Co-created and performed by Ravi Jain, Adam Paolozza. Co-created and directed by Dean Gilmour, Michele Smith. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, to Feb. 22.
Boasting a diverse portfolio of crazy caricatures and physical clowning, Spent is a fuzzy but amiable satire of the 2008 financial crisis. First presented in 2010, the 70-minute show features Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza as a pair of down-and-out Bay Street traders whose would-be suicidal leap from a skyscraper has unexpected consequences. Although it takes some shots at corporate inequity and greed—with Paolozza doing a wicked parody of the notoriously cold-blooded ex-Lehman Brothers CEO Richard S. Fuld, Jr., in which he resembles a tongue-flicking lizard—the piece really functions best as a showcase for the dexterity of its two stars. Their breathless juggling of accents and mannerisms reaches warp speed in a parody of a BBC-TV panel show, while their silent-comedy routines swing between Three Stooges slapstick and Buster Keaton grace. As directed by physical-theatre vets Dean Gilmour and Michele Smith, the actors’ antics are often hilarious—even if they don’t always have a point.