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Co-authors, performers and real-life spouses Melissa Dorsey and Trevor Matheson runs themselves and their audience ragged in this film noir spoof.
The premise sees lowly "Dollar Shed" employee Les (Matheson) spending all his meagre earnings supporting his secret obsession: vintage film noir memorabilia. When he acquires a genuine fedora from the 1944 classic Laura, he discovers that wearing it transforms him into a cool private eye. So he begins investigating the rash of pet disappearances in his apartment building…
At this point, the duo frantically roll props/set pieces around the stage, as Dorsey portrays all the other characters (male and female) encountered by Les. Sometimes she must switch character mid-sentence, holding her costume changes in her hands to manage it fast enough. Eventually, the audience can’t follow the plot in all the confusion and everyone understandably runs out of gas.
This talented pair is fun to watch, and Dorsey has a good repertoire of voices and dialects. It would be great to see them rework this, or at least enlist another actor to help. (And lose that loony weapon thingy used by the villain). For now, Dial P for Potential.
— Janice Sawka