Come in, sit down, and hold on tight – Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard is a riveting, hilarious, and completely unexpected ride through a tightly woven web of Afro-Caribbean myth, folk storytelling traditions, sharp humor and social commentary, and Southern gothic sensibilities. This one-man performance is the first time the Hollywood Fringe Festival has been privileged to have Dandy Darkly appear, and hopefully not the last!
Darkly, a veteran of many international Fringe festivals, captivates the audience with his enthralling, full-body delivery, and his rhythmic alliterations turn every tale into an epic poem. Each character he becomes quickly springs to life through voice, movement, and score, drawing the audience deeply into his world. It’s traditional storytelling at its finest – the roots of what defines humanity, shaped and sculpted for the present.
Darkly uses his role as storyteller to hold a mirror up to the horrors of the modern world including transphobia, racism, and robots, and expertly reveals their most absurd elements, allowing the audience to laugh at the darkness. At the end of the show, everyone seemed almost buoyant and hopeful, even though the subject matter could have easily had the opposite effect.
The heart and humor in Dandy Darkly’s All Aboard make it one of the rare shows that has near-universal appeal, and a can’t-miss performance at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Tickets are still available for the remaining performance (June 20, 22, and 29) at Studio C.
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