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Amy Lee as Jasp (left) prefers organization at her desk while Heather Marie Annis as Morro (right) just doesn’t see the point in matters. ‘Morro and Jasp 9 to 5’ makes gains in the theatrical market space by delivering a surplus of giggles.


Let it be said that the daily 7.5 hour work day can totally suck in this modern world of globalization, increased productivity, and booming profitability. Which begs the question, what kind of sick person would chain themselves to a desk just to have a bit of loose pocket change after all the bills are paid?

You won’t find any of these pains in Morro and Jasp’s warmly entertaining 9 to 5, an irrational, sensational and irresistible stage offering that signals notable growth potential for the wacky clown sisters. But tension is on the rise when a handful of top investors pay them a visit to hear a product pitch.

And there lies the core of the problem. What is the appropriate product that best represents the company vision? Things get even more complicated at JMI Industries Inc, where the future starts tomorrow, when payment is due on an outstanding start-up debt.

If a license was needed to cause mischief in the workplace, Heath Marie Annis’ Morro would hold two of them. The red nosed all-star underling tries her best to perform the labourous grunt work in the tiny office but always gets less credit than she deserves.

Much of this is the result of Amy Lee’s CEO extrordinaire Jasp not reigning as the true ‘people person’ she believes to be when her impatient management style gets in the way. Is a big heart not lurking somewhere within?

Personalities clash when work needs to get done and like all good teams, people can drive each another downright bonkers if they’re not careful.

It’s anyone’s guess why Morro and Jasp still haven’t found their rightful place on a Canadian postage stamp due to their clever brand awareness. Performers Lee and Annis source the silly in everything & anything which is what truly gives 9 to 5 bankable franchise appeal.  

A bold business case for springtime playfulness.

Review by Steven Berketo


MORRO & JASP 9-5 by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee May 12 – May 31, 2015 FACTORY STUDIO THEATRE, 125 Bathurst Street, Toronto TICKETS $23.00 – $45.00 416-504-9971 CAST Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee DIRECTOR Byron Laviolette SET Joanna Yu COSTUMES Heather Marie Annis and Joanna Yu LIGHTING David DeGrow SOUND Lyon Smith MEDIA DESIGN Trevor Haldenby STAGE MANAGER Sarah Miller

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