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Fringe Review: Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy

By Brian Carroll on June 17, 2019

Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy
by DK Reinemer
47min / 14+ / Solo / Sketch / Comedy

As they exited the theatre, the Sunday night audience burbled happily to the front-of-house volunteers:

“That was a ton of fun!”

“Watch out for the front row.”

“That’s the spray zone.”

“I could watch that every single night.”

“I was laughing so hard my cheeks were hurting.”

So much for Ottawa being the town that fun forgot.

The cause of all this excitement was Portland, Oregon performer DK Reinemer’s Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy. There’s truth in advertising. It’s an action packed, cops and robbers adventure that had the audience roaring with laughter.

The show literally hits the ground running, with the policeman protagonist, Mark, chasing bad guys. Bullets flying everywhere, the chase winds through the streets and waterways of Miami. In the mayhem, cars crash, a tourism pony gets lost, a helicopter gets shot down, and Mark’s partner dies from a Ninja star wound to the gut.

And for some strange reason, some of Mark’s clothing was ripped off in the process. As the show progressed this seemed to be a recurring theme.

His boss is not pleased that Mark didn’t call for backup and has cost the department a valuable policeman, and a lot of money. He sends Mark for psychological evaluation to Dr. Brooks (a member of the front row audience).

There’s a gang of bank robbers striking Miami. Curiously the bank tellers don’t seem to mind being held up. And they have difficulty describing the robbers’ faces. Police eventually suspect a gang of male strippers. Mark’s boss orders him to go undercover and infiltrate a local male strip club, where his stage name will be Magic Mike.

To be clear, his dancer’s body is buff, but he’s not in the buff. It’s close, but no biscuit, folks.

From there the plot winds its way through multiple excuses for physical action, clothing falling by the wayside, and, for reasons never fully explained, dance moves from movies like Footloose.

Reinemer’s more revealing and evocative moves resulted in voluble cries of delight from some of the ladies in the audience. To be clear, his dancer’s body is buff, but he’s not in the buff. It’s close, but no biscuit, folks.

While the ladies were the most vocal, the gentlemen also had a good time, laughing heartily and roaring approval at Reinemer’s athleticism.

This isn’t a show for everybody. If you’ve never been to a strip club, or even contemplated the idea, this is probably not a good time to reconsider. But if you’re willing to try out a combination of action, adventure, comedy and male burlesque, does DK Reinemer have a show for you!


Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy by DK Reinemer is playing at Studio 1201 (10 Daly Ave) until Sunday June 23, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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