It was a dark and stormy night.
Well actually it was.
Lightening flashed, rain splattered and came and went in torrents. The canvas of the Teatro 1 tent flapped and moaned in the wind.
Enter a seedy P.I. Stubbled chin, obligatory trench coat, burning cigarette and a rather becoming slouch hat. It was none other than that jaded dick, Dirk Darrow.
The scene was set. It was 1932, the height of the U.S. depression. With it came prohibition and a healthy sub culture of criminal activity.
The 30 something souls who had braved the elements at a quarter to midnight on a Monday were amply rewarded for their trouble. Tim Motley gave a tour de force performance. It is easy to see why he has won Awards in London, Winnipeg and Victoria Fringe Festivals.
The audience was spellbound.
His Damon Runyon-esque monologue was cleverly drawn and tongue in cheek wit peppered the gritty noir tales. I will resist quoting any of the multitudinous puns and quips. The joy is in the corny punchlines and they belong to Motley.
This solo performance was seamlessly delivered with a flawlessly held drawl throughout. Amazing card tricks, illusions, comedy mind-reading, graphology (the reading of handwriting) thrilled and stunned the crowd.
Motley was confident enough to work in some ad-libs and his charm coerced “volunteers” to participate on and off stage with little reticence and no ill will. No mean feat in such a small crowd.
His casual, rather shambolic stance belied the enormous amount of skill that went into these illusions and the crafting of the busy but extremely well written script.
I joined with other Fringe audiences in awarding him 5 stars and a standing ovation!
Tim Motley presents
2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick: A Dirk Darrow Investigation
Venue: Teatro 1, Perth Cultural Centre
Dates: January 30 – February 4, 2015