Company: Dandyman, Melbourne, Australia
Venue: 8 - The Rachel Browne Theatre
Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience.
Let's just begin by saying that physical comedy is nearly a lost art at this point.
The canon of greats includes Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis and more recently, John Ritter. Let's add Dandyman
to that list, shall we? In his foppish blue suit and impeccable coif, Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience.
The show gradually builds into wilder and more outrageous tricks: he's an excellent juggler and can hold a handstand longer than most would be willing to stand upright.
The real magic lies in his ability to transform regular objects -- drinking straws, a newspaper -- into anything his mind conjures up, using very strong and simple movements to do so.
It's masterful what he does and I thank him for his contribution to the art form.