Let’s cut to the chase. Can Ducks Fly’s Alpha Delta 86 has to be one of my favourite instances of professional clowning to date. Kiva Murphy and Filipa Mendez fed us an absolutely absurd performance and, from what I can tell, the audience loved every moment of it.
Together, Murphy and Mendez crew an Alpha Delta bunker, whose purpose in this dystopian regime is amorous detection. Together, they must scrutinize the audience with a variety of “spy gadgets” and monitor international phone calls in order to determine who is sufficiently full of love to require either quarantine or, should they be a lost cause, extermination….
…that is, if they can stop eating all the biscuits….
While parts of their show is scripted, Murphy and Mendez’s strength lies in their exaggerated emotional – nigh on childish – response to what is going on around them, and working it into the show.
If they catch you nodding in time to one of their musical numbers, you can be darn sure the rest of the audience is going to hear about it. If you stop, they’ll hear about that as well.
They’ll taunt latecomers, haul audience members onstage for inspection and quarantine, and respond to the audience’s own responses. It’s a lovely organic comedy that stems not so much from rehearsing each joke to concrete precision, but from evolving with each night and each audience.
In my opinion, this show is worth the price of admission and more. If you like comedy, you’ll love it; if you don’t, I’m sure you’ll still be charmed by the quirky relationship of these two spies and their box biscuits.
These are my thoughts, but feel free to leave your own in the section below. Or, even better, if you haven’t seen it, SEE IT and support these marvellous actresses.
PSA: Studio Leonard-Beaulne is in the Seraphin Marion Building on the University of Ottawa Campus. this building is surrounded by construction and can only be approached from Stewart St. Plan accordingly!
Friday, June 17 – 9:30PM
Saturday, June 18 – 11PM
Monday, June 20 – 5:30PM
Wednesday, June 22 – 9:30PM
Saturday, June 25 – 7:30PM
Sunday, June 26 – 5PM