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Dandy Darkly's All Aboard

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining

About the show

American storyteller Dandy Darkly makes his Off-Broadway debut with this hour of sugary sweet satire: a ghost story told by the survivors of that tragic night. Part of Soho Playhouse's Fringe Encore Series. More…

From the show:

Preeminent American storyteller Dandy Darkly makes his Off-Broadway debut with his political, hysterical hour of sugary sweet satire. Dandy Darkly's latest is a Georgia ghost story told by the survivors of that tragic Halloween night — from the little boy chased by the phantoms that haunt her as an adult to the cruel Colonel buried in his bunker, tinkering with his toys.

Dandy Darkly's All Aboard! is an uprooting of Deep South shame alongside searing social commentary and Southern Gothic grotesquery: redneck robots, spider gods, beauty shops and inbred redneck freaks. All aboard for Dandy’s most beautifully batshit creation yet.

The show is written and performed by Dandy Darkly and directed by Ian Bjorklund. Dandy Darkly regales his tales alongside a nonstop soundscape of pre-recorded music and eclectic sound effects to create an utterly unique storytelling experience.


Member Reviews (22)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Clever, Absorbing, Edgy, Entertaining
77
Avg Score

83
Scary, Flamboyant, Imaginative, Biting, Intense

See it if Dark US history satire from the viewpoint of a black trans girl in the South. Creative grotesque magical realism with twists. Compelling.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in an intense solo journey through a weird land of horrors, presented by a conductor clown. A bit loud / over mic’ed.

79
Quirky, Intense, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you would like to spend an hour with an exciting personality who tells wickedly good stories with enthusiasm in great costume and makeup.

Don't see it if you do not like four letter words, stories with sexual content, haunting ghosts and racists or loud shouting at times.

80
Unnerving, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Grotesque whitefaced clown satirically lasers safe America's underbelly of fear of Other with unnerving vocal delivery.

Don't see it if Effective aural cues and story combine to form an hour of smartly-written, aggressively-delivered, panicked indictment of geographical demo.

70
Edgy, Great writing, Riveting, Slow, Quirky

See it if A series of connected Southern tall tales using the drag king clown motif appeals. You want something you, probably, haven't seen before.

Don't see it if The motif above doesn't appeal to you. You want a more varied tone: the stories, while well-written, are all performed in the same voice...

Also which gets tiring. Dandy is a fascinating & likable performer w/good s... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Quirky, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Storytelling Horror with the Conductor who take you deep down south. This one man show is refreshing and different look at storytelling.

Don't see it if One man show. If you do not like storytelling.

78
Intelligent, Edgy, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy storytelling by a strange character with a dark outlook. This one man show is refreshing and different; not for everyone.

Don't see it if you dislike one man shows of any kind; references to sexuality and dark subjects; sometimes over-the-top.

75
Quirky, Funny, Edgy

See it if a moving silly fantastical one man show with an eyepopping costume and makeup.

Don't see it if you don't like stories with homosexual themes.

80
Refreshing, Clever, Great writing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if Creative and forceful performance on this solo performance. Topic is worth listening and thoughtful journey for audience.

Don't see it if You might be taken back by the actor using the clown Experience as the delivery tool.

72
Thought-provoking, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you're ready for a one-man show that engages with transphobia, racism, capitalism, and consumer culture in the South

Don't see it if you don't think that a White man should be telling the stories of people of color. Darkly has some really strong ideas, but I couldn't shake

Also the feeling that it wasn't his story to tell.

70
Lollybots in georgia, Cynical political vision, Poetic transgender folk tale

See it if You’d enjoy 1 hour poetic transgender allegory w/ charm, stylized vaudeville dramatic storytelling & 200-plus pounds of gay mannerisms.

Don't see it if You dislike 1-man shows, folk tales, political allegory.

Also Remarkable performance.... Read more Read less

67
Slow, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if Boy is this one tough to write. Dandy really puts his all into this, but it just didn't work for me. It's well-thought out & fervently acted

Don't see it if but he has sort of an insecure ringmaster affect to his voice that was off-putting. And the story was weird but not interesting. Not for me

69
Great acting, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if into a super-animated storyteller take on a ghost story

Don't see it if you prefer storytelling be about the story

Also Dandy Darkly is animated and expressive, but there is a problem when o... Read more Read less

79
Delightful, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy masterfully performed creative monologues that deal with injustice and prejudice.

Don't see it if You do not enjoy solo performances.

76
Gothic, Funny, Clever, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if U enjoy fast paced story telling. Dandy's keeps your focus at all times. I got lost a few times due to the rhythm

Don't see it if if you don't like solo shows

Also I wish Dandy's would slow down at times using the stage space.

79
Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you enjoy good story telling, especially if you are interested in LGBTQ subject matter.

Don't see it if you are not interested in storytelling, the spinning of yarns.

75
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Quirky, Confusing

See it if I truly had no idea what I was in store for and I am still not quite sure what I saw, but he is a masterful storyteller with a unique style.

Don't see it if You are expecting something super polished or light-hearted, he goes to some unexpectedly dark places with this show.

50
Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You can keep up with a frenetic storyteller

Don't see it if You don't like a show slamming southern sterotypes

Also The actor is a gifted storyteller. Great acting chops, but to me it wa... Read more Read less

72
Ambitious, Funny, Clever

See it if You enjoy one person shows and creative narratives.

Don't see it if You like more structured shows.

100
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if If you like mesmerizing story telling. Dandy is enchanting and his is imagery is almost real enough to touch.

Don't see it if If you are averse to single person story telling. It is only Dandy, sound, and background props. Great stuff, but you need an imagination.

100
Absorbing, Profound, Riveting

See it if you want challenging, current queer theatre and you love great storytelling and exquisite poetry and use of the English language.

Don't see it if You are offended by questioning your own biases.

98
Exquisite, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if The show is expertly crafted and deceptively precise. See it if you enjoy character-driven storytelling, explorations of society, dark humor

Don't see it if If blunt explorations of race and sexuality make you myopically uncomfortable, the immediate elements may, for you, overshadow the payoff.

Also An absolutely enthralling show. Dandy’s seemingly-relaxed delivery is ... Read more Read less

100
Must see, Edgy, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if This show is such a clever and profound social commentary on today’s world and how it has been molded by the past. 5 stars for sure!

Don't see it if I would not take small children to see this show, but if you have young minds that are ready for thought-provoking theatre, by all means!


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