Love wrestling? Great! The Good Boy and The Kid is for you.
Hate wrestling? No problem! The Good Boy and The Kid is for you, too!
Lovers and haters of the padded ring unite, because what matters about Sheep Theater’s latest is not so much the smack downs the the spandex (though, don’t worry, they’ve got that) but the comedy and the heart behind the story.
Tilly (The Kid) loves wrestling. Like, really really loves wrestling. She was destined to love it, seeing as she was born ringside at the infamous match where beloved Good Boy Mick Owens was defeated by Johnny Outlaw Johnson. Growing up, Tilly honed her craft facing off against dogs and trash cans, and she believes she can beat anyone, even that stupid Johnny Outlaw Johnson. The stars align on Tilly birthday when, just as she learns the bank may foreclose on her and her mom’s house, a tournament is announced: a million dollars and a gold briefcase for anyone (anyone!) who can beat Outlaw.
Lucky for Tilly, she finds her hero, Mick Owens to give her wrestling lessons. Or maybe it’s not lucky; Mick is old, washed up, and living in a beyond-dilapidated gym with bats in the basement. Whatever the case, Tilly needs to practice, and Mick agrees to help for revenge on his old rival.
Don’t be fooled into thinking this is your regular washed-up althete finds redemption story though. This is Sheep Theater, and conventional is just not their style.
And thank goodness for that.
The thing you can always count on with Sheep is to laugh yourself silly. In addition to the jokes, laughs, and wit that comes standard with every Sheep production, this show serves up action. Over-the-top ridiculous WWE style action. Get ready for fake punches, clotheslines, and moves that wrestling fans might recognize and non-fans will love just as much. However many hours the cast put into their fight choreography was well worth it.
The heart of this play isn’t the adrenaline rush though, it’s Tilly. Her spunk, her confidence, her view of the world—it has all the heart of a comeback redemption, and the comedy makes it go down easy, not too cheesy. Tilly reminds the audience that truth is subjective, “adulthood” is a state of mind, not an age, and you should never outgrow your childlike wonder.
If you’re ready to laugh and maybe even ready to rumble, go see The Good Boy and The Kid.
Book Your Tickets:
The Good Boy and the Kid by Sheep Theater
June 29 – July 8
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door (special pay-as-able performance July 5)
Run Time: about 90 minutes
Red Eye Theater
15 W 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403