The lengthy title of this spy spoof might lead you to expect a bro-filled battle with a bare bones plot; however that is absolutely not the case with John Blade. The fights, of which there are many, are well executed, but it’s the story and the acting that truly make this worth seeing.
Suave John Blade (Craig Lawrence) seduces Doctor Tantamount’s sultry wife Mimi(Mallory Shear), and goes undercover to prevent world domination by the charismatic and off-kilter Tantamount(Carl Brandt Long). John Blade’s hysterical sexual innuendos set one’s expectations almost immediately: this will be a gut-splitting, entertaining ride. Events then take an interesting turn when unsuspecting security guard Jeff (Christian Sullivan) has to make the ultimate decision: does he help end tyranny or let Doctor Tantamount rule the world?
Every actor has impeccable comic timing. Lex Davis is a joy as the frank Troy, Robb Hunter is the right mix of menacing and funny as Baltus, Doctor Tantamount’s right hand man; and Jenny Male’s overly-ambitious Jenny balances everything off beautifully.
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The dynamics amongst these characters are fun to watch, and you can tell the actors are enjoying every second of it as the audience laughs uproariously at their antics. The fights constantly change styles and weaponry, keeping the audience engaged and entertained with hand-to-hand combat, swords, guns, and knives galore.
There were a few stilted moments in a couple of fights that could have been ironed out with some more rehearsal, but overall everything flowed really nicely. At one point, the entire cast is on stage with four different fights occurring simultaneously, weapons and bodies blending in and out of each fight while actor’s constantly change styles. Miraculously, no one was hurt.
The combination of the above was so well executed that between transitions almost every scene received thunderous applause from the audience.
The plot’s unexpected twists and turns are best left to be discovered, so step into John Blade’s world – you won’t be disappointed.