Friday, February 25, 2011

Fringe Review - The Max & Dagger Show

Max is a fast talking, ukulele-playing, whip-cracking Texan; Jack Dagger is a Louisiana knife-thrower with nerves – and blades – of steel. Together they present The Max & Dagger Show, a mix of songs, comedy and death-defying stunts.

Shelby Bond is a Fringe veteran, having performed here over the years with Sound and Fury, mostly recently in their hilarious, highly acclaimed 2010 show Private Dick – which I wrote about in my post on last year's Fringe. It's Jack Dagger's first time, but, as his website indicates, he's no less accomplished a performer, being an award winning knife-thrower who has appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

Musical comedy, whip-cracking and knife-throwing is an odd combination, but in the hands of these two – who both possess great stage presence and excellent comic timing – it works. It's the quirky, often self-deprecating humour that's typical of this genre of entertainment; think of them as something of a cowboy version of Flight of the Conchords – with whips and knives.

It's another of those great one-of-a-kind shows that the Fringe gives us the opportunity to see. Catch them in The Campanile in The Garden of Unearthly Delights from now to March 6; tickets available here.

No comments:

Post a Comment