Mankato, MN
Bryant-Lake Bowl


A former Olympic figure skater, a politician, and an inveterate gambler join forces to beat the devil and vie for the title of "Big Winner".

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.


 Saturday, 8/2 @ 1:00 p.m.
 
 Sunday, 8/3 @ 10:00 p.m.
 
 Monday, 8/4 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
 Thursday, 8/7 @ 8:30 p.m.
 
 Saturday, 8/9 @ 10:00 p.m.
 
Read the reviews

Some good laughs, good effort

by Mary Tinkham on August 8, 2014
This user has reviewed 4 shows

First, I don't recall any content that I would not allow a typical 13 year old to encounter. I think the show was a lot tamer than the rating implies.
Second, the cast was quite believable in their characters. The actors did a great job for their first Fringe show.
Third, there were plenty of laughs, but not enough clever writing to earn this show a "Must see" rating. I enjoyed the show, especially the digs at engineers, but it falls in the bottom quartile of my personal rankings for the 10 shows I've seen.


Three Fifths of a Chicken Dinner

by David Woolley on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A semi-successful comedy. I enjoyed all of the characters, and there were some good laughs, but there were several flubbed lines and a lot of jokes that fell flat. I'd say they were batting about 60% - two lame jokes for every three good ones. Fun, but not a must-see.

1 person found this review helpful


A solid show; great cast

by tasha constance on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

I'm not into horse racing, but I loved this show. The actors were having fun. And a terrific job by the engineer in the socially awkward role. Dragged a bit with the race near the end, but the payoff was worth it. I'd recommend this one.

1 person found this review helpful


Non-Stop Laughter!!!!

by Margie Slingsby on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Add another WINNER to the title!!! Even my husband, that admittedly isn't a huge theater buff, loved it. He said it was "just the right length". Kudos to the entire cast, but especially to Travis Carpenter. He extremely talented in all aspects of theater, from writing to directing to acting. JOB WELL DONE!!!

1 person found this review helpful


Definitely a Good Bet

by Amanda Bailey on August 7, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

With crisp lines dynamically delivered, this play will race to your top 5 list. For a fun-filled and personally enlightening frolic at the track don't miss Winner Winner Chicken Dinner.

1 person found this review helpful


Good writing = Good humor

by chas jensen on August 5, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Based on the program description I thought this might be a fun show to see in my limited fringe viewing schedule. I was right! With clever writing, sparse staging and spot-on casting, I was transported to the race track and the depths of hell (is that the same thing?). I missed some of the best lines though because of bad acoustics, so sit close and try to keep up.

1 person found this review helpful


So much fun! So much talent!

by Wendy HANENBURG on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 3 shows

After deciding to see this show last minute, what a pleasant surprise it was! Funny, funny, funny. Fabulous acting, great energy, GREAT story, great ending. A definite must-see! I don't even gamble or care for horse races, but that didn't matter at all.You couldn't help but love all the characters. Well done!

1 person found this review helpful


Winner winner chicken dinner

by Sonja Schroeder on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

If you accept the premises that great theater transports it's audience to an imaginary, but real place, this play delivers. From the opening "Boots and Saddles" trumpet call, you become part of on track horse betting. Whether the cast is gambling with money, their souls, or even an Olympic bronze medal, the performances are authentic and engaging. The script is crisp, tight and chock-full of witty banter. The story line never overreaches, nor underachieves- a winning ticket for all, and worth betting your time on.

1 person found this review helpful


Clever and Funny

by Michelle Blaeser on August 4, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

I liked this show a lot, and recommend seeing it. It isn't the best show I've seen so far, but it is funny, well acted, and fairly fast paced. The race scenes were a bit boring for me and slowed the show down.

1 person found this review helpful


Tight writting, Funny show

by Katrina Hicks on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This play was structured very well. This structure allowed for its excellent and detailed characters with extraordinary stories to fit together seamlessly in a clever tale about a day at the races. It was imaginative and fun. The actors had amazing energy. The script was very tight. I highly recommend this show!

