by Christa Tandana
The McClouds are an infamous family of top notch secret agents in the Perfect Academy…except for Race McCloud. Race lives a very average life in his very average office/apartment as a detective. After a slump in cases, he was recently hired by an anonymous client to capture the Green Suit Jacket Man. When he is left to babysit his above average teenage niece, Cookie McCloud, his life begins to get a little more…interesting. When the McCloud family goes missing, Race and Cookie set forth on an adventure that starts out with Green Suit Jacket Man and winds up digging up a few family secrets.
The second act caught my attention more than the first. Up until this point, the narrator had been used to provide both smooth transitions into the scenes and comic relief. However, here he added much more depth to the meaning of the show by breaking the wall between him and Race McCloud. He left the audience thinking about how we are all the narrator of our own life, and it is up to us to make it as interesting as we want.
The style of the play was like a comedic comic book…on stage. You usually see more of this in film or cartoons, but it was really interesting to see it performed by live actors. Many of the actors portrayed multiple characters very well. I was not too impressed with Fiona Kearns’s acting skills as Cookie McCloud, but she did okay for such a young actress.
This unconventional adventure story is filled with crazy characters, a fun plot, and often cheesy, but funny jokes. If you’re in the mood for something different, comical and enjoyable, The Unlikely Adventure of Race McCloud, Private Eye is sure to please.