Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Theatre: 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick

Written and performed by Tim Motley
Teatro 1
Until March 4


I’d completely forgotten that Tim Motley, the American/ Australian comedian, was also a magician, and that his faux noir character, Dirk Darrow, solves his comic cases by mindreading as well as more traditional gumshoe techniques.
It wasn’t because of the battering my increasingly marginal memory gets in the frenzy of Fringe, or that I last saw him, in Dirk Darrow NCSSI, was at the end of a particularly dud-filled evening a few years ago.
It’s because Dirk Darrow is such a great character, and Motley so good at playing him, that the magic tricks were superfluous and unmemorable. It’s a bit of a shame that the denouement is a bill-in-a-sealed-envelope trick – impressive though it is – rather than a bad guy with some extra holes in him and a grateful broad giving him an invitation he can’t refuse. 

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian

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