Engineered Air Theatre
Not suitable for viewers under the age of 16.
I heard there was a perfect crime
Where fortune, plans and guts aligned
And the daring duo under covers
Whispered just before the end
“Look at us – we got away with it”
Recognized internationally for work that is incisive, heartwrenching and darkly funny, Calgarians David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor have spun a true story into a brand-new musical that will plant gorgeous songs and explosive ideas in your head.
Bob arrives in the big city in the late 1940s with a sketchbook full of comics about how the little guy always gets pushed into the dirt by corporations and politicians… but publishers say there’s no money in bleeding hearts. Then Bob falls for Violet, a lounge singer with an abusive ex-husband, and inspiration strikes. He gets his big break after sexing up his stories with ‘babes and blood’ — dark depictions of true crimes where the criminals are the heroes, in a hot new title called "Crime Does Not Pay".
The comics become an overnight sensation but also inspire a backlash from children’s advocate Eleanor Flood, who claims their racy content is spurring horrible copycat crimes. Turns out that the trappings of success, the threat of censorship and Bob’s possessive love of Violet make for one dangerous cocktail…
Five years in the making, Crime Does Not Pay is one racket you’ll want to get in on.
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