Clown sisters Morro (Heather Marie Annis) and Jasp (Amy Lee) promised each other one thing: now that they own their own business, neither one of them can ever get fired again. But starting JMI Industries (Jasp and Morro Industries Industries) isn't as easy as they thought it would be. While under pressure to create a “high quality product” to wow their investors, Morro and Jasp have a difficult time keeping that promise – and keeping their sanity.
Created by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee, and directed by Byron Laviolette, Morro and Jasp 9-5 is, quite frankly, adorable.
The clown siblings drag us into their world and keep us engaged and chuckling throughout as the pair bizarrely weaves into and out of trouble. Whether they are stealing macaroni and cheese or making “Cheesie juice” on a treadmill, they are constantly winning over the hearts of giggling audience members.
Morro and Jasp's comedic timing is spot on and the lighting design by David DeGrow and sound design by Lyon Smith properly highlight the hilarity in the show.
U.N.I.T. Productions is successful at involving the audience in a unique and always entertaining fashion. Each and every audience member is involved in JMI Industries in some way, with a certain special audience member getting hired as “HR,” and one even luckier spectator receiving phone calls from the clowns regarding financial advice.
We've all been there, struggling to find our dream job, or struggling to make it on our own and that's where the laughs come into play. The humour in Morro and Jasp shows is very sweet and that's what we love about them, however, in terms of connection, I think this show can benefit from being a bit more driven by adult humour, considering their audience and the storyline.
That being said, the childish layer added to every grown-up problem is what makes the clown sisters so undeniably loveable. Whether you are “upper management,” “lower management,” or not management at all, this show has a laugh for you.
Morro and Jasp 9-5 is playing at Factory Theatre until May 31. For more information visit www.factorytheatre.ca.
photo credit: Alex Nirta