Becoming Magic Mike - DK Reinemer

Reviewed By Luke Dodge

Fringe Reviewer

Possibly the sweatiest show at Fringe, this high-octane one-man action-comedy leans into the tropes of every buddy-cop movie ever made. Comedian DK Reinemer spices up the classic noir detective story with a heaping scoop of sex and musical numbers. But it’s not all fun and games. Along the way he pokes fun at Hollywood’s unrealistic expectations and what it means to be a ‘real man’ dealing with loss.

To say Reinemer is active on stage is an understatement. Bounding between one costume change to the next dance sequence, the show is always in motion. Each character is distinct enough in both tone and mannerisms so that it’s always clear which hat Reinemer is wearing, both figuratively and literally. His level of commitment when baring it all never wavers. Clearly knowing how to work an audience, he demands you enjoy yourself and you are happy to oblige.

The feeling of a cheesy action movie is pervasive. Use of sound effects and pre-recorded voiceovers add to the illusion of watching a big-budget film. The audience even becomes characters in this musical adventure. Reinemer takes their unscripted reactions in stride and improvises to fit them seamlessly into the show no matter how much of a curveball it may be.

Reinemer does not disappoint living up to the ‘Magic Mike’ in the show title. Between the sexy dancing, clever props gags, and self-referential joks, the show is full to the brim with fun. This self-aware comedy hits all the right notes and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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