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Ottawa Fringe 2017 : Tim Motley as Dirk Darrow the mind-reading private dick.

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Here we are in the ambiance of the film noir, with the smooth, sexy, fast-talking Aussie full of himself in a charming sort of way.  With his 30-40’s style hat he suggests Humphrey Bogart or something out of a Dashiel Hammett story  but this fellow has a lot more class and a special talent: he is a slight of hand dick, a mind reader and a talented manipulator of each and every member of the audience. AS he solves each crime as though it were a magic show, we get more and more involved in the challenges he presents, always managing to divert our attention so that we dont see the ending before it hits us in the face. The climax:  a very funny game of musical chairs  where the participants, drawn at random from the audience, became the stars of the show because of their unexpected reactions that even threw Motley himself!  His high point!  he knows how to use the audence! Not  bad at all..but where did his Australian accent go???

Tricky Dirk Darrow the mind-reading detective plays in the Arts Court Theatre.

 

Patrick Langston reviews the Fringe on Arts File

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Theatre review: Four more from the Ottawa Fringe Festival

In Rough Magic, Lindsay Bellaire as Ariel and Phillip Psutka as Caliban embody the limits and possibilities of humanity. Photo: Larry Carroll

The 2oth anniversary of the Ottawa Fringe Festival is now underway. Covering a massive undertaking like the Fringe requires some agility. ARTSFILE’s theatre writer Patrick Langston has covered as many bases as he could over the past few days offering his takes on up to a dozen shows in this year’s lineup. As Langston knows, you never know what you are going to find at the Fringe. Here is his take on four shows currently on view. They were seen on Sunday. For more information on all Fringe shows, times and places of performances and tickets, please see: ottawafringe.com

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