|This dark musical comedy that tells the tale of Yvette and Hubert, a happy young couple who have their future all mapped out. But when Hubert is tragically rendered infertile in a bizarre bicycle accident, their hopes of a family are crushed. They turn to an eccentric Scottish scientist and the possibility of cloning to help make their dreams a reality. This show was the hit of Ground Zero’s “Aftershocks!” Festival in Calgary, and remounted for the Edmonton Fringe and Bird and Stone theatre in Calgary. It runs 70 minutes with a cast of seven singer/actors. Contact Tilly about this show.
(…) The indisputable high point is Grant Tilly’s musical comedy Why You Should Think Twice About Cloning Yourself. Beginning with a gleefully cynical, Young Canadian-style tribute to the “sanitized, homogenized, Calgary Alberta dream,” it tells the tale of Hubert and Yvette, a pair of newly-weds for whom life isn’t complete without a baby. When Hubert is tragically rendered infertile by a cycling accident, adoption and sperm donors are out of the question and the couple turns to cloning as the only logical option. Clone Hubert, suggests the bizarre Doctor McCollun, and when the rapidly aging clone is old enough to mate, Hubert’s legacy will be there for the taking.The play features relatively sophisticated musical arrangements for a festival venue like this, and a large skilled cast of singers and musicians. Notable in particular are Reyna Giroux as Yvette and Thomas Wilmut as Hubert- their command of music, comedy, and character development is outstanding. the play is well staged by the playwright himself, with smooth transitions between three locations, and the team has created a gem that shouldn’t be missed- but you only have until June 2nd.
LORI MONTGOMERY – CALGARY’S FAST FORWARD WEEKLY (MAY 31, 2001)
Edmonton Sun: 4 out of 5 stars
Normally we’d caution Fringe-goers against the dreaded “bait and switch”. You know: play titles that suggest sex where there is none, comedies that turn out to be melodramas, respected names who end up boring the crap our of their audiences in the name of “art”.
In the case of Why You Should Think Twice About Cloning Yourself, the bait and switch game gives the cautionary take a real zing. This energetic and politically incorrect musical is not what it seems- and that’s part of the fun.
The show starts off as a golly-gee-let’s-put-on-a-show-in-the-barn country and western musical cabaret complete with a line dance opening number as a satirical poke at Alberta’s oil economy. It ends in a black comedy exploring the issue of human cloning with the most horrific scenario possible. Whew! These kids pack a lot of material into this thing and it never seems hurried or confused. The juxtapositions between the former and the latter themes are in fact hilarious.
Hubert and Yvette (playwright Grant Tilly and Jenny Anderson) are typical Alberta newlyweds ready to start a family when disaster strikes: Hubert loses his testicals. Adoption is out of the question, as are sperm donors. The only logical answer: Clone Hubert and then use the clone’s sperm. No problem for this Catholic couple since the church says there is no “soul” until the sperm and egg meet. Ergo, clones have no soul.
It’s not hard to see where this is going. That the various ethical and moral dilemmas involved with human cloning are explored with a sledgehammer is no problem here. Swell numbers include Happiness is just a family away, There’s a Fresh Young Man in the Attic, and You take his Testes, I’ll take his Liver, and we’ll see What he can Deliver.
A song is worth a thousand words.
The performances are all terrific, especially Jenny Anderson as the seemingly innocent wife, Tilly playing two roles, Guilly Urra as the unscrupulous family doctor and Lyndsey Patterson as the evil cloning scientist.
The science may be dodgy and many of the plot twists completely illogical, but through the absurdity and campy country music theme, a worthy message shines through. The title of the play says it all.
MIKE ROSS – EDMONTON SUN (FEB 12, 2005)