Department of Angels

presented by Schave & Reilly

Department of Angels

The Dept. summons all angels to work. Please punch in, sign out armor, put on halos, and report to your cloud. Lateness, practical jokes and raucous laughter are not tolerated and may lead to dismissal.

The cast

Schave & Reilly
Role: Clowns
SCHAVE & REILLY is the husband and wife team of Ben Schave and Caitlin Reilly. They have been clowning together for over ten years after receiving extensive training in clown, theatre, and dance from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, the University of Texas, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. They are recipients of the Wild Card Best of the Fest in Frontera Fringe Festival, and Best neo-Vaudeville and Miscellany Award at the Texas Burlesque Festival and are Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Artists for 2008-2010.


Sat., Aug. 2 @ 5:30 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 3 @ 10:00 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 4 @ 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 9 @ 10:00 p.m.
[A] Sun., Aug. 10 @ 5:30 p.m.

[S]=ASL interpreted
[A]=Audio described

Show details

Venue: Minneapolis Theatre Garage

Duration: 60 minutes

For ages 5+

Created by Ben Schave and Caitlin Reilly

From: Austin, TX


Genres: Comedy, Audio described

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Well produced, wrong venue
by Mikael Rudolph Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
This entirely professional, well-laid out silent script was very well prepared and performed.

It was not a Saturday night adult crowd show. Not really a Fringe Festival show - at least from my perspective.

Other than just a couple of off color jokes that were not central to the story, this was a Jr. High/Elementary school show - and an excellent one.

I recommend the artists contact International Performing Artists for youth (iPAY) and apply to showcase there. There are plenty of venues that would fit - just not this one.
The mugging clown style was off-putting

Clowns for the Future
by Chuck Beeson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
In a world of voice mails, cell phones, text messaging and people chasing words, it’s nice to see a theatrical performance rich in comedic action and short on words. That is the world of “baggy-pants” comedy we are introduced to with Schave & Reilly, a Ringling Bros. & Dell’Artre School of Physical Theater trained man/woman comedy troupe. “Department of Angels” is a slapstick look at two people going to work as angels, answering and approving prayers, while constantly switching from trench coats and office gear to angels wings. The two are constantly teasing each other, from whoopee cousins, to KICK ME signs on the back to the “pushing one arm up and the other comes around to slap you” routine, very much like Laurel & Hardy, as is described in the show program. The use of music is like a circus background while the two very animated clowns run around the stage with animated faces, tongues sticking out and a teasing of each other that got all the little kids in the audience giggling like crazy. Three buckets, one had a peace sign on it, one a smiley face were full of glitter and one woman got a car wash of silver in her face with appropriate circus applause afterwards. The biggest overall laughs came when Schave (Ben Schave) was counting angels on the head of a pin he pulled out of his pocket. Lots of that kind of humor in this show.

The melancholy at the end was a little difficult for me to understand (a red phone rings on the stage, and does it tells us someone died?) and the business at stage right (were they punching in and out and why did they do it twice?) was confusing, and there was a dead spot in the show when they were putting on suits of armor, but overall a totally fun show to see and all you have to do is put clown suits on them and you’re at the circus. But I hear many kids are afraid of clowns these days, so maybe this is the wave of the future!

Well done, Schave & Reilly, from Austin Texas, and I shall come see you when I go to visit my sister who just moved there. But you can see them all over the world, just go to and see where they are. Nice show!

Angelic Silliness
by Katie Sopoci Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Sweet, silly and actually lovely; you feel like a better person when the show is done! If you like clowning around, you'll see no better example than these two. All the silliness turns into quite a touching story.

Loony Tunes live
by Jim Howitt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A cartoon come to life, including all the improbable physics. Childish humor, yes. But if you've even been bored at work you'll appreciate this show.

by Matlisa Semrad Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
My 8 year old and I both enjoyed the show. They are a superb team of clowns. Nice poignant ending!

by Susan Roberts Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I'm not a fan of clowns or pannamine - but I LOVED this show. Very kid friendly - but still very entertaining for adults.

They know their stuff...
by Jeffrey McCants Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
When I first learned the kind of show these Texans were going to perform, I revved up for a long hour. But honestly, these guys have such control and knowledge of their craft that I was completely there with them the entire time. The facial features and physicality of their performance made me tired just watching, but it was effortless for them. It was a very entertaining show that I will admit, isn't for everyone. But the Fringe is about going to weird, quirky theatre. Check this one out.

Cute Angels
by paulino brener Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
These performers know their technique of physical comedy very well and they seem to enjoy the Vaudeville style very much. Even though they are cute and funny (and talented) angels the plays is a little flat and repetitive.

Good Ole' Humor
by Elizabeth Behnke Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The world needs to get back to this kind of humor. Good clean fun. And very charming.
At first I thought a non-verbal performance would be boring- but I was very suprised!
Super cute and super fun! A must see!

by Marilyn Gallagher Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
I thought they were inventive in their approach. I would not see this show again.
You have to like the mime.
But did not like the story

sweet & silly
by Sherry Larson Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
At first, I thought pantomime, ick. Then I started watching the beauty of motion. The graceful falls and leaps. Caitlin Reilly looks like Giulietta Masina, Fellini's first wife. I had images of La Strada. Perhaps the whoopie cushion goes on a bit long, but wait for the ending punchline, it's funny.

Good Physical Performance
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Schave and Reilly do a wonderful job of showing the day in the life of 'The Department of Angels', with a show that recalls the days of Vaudeville.

This homage is a pastiche of many classic Vaudeville bits, updated and placed into a new context. The players obviously have a great love for the material and each other, and it shows in this performace.

Your love of Vaudeville and silent comedy will directly be proportional to your love of this play. If you watch classic Chaplin then rush to this, because it will be right up your alley.

Old-time Divine Comedy
by Peter Erickson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Oh, this is what we come to the Fringe for---take us somewhere we rarely go! A delightful visit to old-time physical comedy, reminding of Charlie Chaplin and his era. Sweetly done, without words, but entire bodies and rubbery faces committed to this charming tale.

by connie smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
if you think whoopie cushions are funny I guess you will like this... it wasn't funny the first time and sure wasn't after 5.... It was like an elementary child put it together as they just kept repeating the same things over and over... very lame... save your money

Silent Performers/Loud Laughing Audience
by Kurt Hunter Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
It was a treat to see such a wonderful non-verbal clown show. The very broad facial and physical were laugh out loud funny and communicated with crystal clarity. Check out this show and have a great time.

Must See
by Steve Smith Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
A wonderful show driven by skilled, sophisticated physical comedy.

Good for all ages
by Alexander D Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
This was a great show. Clown humor in a workplace, whose workers just happen to be angels. I can see this being very kid friendly, but as an adult I enjoyed it a lot as well.

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