Clown sisters, Morro and Jasp return to the stage, this time to open their own business in Morro and Jasp 9-5. The two have almost everything figured out from the desk, to the hierarchy and even the water cooler banter. Morro and Jasp have big ambitions and even bigger problems at JMI Industries, which stands for Jasp and Morro Industries.
This is the 10th play written by duo Heather Marie Annis (Morro) and Amy Lee (Jasp) and directed by Byron Laviolette. They have partnered up with U.N.I.T (Up Your Nose and In Your Toes) productions, a non-profit theatre company “dedicated to breaking social norms and identifying flaws that we, as a society, work hard to cover up.” The latest outing of Morro and Jasp does just that in 9-5, satirizing corporate culture with the bossy Jasp making herself CEO of the company, awarding herself a big desk and a picture with Channing Tatum while appointing her sister Morro as the labourer or “lower management.” The play reflects the power struggle and suppression that can occur in the workplace between management and employees. Morro is the creative one who puts forward lots of good ideas, yet Jasp tends to put those ideas down, telling her not to be creative anymore. Does that drum up any past workplace scenarios in your head? In the end it’s Morro’s creativity that saves the day and her kidney. If you haven’t been to a Morro and Jasp play before you’ll be surprised by how engaging they are with the audience and how well the audience responds. Sometimes I couldn’t tell if it was an actor that was planted there or if they were just playing along. It seems to be a mix of both. The play has clever dialogue with lots of pop culture references, while the actors pull of perfect comedic timing complete with outlandish chemistry. On a final note, the costumes the pair wore were stand out, I give kudos to whoever designed them.