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The Cody Rivers Show promises fun for families

Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor.   - Courtesy photo
Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor.
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The Cody Rivers Show, an acclaimed two-person performance group, will bring physical comedy and more to the Blue Heron stage this Sunday.

The show, “Right Back Where We Finished,” is the latest offering in Vashon Allied Arts’ new series of performances for family audiences.

Mike Mathieu and Andrew Connor, who make up the duo, said the show combines a dozen rapid-fire vignettes, blending physical theater, dance, music and comedy.

“It’s like running a marathon, doing algebra and eating a candy bar all at the same time,” said Connor.

Audiences will experience precocious youths freshly back from the science museum, word play in the Wild West, an epic battle between ants and prairie dogs, a ping-pong game gone horribly wrong and much more.

Connor has performed as an actor, dancer, choreographer and director in numerous productions and is part of the Babbling Bishops improvisational comedy troupe. He also plays key roles at Bellingham’s Idiom Theatre and SketchFest Seattle.

Mathieu, who is artistic director of Idiom Theatre, has worked as a performer, director, writer and producer.

Critics love the duo.

“There’s no question about it: this is the optimal mix of goofy and astute, of whimsical and observant, of playful and wise,” read one review in The Edmonton Journal.

Molly Reed, Vashon Allied Arts’ executive director, said she is excited to welcome the troupe back to Vashon and the Blue Heron, where they have performed before.

“They are incredibly talented and accomplished,” she said.

Reed also said she hopes more Islanders will take advantage of Vashon Allied Arts programming for family audiences.

So far, the series has brought such renowned groups as Tears of Joy Puppet Theatre, from Vancouver, Wash., and Portland’s Nomadic Theatre Company.

“Of course I want people to go off Island and go to Seattle Children’s Theatre; why wouldn’t I?” Reed asked. “But I also want people to be able to bring their children to that caliber of performances right here on the Island.”

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