The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy finds a Canadian X-Files’esque investigating the unexplainable, paranormal, and bizarre while keeping Canadian citizens safe from these outside threats. When their office is threatened to be shut down by the Prime Minister himself it seems that their very last case, which is as simple as finding the Prime Minister’s Daughter’s cat, Potato, may just in fact be their most important.
Should you see it?
The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy is everything that a Fringe show should be about. It should be about highlighting talent, whether it is experienced talent or up-and-coming talent. It should be about making an original script, with enough cultural indoctrination that it appeals to a mass audience, and making the work stand for itself. It should be something that is off-centre, something that a mainstream theatre festival may be off-put by, yet in the right venue find oddly charming. And the BBSC is all that and more.
The cast is just excellent. While fronted by Laura Hall and Chris Cottrell as the agents for BBSC the two that truly steal the spotlight are Meghan Murphy, playing the Prime Minister’s daughter, and Ron Langton, playing Bob Shirley, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff who is planning on taking over the PMO, or maybe even the world.
The story is great. There are some hiccups. A major threat to the characters at the end of the story in the form of ‘dredges’ feels a little rushed and the explanation gets lost in a scene of bat shit craziness; however, for every moment the play feels to lag it makes up for it in enthusiasm and laughs.
One great theatrical technique the group employ is through scene changes, rather than cut to black and wait in dark silence for a few moments, while that is happening the play continues, but off-stage with pre-recorded scenes of dialogue explaining what is happening between scenes. It is the perfect set up and takes your mind off of the fact that you’ve been sitting in a dark theatre for 20 – 30 seconds.
Over all The Bureau of Bat Shit Crazy doesn’t disappoint. If you want to see it, make sure you get there early as their first two shows sold out!
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Were you laughing your butt off or did it all just fall short for you? Let me know in the comments below.
For more information on show times check out: http://www.productionottawa.com/thebureauofbatshitcrazy/