1 person found this review helpful


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

by Rebecca Novak on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

Amazingly informative, as well as hilarious! At least a chuckle every ten seconds.

1 person found this review helpful


Smart & funny, high energy cast!

by elaine hardwick on August 3, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This play is a must-see! Original, smart, and funny plot - with a cast that is high energy! Not a moment passes where the audience is not relating to each character, waiting to see what happens next. The sound cues add to this minimalist stage set-up...while the play features well-written dialogue performed by an well-selected cast. Check out this play for great laughs and a superb performance!

1 person found this review helpful


My bet's on this show

by Greg Abbott on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 5 shows

Smartly written play with a cast of wonderful actors. Though flawed, you end up caring about all the characters...even the devil himself. It's on my must-see list.

1 person found this review helpful


Instant favorite !

by D Sobic on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

A must see for your fringe experience , the show is full of smart & witty humor that will keep you interested and laughing ! The clever writing shines along with the wonderfully talented cast. You won't be disappointed !!

1 person found this review helpful


Triple Crown Winner

by Martha Morrow on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

Witty, fast-paced, character-driven play! Energetic performances throughout. I've seen many Fringe performances---this was at the top. This is a 'sure-hit with a fringe on top!'

1 person found this review helpful


Win! Win!

by Carol Rath on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I am so impressed by the creativity & talent of this playwright! The direction & timing are spot on! Don't miss your opportunity to experience this winner!

1 person found this review helpful


The gamble paid off!

by Christy Botts on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 1 show

This show was witty, well-acted, and quite entertaining! I was invested in the characters and loved the cast! Well done!!!

1 person found this review helpful


Strong script, Well acted!

by Kyle DeGoey on August 2, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

The writing is so clever you'll find yourself caught off guard with great puns and witty one liners. The words are delivered by an extremely strong cast with impeccable timing! Definitely a show to see!!!

2 people found this review helpful


Winner

by Esther Hoffmann on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

I absolutely enjoyed this show! The writing is clever yet hard hitting. The characters are flawed yet endearing. The cast is engaging and you can set your watch to the comedic timing. I want to see this show again.

2 people found this review helpful


Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

by Maggie Maes on August 1, 2014
This user has reviewed 2 shows

What can I say about this one? It is clever, funny, fast paced, well written and well acted, it was also cast very well. If you can't go to all of the shows put this one on your list, you will not regret it! This director obviously knows a thing or two about timing and it shows. Kudos to cast, director and writer.

2 people found this review helpful


Cast and crew

Travis Carpenter

The Devil (Writer/Director)

Launa Helder

Allison Cartwright

Kevn Michaels

Everett P. Macgillicuddy

Corban Noah

Stephen

This is Corban's third year at the Fringe, having also appeared as the Doctor in "The Vanquished" and as Chad in "Shorts in a Bundle". He has participated in many productions in the Mankato area, and more recently has been involved in several Twin Cities films. Corban Noah is also a musician and composer whose musical projects include Captain Gravitone & the String Theory Orchestra, Look to Ashlar, and Sleeping Echoes. He also composed and recorded the soundtrack for a Mankato production of "James and the Giant Peach".

Corban would like to thank Travis, Aleksandra, Kevn, and Launa for making this production a great experience.

Aleksandra Sobic

Janice Evans

More information
The race is on at the Kenova County Aqueduct Racino as a former Olympic figure skater, a politician, and an inveterate gambler join forces to save Stephen's soul from The Devil and vie for the title of "Big Winner".

Spend a day at the racetrack with "Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner". A show that promises all of the excitement of horse racing with none of the smell.

Reviews from a preview show in Mankato on 7/26

"very funny, smart, and well done"

"quite funny"

"I loved the pacing"

"Great energy"

"very clever and hilarious show"

"...definitely a winner. It's a funny, intelligently written play..."

"awesome"



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