David Strassman has been coming to Adelaide for near on a quarter of a century with his friends, notably Ted, the teddy bear. This show has expanded his circle to six and includes, as he puts it, a variety of slivers of his self, from father figure (Fred) to Chuck, his inner, self-destructive voice.
Those familiar with the show turned up in full force last evening for the opening (many with teddys under their arms) and were not disappointed in the rapid fire banter, jokes and put downs that are the heart and soul of the Strassman magic. Amongst the patter the usual Adelaide jibes, some missed applied venom directed at the PM and a few mufffed lines added to the zest.
This show is set in Dave’s workshop as he is preparing for a TED presentation on the loss of imagination in the community (due to widely available and accessed digital content) and the suspension of disbelief. It was this that constituted the second half of the show but after the free for all of the first half, the attempted use of cogent argument and constructed debate probably fell short of his expectations in terms of audience response though it provided a monstrous opportunity for him to show off his talents of keeping all his characters talking throughout the discourse – a feat not dissimilar to the masters of chess similes, with here the gab and not the mind on full show.
iTedE proved to be great fun entertainment for the converted and a delight also for those just getting to know the man for the first time.
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