In "Caged", Smoot and the sacred Cone of Ummo have been taken and imprisoned by the clowns' evil nemesis Tagon - Mump to the rescue. In between systematic torture sequences the clowns use incantations from their holy book (the Boolabah) and clown logic in attempts to escape with the sacred Cone from the deepest bowels of Tagon's lair.
It is a darkly comedic story of separation, torment, blasphemy, betrayal, torture and reconciliation.
"The grisly scene has a postapocalyptic air - Beckett meets the Road Warrior."
- Laurie Stone, The Village Voice
"Imagine that the Godot that Vladimir and Estragon were waiting for had arrived and turned out to be the devil... The play, if you can call it that, is very close to the heart of the absurdest playwrites."
- Lloyd Dykk, The Vancouver Sun
"...combines elements of the Bowery Boys, Star Trek, Dracula and almost any buddy movie you can name, creating a yuck-fest of the first order."
- James Parker, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
"The scariest show at the Edmonton Fringe... By the play's end, I would have gladly opted for the more pastoral charms of David Cronenberg or Stephen King."
- Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Mump & Smoot are the John Wayne Gaceys of the clown world, walking the thin red line between horror and hilarity. The creation of Canadian slapstickers Michael Kennard and John Turner, the red-nosed clowns and their brilliant slash-and-crash antics echo Antonin Artaud and his Theatre of Cruelty, Samuel Beckett, and Alfred Jarry...as well as cinematic comedy teams from Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello."
- Bill Marx, Boston Phoenix
"Mump and Smoot are the latest wrinkle on the existential fall-guy, the Everymen buddy-buddies alone at the edge of the world. With their horned caps, bulbous noses and pancake eye masks, however,they are closer to big-tent Laurel and Hardy than new-age Vladimir and Estragons... They are magnetic punchinellos, maintaining an equally facile grip on pathos and slapstick... this eccentric brew of Grand Guignol and New Vaudeville..."
- Jan Stuart, New York Newsday