Crimy or G-Man and…wait, Flapjacks a person? Wheres the old lady? The one who always bakes badly. And the guy with the suspenders who’s always “mucking things up”. And…wait…no…if he’s DMC’s son… What’s that got to do with the newshog? I’d attempt to explain the plot of Double Crossed: The Ballad of Rodrigo, but it’s far too complicated and, besides, I’d only spoil it. Here’s what I can tell you: for half of the play you will be extremely confused.
Doubles Crossed is a series and The Ballad of Rodrigo is the second installment. So there is a whole lot you get thrown into. And while your mind might be screaming, “WHAT IS GOING ON,” you are given just enough hints to get by. Most of the scenes take place at Sally’s Restaurant, a cute little diner where everyone hangs out. Sally (Cindy Keiter) is the classic lovable old lady. She serves bad food, wears an apron. Her son, Flapjacks (James Holden), a bit of doofus, usually has his mouth hanging open and is constantly being surprised. But the best character is Rodrigo (Matthew J.Nichols). He’s a short guy, wearing suspenders, like a mobster version of The Simpsons‘ Mr. Burns. Completely deranged, he makes it hard for you to take your eyes off of him. He pretty much steals every scene he’s in. The love story between Freddie (Gregory James Cohan) and Trina (Alison Parks) is fun to watch. The banter over stale muffins is adorable. I also feel it’s my duty to mention that this play had more guns than I have ever seen in my life. Seriously, how large was the gun budget? Not too give anything away but there is a scene where everyone has a gun and it’s extremely confusing.
The play is suspenseful, interesting, and has lots of twists and turns. You’ll be on the edge of your seat…and maybe under it when all the guns come out. The Ballad Of Rodrigo, is playing at the Tada Theater till June 22!