In its 100 minutes, show knowingly reflects politics in a small office; draws a gentle love story; and creates some strong, if somewhat stereotyped, characters.
Having each actor play two roles is more of a gimmick than a necessity, though the device does result in some nice work: Sherri Stoner as the world’s worst accountant (who’s also an aspiring poet) later shows up as an old woman who moves the plot along; Maggie Roswell is a prim senior accountant and the villainous head of Human Resources; David Sargent is both a fey muffin vendor and the show’s quite straight romantic interest. Andy Schell is a randy Xerox repairman and a female worker from another office (raising a collective gasp from the audience when he comes back in drag after they’ve seen him in male mufti), and Sweeney reappears late in the show in a quite different female role.
Of the five–or 10–Sweeney’s Mea is the standout character because of audience semi-familiarity and because she’s written as the center of the show. The rest, though, work equally hard, generally more impressive in one role than another. Stoner’s sweetly ditzy Robin is a special delight–the fullest character in the show other than Mea, and the one whose further adventures might be worth following.
Script is tight and pointed, with hardly a superfluous line or moment.Tech credits are good, if somewhat unambitious, and numerous costume changes are notably effective.