Having seen Tim Morley’s spellbinding show, A Dirk Darrow Investigation, two years ago at The Fringe there was no way I was going to miss this one.
A bare set with only a briefcase on a table, dim lighting set the mood.
Enter a seedy P. I. Lightly stubbled chin, obligatory trench coat, seemingly magic cigarettes that only lit and produced smoke when puffed on, and a rather fetching fedora. 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, speak easies, and a healthy sub culture of criminal activities.
Morley’s Damon Runyon-esque monologue was cleverly drawn and peppered with risqué puns and quips. I will resist quoting any of the multitudinous snappy lines and asides. The joy is in the corny punchlines and they belong to him alone. His tongue in cheek humour and the clever ad-libs had the audience eating out of his hand.
The gritty noir tale featured lowlifes, snitches, huge bank busts, danger at every corner and a gorgeous gal named Ruby with, you guessed it, fabulous knockers.
Amazing card tricks, illusions, comedy mind reading were all worked into the storyline. The audience often burst into spontaneous applause. This solo performance was seamlessly delivered with a flawlessly held drawl throughout. Morley’s charm and winning smile coerced audience members to participate on and off stage with little reticence and no ill will. His casual, rather shambolic manner belied the enormous amount of skill that went into the tricks and the crafting of the busy but extremely well written script.
Morley could not have picked better “volunteers” for the finale of the show. Stewie and “Tiny” a man of considerable stature, rose to the occasion brilliantly. It will be a long time before I forget the image of “Tiny” draped in red boxing gloves as Ruby. In the final shoot out his pratfall death to the floor was outstanding.
Morley is putting on a different Dirk Darrow show next week. I bet everyone who was there tonight will be rushing to collect their tickets for another dose of outstanding fun. I know I will be there.
Racing Sloths Productions presents
2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick
A Dirk Darrow Crime
Venue: The Flaming Locomotive Art Gallery WA Theatrette
Dates: 20 – 28 January 2017
Part of the 2017 Perth Fringe World Festival
6 Quick Dick Tricks: 7 – 12 February 2017