Bullshot Crummond
Reviewed by David Kashimba
Photo by Kim Taylor

Ross Valley Players’ production of Bullshot Crummond is a comic blend of Monty Python, Maxwell Smart, and Rocky and Bullwinkle. Written by a team of wild and crazy writers, including Ron House, Diz White, Alan Sherman, John Neville-Andrews and Derek Cunningham, the high-energy cast, and director David Kester, keep madness moving with a combination of unsubtle touches guaranteed to have you rolling out of your seats.

Jason Berner and Anna Fischbach play the dastardly duo of Otto and Lenya Von Brunno, who dress and act very much like Boris and Natasha from the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon show. German spies infiltrated into England, the Von Brunno’s mission is to overturn truth, justice and the British way.

Fortunately England has a secret weapon, Bullshot Crummond, (Robin Abbott) supper sleuth and master spy who dresses like Sherlock Holmes (and occasionally cross-dresses) but acts more like a combination of Maxwell Smart and Dudley Do-Right of the Royal Canadian Mounties. He’s handsome, he’s brave, women worship the ground he walks on and somehow he always manages to bungle his way into saving the day for England.

Crummond comes to the rescue of the lovely Rosemary Fenton (Le Anne Rumbel) whose scientist father has been captured and tortured by the Von Brunnos.

Rumbel’s performance as the frail, not too smart, blond heroine (Fenton) is a delicious blend of overacting which achieves a delightful comic effect. Whenever Crummond, in his countless attempts to save her life, inadvertently rubs against Fenton, she has one of the funniest orgasmic reactions you’ll ever see on stage or screen.

The other member of this talented cast is Greg Soskin who plays multiple roles including Professor Fenton and the Watson-like sidekick for Crummond.

Also, some of the best comedy comes from a wild array of props and how the actors use them. There are car crashes, plane crashes and bird crashes that rival the best special effects that Hollywood can produce, but keep your eye on the scene that features a very special athletic support for Crummond – don’t worry it will be hard to look anywhere else. What makes all the great props so funny is the perfect timing of their use. As director David Kester aptly said, “There is no great, thought-provoking message to this show, no life-changing revelation, no roadmap for morality. Its sole intent is to make you smile and laugh.” In that, this production is a great success. For tickets or more information call (415) 456-9555 or visit www.rossvalleyplayers.org.

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