Fringe Review: Vegetables and organs come to life in “The Carrot: Sex, Shit, Death”

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(Photo Credit: Lidia Barreiros)

“The Carrot: Sex, Shit, Death” is tag lined “A puppet show for weird adults”, and it is exactly what it sounds like: it’s a puppet show, it’s definitely weird, there’s sex, there’s shit, and there is death. And above all there are Carrots, beings of legend with the grandeur of gods and goddesses.

The show begins with shadow puppet opening credits, as well as a backstory about these mythical being rooted into the earth until they finally emerge into the light of day. Then, a carrot emerges from a pile of dirt and ascends to the heavens. And then the real fun begins –– who am I kidding, that whole intro sets the fun bar way too high, and then the rest of the show rises to its level and catapults it into the heavens, where the bar then meets that carrot that ascended earlier. And then the bar and the carrot make out, probably. At this point nothing would surprise me.


(Photo Credit: Lidia Barreiros)

Anthropomorphic dancing carrot-people? Also humans who worship carrots??? And the carrots are sexual somehow????? I have so many questions but I’m also beyond pleased and thoroughly entertained. “The Carrot: Sex, Shit, Death” is all the wacky and wonderful you hope to find at Fringe, and puppetry is the perfect medium to bring this unexpected world and its unconventional characters to life.

This brand new original piece is created and performed by some of Montreal’s favorite oddball puppeteers. Jesse Grindler, Cleo Da Fonseca, Ewan Macintyre, Maggie Winston and Keenan Young share the stage with vegetables, a pile of dirt, and the puppets they expertly hand-crafted themselves. Their complete unwavering commitment to this cult of carrots will have you laughing from beginning to end. The carrot puppets are delightfully alive, a beautiful family of orange foam beings, each with their own unique shape and way of walking. 


(Photo Credit: Lidia Barreiros)

“The Carrot: Sex, Shit, Death” is bizarre and incomprehensible, but somehow makes so much sense too. Sex, shit, death… that’s what makes the world go round, that’s the order all things happen in, right? And surprise: buried in all the nonsense is AN ACTUAL PLOT! A class performs together one last time at graduation: a choral piece for four voices, seemingly about… their first intimate experiences with carrots…? After the show, these friends contemplate their futures: what they will be when they “become big”? Will they ever see each other again. Out of school and thrown into the real world (their real world, one where carrots are supreme entities to aspire to and hunger for), they part ways and we follow one of them in his post-graduation life, from a stressful job interview all the way to retirement… carrots featured prominently in every step of his journey… including his sexual awakening…? Like I said, many questions. The whole thing is pretty out there, hilariously so, and so well-executed too.

Go see this show if you’re into bad carrot/eyesight puns, and curious to find out more about such oddities as a Cosmic Mouth™ and an Experimental Oesophagus Choir™, and if you want to see CPR performed by the unlikeliest of characters (I promise it’s not a carrot. It’s even more unlikely than that.) “The Carrot: Sex, Shit, Death” is truly one-of-a-kind and just might be the most fun 40 minutes of your life.


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The Carrot Company presents “The Carrot: Sex, Shit, Death”
at the 29th St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival

Performances: June 7 – 15, 2019
Venue: 04 – Studio Multimédia du Conservatoire, 
4750 Henri-Julien, Montréal, H2T 2C8   
Admission: $8 – 10 | Ages 12+
Box Office:
514.849.FEST (3378)
boxoffice@montrealfringe.ca 
www.montrealfringe.ca

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Violette Kay

Theatre Reviewer at Montreal Theatre Hub
Violette Kay is a playwright, director and multidisciplinary performer, alumna of John Abbott College's theatre program, Imago Theatre's ARTISTA, and Playwrights' Workshop Montreal's Young Creators Unit. Recent credits include James and Ziggy (Tantalus, Montreal Fringe), The Order of the Poor Ladies (Revolution They Wrote), Amuse Me (Tantalus) and Adoration (Tantalus/Studio Porte Bleue). Violette is also a proud contributor to the administrative functioning of Geordie Theatre, École Musique Active and the Rose Festival. You might also find her busking at your local metro station, puppeteering various household objects, or otherwise channeling her bitterness into art.
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