|Sophia Smart (Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons) warns persnickety bureaucrat Richard Clod (Rob McIntyre)|
that she'll be keeping an eye on him.
During the 2013 Atlantic Fringe Festival, Department of Common Sense achieved box-office success but also earned praise from theatre reviewers.
Stephen Cooke writes in his review in The Chronicle Herald that Department of Common Sense:
"mixes a vintage screwball comedy flavour with a knowing nod to modern politics, and its characters are sharply drawn, especially the female leads who exude confidence, and pride in their ability to get around their so-called superiors."Kate Watson of The Coast writes:
"There is comedy gold to mine from the workings of government, and playwright Ryan Van Horne has posted a surplus with this show."Department of Common Sense earned 3.5 stars out of 5 from theatre critic Amanda Campbell on her blog, The Way I See It Theatre. Campbell writes:
"Department of Common Sense is an amusing piece of theatre that pokes fun at the ridiculous situations in office and political bureaucracies that a great many of us can ardently relate to."