He came in like a wrecking ball…
Daniel Tobias and his award-winning one-ball one-man show THE ORCHID AND THE CROW hit the stage at Subiaco Arts Centre last night, turning divine retribution into comedy gold and I for one loved every single minute.
Only in town for two further shows tomorrow. If you could do with a good laugh, if you’re a little open-minded (especially in religious terms) and if you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday… just go grab tickets now and thank me later.
YES… that bloody good. I may head back for a second helping of Daniel. He is quite the entertainer, effortlessly drawing us into his inspiring tale of his near-death experience in this funny, uplifting story of faith, family and survival. Daniel had me and most of the audience at ‘hello, before we get started’. By the end of the night, everyone wanted a little piece of him. I know I did.
Now, a musical comedy about a Jewish atheist surviving testicular cancer might not sound that appealing but this one-man play that reflects on Daniel’s real life (and almost death) experiences manages to shine a humous light on the disease making it a tad more palatable.
The Orchid and the Crow is part story-telling and part-theatre, featuring original songs from the award-winning writers of Otto & Astrid (Die Roten Punkte). The rock and roll jaunt sees Daniel finding solace in athlete and cancer-beater Lance Armstrong (pre-scandal), all through song-and-dance numbers combining the taboo of death/cancer with a whole lot of humour and love. And there’s a lot to love about the full
minus one ball package that Daniel offers up.
I’m giving The Orchid and The Crow 4.5 worth casing stars out of 5.
The Orchid and The Crow
Subiaco Arts Centre
Friday 31 August to Saturday 1 September
Ticket price from $35
“wise, generous, and blackly funny” – The Australian
SUBIACO ARTS CENTRE
Subiaco Arts Centre is fast becoming our favourite date night venue. The variety of shows on offer and the intimate venue itself has this way of transporting us back to the 90s. A time when we were first dating in Sydney and thanks to my work at the time, hitting the theatre every other week. Innovating shows like Andrew Bovell’s Speaking in Tongues at the Stables Theatre in the Cross and Table for One at the Ensemble Theatre starring Sonia Todd, were just some of our highlights back then.
Everything we’ve seen to date out of the Subiaco Arts Centre, including Masterclass with Amanda Muggleton, The Man and The Moon and The Orchid and The Crow last night, compares with that calibre of show and performance. Innovating, exciting, definitely worth casing and writing home about!
The box office generally opens an hour before the show, giving us enough time to collect our tickets before casing the cocktail specials at the bar. Last night it was a Pimm’s Cup for just $10.
We were gifted tickets for opening night and our recent giveaway. As you would know by now, gifted tickets and sponsored posts have no impact on my ability to tell it like it really is. I have, however, on this occasion refrained from going to town with any ‘full package’ aka one testicle puns. I did find 40 witty names for guys with one testicle with ‘wrecking ball’ making the list. Hence my opening above. Forgive me Dan!