Writer: Le Navet Bete
Director: John Nicholson
Reviewer: Harriet Mallion
Dick Tracy leaps off the pages of the comic book and screams onto the stage. Hilarious quartet Le Navet Bete have bundled up all the action, drama and comedy that you would expect from a comic book adaptation and jumbled it up with a whole host of tomfoolery that you wouldn’t. From the very first minute the production is action packed, changing characters, sets and costumes at breakneck speed and drawing the audience into a realm of ridiculousness where truly anything can happen.
Our hero, Dick Tracy (Dan Bianchi), the slick dressed, hard-hitting detective has stopped crime in its tracks, the City has never been safer. But when Big Boy Caprice (Nick Bunt) is released from prison early it is clear that he has other plans. Together with his stooges (Alex Dunn and Matt Freeman), Big Boy is determined to shatter the happiness and tranquillity of the City. Big Boy hatches his plot to discredit the famous detective, destroying his career and getting him locked up in the process. With Dick Tracy out of the way Big Boy is free to charm the City officials into thinking he’s one swell guy, and to take control of the City. Join the hilarity and the mayhem as Dick Tracy and his girlfriend Tess Trueheart try to thwart Big Boy’s plans and restore order (or some sense of it) to the City.
Ensuring that every moment is packed full of laughter and amusement Le Navet Bete show off an admirable range of skills and techniques. From slapstick to song, props to prosthetics this production uses every trick in the book and you will most certainly see everything. This performance embraces dance, dummies, quick changes, masks, audience interaction and even a toy cat strapped to a remote control car.
The cast switches flawlessly between a whole host of characters reaching far beyond the typical hero, villain, damsel in distress you’d expect to find in a comic book adaptation. They push the limits of an already versatile backdrop and switch scenes with expertly choreographed hysteria to fit in all of the action.
Dick Tracy is the first production Le Navet Bete have brought to The Lowry, it is a promising debut and the North West will hopefully see more of their quick wit and comedic charm in the future.
Reviewed on 24 March 2016 | Image: Contributed