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Fringe Review: Dirk Darrow: Future Past Magic

By Apartment613 on June 20, 2022

Dirk Darrow: Future Past Magic
Created by Tim Motley
Produced by Racing Sloth Productions (Adelaide, Australia)
60m | PG | Magic
Content warnings: Audience Participation, Firearms, Smoking

By Julia Bueneman

Combining skilled magic, 1930s grit, time travel, standup and audience participation, Dirk Darrow: Future Past Magic is a compelling and energized play that had me giggling, stunned and picking my jaw up off the floor.

The stage is set minimally and the lights are simple as we meet our protagonist, detective Dirk Darrow. From there, we’re taken on a wild, immersive magic experience that transcends timelines and keeps the audience on their toes.

As he propels the storyline, he frequently changes back and forth through time with the help of tight lighting cues and a snap of his fingers. He carries multiple storylines and selects patrons as suspects and characters in the show, leading to hilarity and ridiculous results. Darrow is also incredible with regards to mentalism, numerology and overall panache—he certainly knows how to charm an audience and it was delightful to watch!

Unfortunately, there were quite a few technical difficulties with lighting and sound cues towards the end of the show. While overall the experience remained lovely it was not ideal to watch Darrow continuously have to navigate those glitches, though he did a great job recovering from the (sometimes quite strange) missed cues.

Dirk Darrow: Future Past Magic was a joy to see. Between impressions of various folks (I particularly appreciated the shout-out to Bill and Ted), absolutely amazing amounts of alliteration, the case to save solar energy, and the charming nature of Dirk Darrow, this show is a really delightful and well built. I highly recommend this show for anyone looking to be amazed as well as entertained.


Dirk Darrow: Future Past Magic by Tim Motley is playing at Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street) until June 26, 2022. 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 https://apt613.ca/category/festival/fringe/.