Emily and Erik are shlumpy co-workers in the lost-and-found department of a transit company. In a basement office, they make their dead-end jobs bearable by spontaneously dressing up in "found" clothing and acting out funny little vignettes, like a couple of kids playing.
Seattle’s Keira McDonald and Evan Mosher are terrific with accents — Southern U.S., Caribbean, British, Asian, Irish — and shine when they assume characters in these short flights of fancy. There’s a lovely bit in which umbrellas become flowers and a moth.
But playwright Scot Augustson falls short of weaving the charming fantasies and the story of anti-social Emily and hangdog Erik — who may lose their jobs because of a "cat incident" — into a compelling whole.
The 50-minute piece is cute, but slight and pretty much forgettable, like a flimsy umbrella you leave behind on the bus.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Meet Erik and Emily. They work at City Bus Lost and Found where umbrellas multiply like bunnies, hats fall in love with staplers and shoes run for mayor.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Onstage at the Playhouse (Venue 4), to July 23
Under 13 not admitted.