Orlando Fringe Review: Sperm Wars

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Sperm Wars at the 2014 Orlando Fringe.
  • Sperm Wars at the 2014 Orlando Fringe.

Sperm Wars at the 2014 Orlando Fringe.

File this one under "only at the Fringe": Sperm Wars stars Jeff Leard -- clad in a white body stocking, goth gauntlets, and not much else -- acting out all the roles in an epic space opera occurring a long time ago in a reproductive system far, far away. The gallant Captain Gamete, veteran of three erectile dysfunctions, commands his seminal squadron in a suicidal assault against the gigantic orb of terror known as an "ovulated egg."

The resulting romp reads like a randy spoof of Epcot Center's extinct "Cranium Command" show, with an anthropomorphized prostate instead of George Wendt. Sci-fi fan service and penis puns might seem like a thin premise on which to erect a plot, but Leard does an admirable job of keeping the jokes coming through the short 45-minute running time, right up until his unsatisfyingly abrupt gag of an ending.

The script is smarter (and more biologically accurate) than the schlocky setup would suggest. I'm not sure what mime school taught him how to perform a graphic sex scene with himself, but Leard's Ben Burtt-worthy a cappella sound effects, and the way he literally tumbles between different characters, demonstrate a careful attention to craft behind the cum jokes.

 

SPERM WARS

Random Samples Collective - Toronto, Canada

Length: 60 Venue:

Blue Price: $11 (+svc. Charge)

Disc.: None

Rating: 18+ - Adult Themes, Language, Violence

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