Leading up to the Adelaide Fringe season, I remember people talking about how one can only enjoy the plethora of shows on stage if they go with an open mind.
And boy oh boy, how right they were!
Paul Dabek is hands down, one of my favourite...artists. Artist would be the right word, given his talent pool showcasing a bit of everything - stand up comedy, magical illusions, dancing skills, and so much more. With his chiseled looks and a charismatic personality that could turn even the biggest frowns upside down, Dabek offers his audience with 50 minutes of an alluring performance that will not only leave you gasping in surprise, but also have a considerable number of stitches from laughing too hard.
Last night's opening show was one that will certainly be memorable for many aspects, including being a key part of the show. Initial thoughts of nervousness and anxiety had to be abandoned after 5 minutes of the show beginning, when Dabek spotted me in the crowd and after some light-hearted pokes at my Willy Wonka sunnies and my "rich Californian" accent (seriously, was I made for his show or what!), I was given an important task of taking care of one of the props that would come in handy towards the end of the show. This didn't distract me from his other acts within the show, which involved a high level of interactivity with the audience, callbacks to British culture, discussing about Adelaide and the Fringe season, and of course, some magic tricks with ropes, cards and even real cash.
While these objects might seem cliché to someone who has been to enough magic shows (if that's a thing), what makes Dabek's performance stand out from the rest is his penchant for engaging his audience throughout the show through a mix of improvised and scripted dialogues. His burns are so good that you just can't take offense to it, and instead want to silently give him a standing ovation for being able to think that quickly whilst being on the spot. But here's the thing - everyone in the room is subjected to Dabek's mischievous and colorful comments, including Dabek himself. And I think that if a man like Dabek has the ability to poke fun at himself (as well as others) in a lighthearted and fun manner, then that's the kind of man whose show you want to go and watch. You will definitely get your value for the money that you spend on a ticket to Dabek's show and will also help with continuing to fund him as he makes his way to our hearts and souls in the most magical and splendid manner possible.
Paul Dabek will be performing at The Speakeasy Tent in Gluttony, as part of the Adelaide Fringe till March 4, 2018. Get your tickets to his show here.