Dandy Darkly is humanity's butthole.
Image credit Atticus Stevenson 2016
2016: Dandy Darkly’s Myth Mouth!
Dandy's most recent show served as a love letter to all the fabulous queers before us -- the eternal pantheon of grand old queens of stage and screen who inspire to this day with their bitchy wit and artistic wonders. From Cha-Cha, humanity's first sissy, to social media deceptions and Martian space kittens, Dandy's fourth show focused on the various aspects of mythologizing and truth-telling and how belief often proves indeed more powerful than reality in the vast scope of things. Dandy followed this Fringe run with an award winning American Fringe tour, playing festivals across a dozen North American cities. Nominated for three 2017 New York Innovative Theater Awards (Best Solo Performance, Best Performance Art and Best Original Music) and winner of Best Show at the 2017 San Francisco Fringe Festival. With Music by Adam Tendler, Rachel Blumberg, and Bryce Edwards. Directed by Ian Bjorklund
“Myth Mouth is a multi layered show – wickedly mischievous, creative, joyous, boisterous, lyrical, brash, poetic, funny and entertaining.” FringeReview San Francisco
2015 -- Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy!
Dandy's third show delicately tackled the difficult subject of gun violence with the panache expected of this now seasoned Fringe veteran. Playing the dual threats of physical violence (American gun deaths) up against emotional violence (the unspeakable horrors of "triggering") and all alongside a heavy dose of good ole boy gun porn and rhinestone dazzled, Old West cowboy schtick, Trigger Happy! was a sobering, yet still side-splitting, examination of a truly all-American epidemic. With music by Adam Tendler, Rachel Blumberg, Jeffrey Underhill and Bryce Edwards.
Directed by Ian Bjorklund.
"A scathing indictment of contemporary American society -- and somehow there’s a star-spangled glimmer of hope." TVBomb.com
Image credit Laura Pardo 2015
2014 -- Dandy Darkly’s Pussy Panic!
Dandy's second solo show focused on the insidious casual misogyny practiced by too many gay men. The show was heralded as a feminist celebration of the classic interpretations of womanhood as found in arts and literature -- the maiden, the mother and the crone -- not to mention an uproarious deflowering of the beguiling mysteries of the feminine, ahem, form. With music by Adam Tendler, Rachel Blumberg and Bryce Edwards.
Directed by Ian Bjorklund.
"Unsettling, hilarious and political, Dandy Darkly's Pussy Panic! is a searing critique of queer culture, celebrity obsession and misogyny." The List
Image credit Laura Pardo 2014
Image credit Dick Mitchel 2013
2013 -- Dandy Darkly’s Gory Hole!
Dandy Darkly's Edinburgh debut was a solo show sampling a broader spectrum of his now signature tales of sex and death. Culled from Dandy’s work as a New York City cabaret compere and variety show producer, Dandy Darkly's Gory Hole! turned audience heads and set a decidedly tawdry tone for his forthcoming foursome of critically acclaimed Edinburgh returns. With music by Adam Tendler and Bryce Edwards.
"Fantastical fairytale horror, equal parts Tennessee Williams, Edgar Allen Poe and Bruce LaBruce with a dash of Brothers Grimm for good measure.” Time Out