Reviewed Friday, February 12th 2010 (continues until March 13th)
Mr & Mrs Wills present The Boy With Tape on his Face.
Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights – Bosco Theatre, Rundle Park, cnr East Tce & Rundle St, Adelaide
Season: February 12-14, 16-18, 20-28 at 7.45pm; March 1-7, 9-13 at 7.45pm
Tickets: $20-$24 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
For a stand up comedian Sam Wills has nothing to say. The tape over his mouth ensures he doesn’t utter a word during his one hour variety show that has his audience screaming with laughter.
The multi-award winning NZ comic soars with imagination and audience participation, although he ensures none of his many willing participants lose face. He’s a generous and gracious performer, sharing the stage with a stream of helpers from the crowd.
The comedy is in Wills’ expressive eyes, and his ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary; singing shoes, an electric fan, newspapers, packing tape and a toy lion, to name but a few objects of absolute pleasure. Bursts of popular songs add to the unpredictable humour that seems to be born from the imagination of a child let lose in the family attic.
The wit is far from the slapstick of silent films but touches on the same charm that makes you smile even as you wait for the inevitable punch line. To reveal too much however, would be to do a disservice as much of the joy comes from Wills’ randomness.
The show sold out at last year’s Fringe and scored three well-deserved awards. Going by the crowded preview performance, it will be no surprise if this new season sells out too. If you’re looking for something ‘safe’ but oddball this Fringe, this could be the show you’re looking for.
Review by Rod Lewis for GLAM Adelaide