Vancouver’s Peter Carlone and Chris Wilson bring back a revamped version of their 2011 crowd-pleaser, Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel, and it’s a hour of goofy, spoofy fun featuring manic performances, clever characterizations and plenty of battering at the fourth wall.
As a pair of hardly there Hardy Boys investigating a spooky motel (Psst! The manager is the killer!), P&C poke fun at horror movie tropes with wink-wink wit. But beneath all the silliness is real skill; Carlone and Wilson are fantastic physical performers, and even though broad, their portrayals of a bickering old couple show real depth.
The duo coast a bit on their "aren’t we adorable scamps" charm — they know the sold-out crowd is on their side no matter what — and there are some dud bits (or "dead zones," as the murderous motel manager would say, meaningfully) that fall flat. But all is forgiven with a couple of colourful stabbings and a dead-on Portage Place joke.
— Jill Wilson