The Squinge, advertised as a 'live comedy show', is only two-thirds live, not that funny and poorly executed as a Degrassi-themed event. Apparently inspired by the popular TV show, the overall result is disappointing, The Squinge a lacklustre late-night folly.
The show sports only a few segments. A selection of mime-based games featuring the cast of The Big Hoo-Haa! emerge a little weak, sporting an appallingly tenuous and desperate link at best to the show's core focus, Degrassi. The enthusiastic young troupe are entertaining and talented, certainly, though the segments in which they're featured really outstay their welcome. After a while you begin to wonder if it's all padding and if The Squinge even intend to progress onto something with more substance and, indeed, relevance.
Well, they do, in a sense. There's a screening of a Degrassi episode - a seemingly arbritary selection - with The Squinge team offering sufficiently amusing commentary throughout. On the one hand, it's the most Degrassi-centric stretch of the evening. On the other, it's a waste of time and money. For the price of admission, you could probably obtain your own entire season of the show on DVD, watch it with a bunch of friends and have as much fun with your own banter. When you stop and consider what's actually happening, you realise that for a third of their own show, The Squinge team are basically watching TV.
Heading into this show as a huge fan of the TV series is the worst mistake you can possibly make. Citing The Squinge team itself, there's barely any heart, soul or enthusiasm for Degrassi evident throuhgout this show. With reference to the April 14th performance, the special guest brought to the stage, by his own admission, last watched Degrassi in the 80s. Well scouted, guys.
The Squinge serves up an enormously frustrating experience. The team overlook the fact that Degrassi itself could easily inform an hour's content - that is, outside of its mere screenings. But then again, no one in The Squinge appears to profess that much of a love or interest in the series anyway, despite advertisements and the like. One to avoid.