Dylan Cole inherited a locked
briefcase from his grandmother, and in Case Numbers, he takes the
audience through the mystery of cracking the code and what he found inside it.
But before that, he needs to advise us of some pre-show notes and disclaimers
so that we are fully aware of what we are getting into.
Over the next twenty minutes, Cole goes through almost twenty points of reference for us, stressing that there is no beginning, its middle is pointless and the ending is endless. And the following forty minutes? Well that would almost ruin the surprise, but it does involve a number of dated pop references (although it depends how old you are because I knew pretty much all of them) and ties to 1990 American submarine spy thriller and Sean Connery film, The Hunt for Red October.
If you prefer your comedy / theatre to be more meta and analytical than straight up funny and gaggy, then Case Numbers is the perfect outing for you. While not every joke lands and the structure can wear a little thin, seeing how Cole can stretch it out and keep the repetitive nature of the show fresh is interesting to watch unfold. Be warned though, there is a strong possibility you will walk out with an earworm that you really don't want, and 12 hours later, it is still playing inside my head.
Venue: Greek Centre, 168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Season: until 9 April | Tues - Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm
Length: 50 minutes
Tickets: $28 Full | $22 Conc | $15 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: Melbourne International Comedy Festival