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Fringe Review: Creepy Boys

By Livia Belcea on June 19, 2021

Creepy Boys
Created by S.E. Grummett & Sam Kruger
Produced by Scantily Glad Theatre (Melbourne, Australia)

65m | Mature | Comedy | Clown

Cayle and Avery, the Creepy Boys, are twin orphans hosting their very first birthday celebration and you’re invited! But be warned, there is no cake or party favours. Instead, we are taken through a comedic and peculiar autobiographical recounting of how the Creepy Boys coined their name, and we are exposed to the various traumas they endured growing up, which are represented in the play as satanic possessions that shape the course of the boys’ life and their relationship to one another.

Creepy Boys is rooted in clown comedy, and it delivers all the elements you would expect from the genre with an added sprinkle of obscenity and darkness. Aware of the live and in-person strengths and advantages of clown comedy, the performers were successful at playing off the absence of a live audience caused by the ongoing pandemic, which was a crucial element to establish for a clown performance being viewed online.

Creepy Boys is rooted in clown comedy, and it delivers all the elements you would expect from the genre with an added sprinkle of obscenity and darkness.

This play is uncontestably funny and original, and works because both performers are talented, creative, and incredibly committed to their roles, but there was an obscureness about the play that confused me rather than engaged me. I didn’t feel like I had an opportunity to breathe or allow for the story to sink in before the Creepy Boys transported me into another part of their bizarre little world.

Near the end, I found myself pausing the video to rewind the performance just to make sure I wasn’t missing something, when in fact the play just lacked cohesion and substance. It was difficult to find a meaningful narrative for the Creepy Boys, as the entire story seemed to revolve around the hole created by the rejection they felt from their parents. There were times where the play was meant to be heartfelt, but it came up short as neither twin is particularly lovable or distinct as a character.

Overall, Creepy Boys is a fun and animated performance, but don’t expect to be challenged, moved or feel inspired.


Creepy Boys is screening at the Ottawa Fringe Festival until June 27, 2021. Tickets are pick-your-price from $12.50 to $47.50 (100% of which goes to the artists) plus a $2.50 surcharge. Visit ottawafringe.com for streaming information and the complete festival lineup. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe. Shows are on-demand, however the festival’s ticketing platform can take up to 12 hours to email the streaming link. So although there’s no risk of online shows selling out, your best bet is to buy tickets early!