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Cannibal! The Musical

Defunkt Theater (map) Southeast
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23 2008


Before South Park, there was Cannibal! The Musical. Trey Parker made the movie while he and co-creator Matt Stone were students at the University of Colorado at Boulder. It's the (mostly sort of true) story of Alferd Packer, convicted of cannibalism after he was the only man to return from an ill-fated expedition into the Colorado Territory. Like the more polished work that would later come from the Parker/Stone team-up, Cannibal is irreverent, profane, and satirically self-indulgent—and damn funny. Unfortunately, in their current stage production, Third Eye Theatre puts in a good effort but ultimately misses the mark. There are some strong performances and some great moments, but director and star Ira Kortum really just doesn't seem to get it: As over the top and ridiculous as Parker's writing can be, what makes it work is that it's not played for audience laughs. Sure, it's funny as hell, but in the world of the show, it's serious. In Third Eye's production, the parts that worked were those in which the players existed solely in the world of the show. These moments were far overshadowed by hammy attempts to gun for laughs—which undermined the funny so dramatically that it was actually painful at times. TL

Defunkt Theater

4319 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97215

Event Times
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  • Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Aug. 23 2008
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