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With his pocket full of straws, Australian props performer Daniel Oldaker sucks the audience into the world of old-time variety show.
The unaggressive stage presence of the diminutive Oldaker — nattily attired in a powder-blue suit accented with a bow-tie made out of a red straw — is reminiscent of a cross between Mr. Bean and Pee-wee Herman. His wordless 45-minute physical comedy, loosely based around him waiting for a flight at an airport, opens with him performing origami with straws, then juggling balls (which he does while pretending to be asleep) before balancing a watermelon on his head while dancing. When Oldaker, who communicates mostly through his expressive eyes, begins stripping off his clothes until all he has on is a caveman toga and the watermelon, and soon not even that.
Dandyman lacks any wow moment but it’s good, clean — actually he needs a shower by the end — fun for a family or anyone needing a break from heavy dramas.
- Kevin Prokosh
(Review based on a show seen at an Ontario fringe festival in June.)
From the Fringe program:
DANDYMAN takes you on a journey of the imagination. Everyday objects transform fluidly in the hands of this talented physical comedian.
Armed with just a pocket full of drinking straws, DANDYMAN fills the stage with characters, landscapes, and wild adventures.
Rediscover the joy of playfulness as DANDYMAN sweeps you up in this invigorating and crazy world.
A poignant story about waiting, about tested patience, and the way we interact with a changing world.
Director: The Birdmann
Cast: Daniel Oldaker
Recommended For: Family Friendly
Length: 45 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Matinees, Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under)
Babes in arms permitted.
Updated on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 5:51 PM CDT:
Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:08 AM CDT: