A morality tale about the 2008 financial crisis, Spent tells the story of a pair of Toronto bankers driven to desperate measures by their sudden change of fortune. Using live dramatisations of rolling news coverage as the framing device for the action, the bankers' story is presented through montages of largely silent clowning.

Adam Paolozza and Ravi Jain play the bankers in question, alongside numerous other figures, from a Church of England vicar to Beelzebub himself. The pair are able mimics and have created some amusing characters, but scene after scene is let down by the fact that most of these characters are based on just one gag, their scenarios drawn out far longer than warranted. Even more frustrating is when these characters are reprised later in the show without the humour being taken any further than in their initial scenes.

There are some nice moments of theatre here – the panel show, in which Paolozza and Jain play six different figures in turn, is worth a mention – but the show's middle section reveals a crassness that is unpleasant to watch. A seriously questionable reference to the recent Dominique Strauss-Kahn alleged sexual assault case was a low point.

Paolozza and Jain are skilled in physical clowning, but they are unfortunately not funny or clever enough at what they do to carry us through a piece with such serious pacing issues and such a paucity of ideas.