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“delightfully dark... an impressively hilarious show that manages to evoke nostalgia while still feeling very fresh and exciting.”
— On Stage and Screen

The solve it squad returns

June 15-18 & 22-25, 2017
Thursdays-Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 3PM
Secret Rose Theatre, North Hollywood, CA

Written by Tin Can Brothers
Directed by Corey Lubowich
Costumes by June Saito
Scenery by Robert Manion
Production Coordination by Amy Plouff
Stage Managed by Jeanne Valleroy

Joey Richter, Brian Rosenthal, Ashley Clements, Gabe Greenspan, & Lauren Lopez

The Tin Can Brothers are back with their new original show, The Solve It Squad Returns! The one-act play follows the adventures of a group of former kid detectives. After 20 years of growing up and apart, they must return to the scene of their greatest unsolved case: the murder of their trusty dog Cluebert. A send-up to classics like Scooby Doo, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew, The Solve It Squad Returns! puts its own dark, twisted spin on these beloved characters.

Cast & Creative Team

Production Photos

Photos by Katherine Leon


What kind of show is this?
The Solve It Squad Returns is a 75 minute comedy play! It'll have a few songs in it, but it isn't a full musical.

What age range is it appropriate for?
We'd rate the show as a solid PG-13 (with a few F-bombs thrown in).

Are you doing a Kickstarter?
Nope! We're funding this show ourselves. But if you'd still like to support us, that would be rad.

How do you memorize all those lines?
Every actor has their own techniques so that when they're in the moment on stage, the only possible thing the character they've created could say is what they've memorized. 

Do you guys know how totally awesome you are?

Will it be on YouTube?
We hope to film it and put it online eventually! If you'd like to help make that happen by contributing to our modest production fund (and get a digital ticket to the show), you can do that here!

What's a digital ticket?
Instead of a doing a livestream (that can be challenging both technically and time-zonally), we'll film and send you a link the week of 6/19 to watch a video of the show whenever you want! After you start watching, you have 3 days to watch as many times as you want before it expires. 

Past Productions


A Musical Short Film

Graham and Spencer have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity: the chance to stop a garbage movie adaptation of their favorite comic. They'll navigate the underbelly of a studio system full of high-powered executives and secret organizations, but at what point do their acts of bravery become acts of villainy? These two fanboys are about to find out how far they'll go to preserve the sanctity of the comic book lore they love in this musical comedy.

After raising $20,671 on Kickstarter, Flop Stoppers screened at Buffer Fest 2016 in Toronto, and Newport Beach Film Festival in 2017.

Flop Stoppers is now available on YouTube, and you can get the soundtrack on iTunes! And you can get the lyrics to the music here


Choose our destiny:
Improv Adventure

The Tin Can Brothers created and starred in an interactive online improv show, Choose Our Destiny: Improv Adventure for Project Alpha (a joint project of Geek & Sundry and Nerdist). Every month featured a new theme (like rom-com, film noir, or teen slasher). Audience members watching live could change the course of the story by casting their vote in realtime. As the suggestions piled up and things got more frantic, the cast had no choice but to accept their destiny. All 27 episodes are now available to watch on demand!


Youtube Series






In Can To Can, the brothers 'can'-didly discuss the process of producing their projects including the new musical 'Spies Are Forever' and the short film 'Flop Stoppers.' Join Brian, Corey, and Joey as they take on their ambitious creative projects!


The men behind the mustaches

The Tin Can Brothers: Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter, & Brian Rosenthal

The Tin Can Brothers: Corey Lubowich, Joey Richter, & Brian Rosenthal

The Tin Can Brothers is a comedy group based in Los Angeles. Residents of the same building, Corey Lubowich, Brian Rosenthal and Joey Richter soon realized that they could easily communicate between apartments with a tin can phone. And thus, the brothers were born. Since then, the boys have posted over 100 videos to YouTube, created four live shows, and raised over $85,000 on Kickstarter for their projects. In 2014,  their first live sketch show, Alive! On Stage!, sold out at Chicago’s Stage 773. They followed it with a three night run at Hollywood's ACME Comedy Theatre with Seriously. Not A Joke. They then collaborated with the band TalkFine to create the new musical Spies Are Forever, that had an acclaimed run in North Hollywood in 2016. They collaborated again with TalkFine on the musical short film, Flop Stoppers, which was selected to screen at Buffer Festival in Toronto and the Newport Beach Film Festival. Their newest live show, The Solve It Squad Returns, runs June 15-25, 2017 in North Hollywood.

...their own unique brand of whimsy and tongue-in-cheek commentary.
— Elite Daily

Corey Lubowich

Corey's previous work includes directing Airport for Birds (and Other Great Ideas) at Chicago’s Second City, a national concert tour with Glee’s Darren Criss, designs for seven shows with StarKid Productions (including A Very Potter Sequel and Holy Musical, B@man!), and producing acclaimed productions of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Reefer Madness, and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Corey also co-created the musical webseries World’s Worst Musical.

Joey Richter

Joey is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (BFA in Acting, Minor in Film Studies). Improv training at UCB and iO. TV: Genie in a Bikini, Henry Danger, Jessie, Glee, Legend of Korra. Online: School of Thrones , Muzzled, I Ship It (Sundance Film Festival). StarKid Productions (original member): Very Potter Musical Trilogy, S.P.A.C.E & Apocalyptour Concert Tours, Starship, Trail to Oregon! (Cherry Lane, NYC). Stage: The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Stage 773, Chicago).


Brian has appeared regionally with the Peterborough Players and Michigan Shakespeare Festival, nationally in commercials, and internationally in (the background of) feature films. He co-produced and performed in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Chicago’s Stage 773 in 2013. Brian also works often with  StarKid Productions (Very Potter Musical Trilogy, Apocalyptour) and performs regularly in LA with his improv troupe MERLIN. He has a BFA in Acting from the University of Michigan and loves talking about himself in the third-person.

...consistent and funny...
— The Daily Dot

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