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Dandy

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Performed with campy abandon by Bremner Duthie and his excellent Dandy Dan Band (made up of local musicians Alec Meen, Glenn Radley and Sean Burke), Dandy is a combination revival meeting and late-night lounge cabaret, and it’s a blend that doesn’t always work. Duthie, as the born-again clotheshorse Murgatroyd Du Carre, entertains from his first moments onstage in his underwear and through several costume changes.

Over 75 minutes, he regales the audience with how he transformed from a filthy and lovelorn Paris singer to the self-proclaimed “King of Style,” thanks to his revolutionary understanding of the power of costumes. There isn’t a lot of depth to his sermons and they start to feel repetitive, but that doesn’t stop Du Carre from investing plenty of heart, not to mention a refreshing dose of theatricality, into them. The songs, mostly torchy jazz arrangements, are performed skilfully, though Duthie’s expressive baritone sometimes falters.

— Ben Wiebe

From the Fringe program:

Director: Bremner Duthie

Cast: Bremner Duthie

A perfectly performed act of pluck by a picturesque prodigy of physical perfection. A peerless, preeminent, puzzling, prodigious plunge into a disastrous seminar in chic from a Dude, a Popinjay and a Gallant Cavalier on the run from a hard-bitten lounge lizard life. Backed up by the Dandy Dan Band, shaking a spicy mixed cocktail of hit songs from the 1920s to the 1990s, from Weill to Radiohead, from Bowie to Schubert.

"Seedy. Stirring. Utterly memorable" - Sunday Times, UK

Audience Classification: General

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Door Discount: $8 for Kids (12 & under), Weekday Matinee

Warnings: Mild Language, Herbal Cigarettes

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