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Fringe Review: Dicky Dicky Dream Factory

By Barbara Popel on June 10, 2017

Apt613 is trying to see every show on opening weekend of the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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Dicky Dicky Dream Factory
by Ray Besharah & David Benedict Brown

70 min / Comedy / Mature

I can’t tell you much about this performance, because the waiver I signed said that what happens in this show is confidential.

And it’s mandatory to (a) sign the waiver, (b) put on a pair of handcuffs, and (c) don a pillowcase hood. No exceptions. Otherwise, you forfeit the price of your ticket and must leave immediately.

Besharah and Brown make contradictory statements about whether you’ll be safe during the performance. I can assure you that you will be safe, though not necessarily safe from embarrassment.

If you’re willing to go along with this (which happens in the 10 minutes before the published start time of the 60-minute show), you’ll then experience 15 minutes with “Evil Ray and Evil Dave” doing things that reminded me rather too much of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Refer to Wikipedia if you’re not familiar with this infamous 1971 psychology experiment.

Then the cuffs and hoods come off, and things switch into a New Agey environment with Good Ray and Good Dave. What happens for the remaining 45 minutes is a blend of improv, audience participation and performance art. It’s sure to be different every night.

Dicky Dicky Dream Factory is definitely not for everyone. And it’s definitely only for adults. Most of the 12 people in the opening night audience (there are 15 seats) seemed to enjoy themselves, but I didn’t.


Dicky Dicky Dream Factory is playing at Studio 203 (135 Séraphin-Marion) until Saturday June 17, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the doors. Visit ottawafringe.com for the show schedule and box office info.