By Eric Simon
RECOMMENDED! “…Plucky action-packed performance noir… engaging twists and turns… nerve-wracking and stylish.” Chicago Reader
Girl Friday Bo Thomas has been doing the bulk of the detecting for the Sam Lowell Detective Agency, squeaking by on nickel-dime petty theft jobs, waiting for that first big case. When reclusive heiress Lydia Day asks the agency to investigate a strange arson at an area orphanage, it seems like a shot at the big time, but things aren’t always what they seem….
“…A winner: a rollicking ride with smart wordplay, fantastic action and a snappy leading lady. A sequel is implied, and I hope it happens: Bo’s got a lot more adventures in her.” Chicago Theater Beat
Bo Thomas and the Case of The Sky Pirates is a veteran of BWBTC’s Fighting Words program (2010).
“Usually it is the man saving the girl Friday. I liked how in this version of a detective story it was the girl Friday saving the detective.” Ada Grey Reviews for You
Director: Leigh Barrett*
Violence Design: JKChoreography
Cast: Mark Lancaster (Sam Lowell), Jennifer L. Mickelson* (Lydia Day), Megan Schemmel* (Bo Thomas), Kelly Yacono* (Sally), Maureen Yasko* (Minerva Myklos)
Staff: Lauren Angel-Nichols (Scenic Design), Rachel Ellis (Assistant Stage Manager), Diane Fairchild (Lighting Design), Ticha Guillaud (Props Design), Kjerstine Humiston* (Assistant Director), Michael Kunc (Sound Design/Original Music), Kimberly Logan* (Production Manager), Lindsey Miller (Stage Manager), Kimberly Morris* (Costume Design), Megan Turnquist (Assistant to the Lighting Designer), Jon Woelfer (Technical Director)
CRITICS’ PICK! “Under Leigh Barrett’s direction, the five-member cast embraces its venerable archetypes with unwavering concentration and gusto….” Windy City Times
“The snap, crackle and pop of Eric Simon’s script and Michael Kunc’s original jazz score stand out, as does Schemmel as the irrepressible Bo, along with the strong, committed work of Yasko and Yacono.” Newcity
“A posh Mickelson is alluring as the recluse heiress. Yacono is delightful as this daft innocent. An accented Yasko is a perfect mix of Natasha Fatale and a dominatrix. Lancaster is a buffoon and his interrogation scene is hysterical. And Schemmel steers the story with limitless moxie and energy.” The Fourth Walsh
“Strong smart women in a rockin’ detective period piece. So GO already. Like an xtra adrenaline rush? Snag the front row for in your face knife fight action!” ChiIL Mama (on Facebook)