THE STORY OF CAPTAIN ENTRÉE
Garden of Unrearthly Delights.
9:30pm til March 13 (no Mondays)
Last Fringe, Smart Casual’s Same Mother, Different Father was a real favourite of mine. It was a little rough around the edges but it was a good solid show, great songs, funny if not fantastic storyline. So I had high hopes for this year’s Smart Casual show The Story of Captain Entrée. It starts off promisingly enough, on the premise that Fletcher Jones and Roger David had spent 2010 touring to huge comedy arenas and need a change of pace. After a chance meeting with the mysterious Captain Entrée (voiced by Dave Callan) they decide to join his crew and sail the world in search of adventure. Sadly the ‘dick cheese’ gag early on was an indication that this nautical tale was about to go severely off course and into stormy waters. There were some great gags, great prop work (the endless props with the next chapter title on them were brilliant), but the songs largely fall flat and the story is tracing-paper thin. I would hope that as the run continues they will tweak and adjust the show. Some great swells of laughter, but too many flat seas with no gales (of laughter) to propel this comedy ship.