Do Not Trust The Following Animals – Sydney Fringe Festival

In his first ever one-man show, Patrick Magee lampoons history’s greatest fable-man, Aesop, in what is a glorious hour of zoological humor. 

 Presented by: Sydney Fringe FestivalVenue: Fusebox at Factory Theatre Saturday, September 17, 2011 
Pat MageeIn his first ever one-man show, Patrick Magee lampoons history’s greatest fable-man, Aesop, in what is a glorious hour of zoological humor. Magee is no stranger to the stage, appearing in two highly acclaimed Sydney Comedy festival shows with rising comedian Michael Hing in Hing & Magee: Illustrious Magicians of Romance (2010) and Hing & Magee: Orientalism (2011).
Charming and self-deprecating, but with a laser sharp wit, Magee breaks down Aesop’s ancient fables, brings in some of his own familial stories, and even freestyles a fable (drawings and all) with the help of the audience. While much of Aesop’s work is obviously outdated and sometimes absurdly translated, Magee brings a refreshing comedic look at the fables with act outs, witticisms, and observations that are as spontaneous as they are hilarious.
Perhaps a little over apologetic at times with opening night jitters creeping in at moments, however the audience on the night was clearly behind Magee. A remarkable first solo effort, you can’t help walking out feeling a little elated after seeing Do Not Trust The Following Animals. It’s a shame to think we are losing such a promising young comedian to England where Magee will no doubt create an audience for himself. 
Reviewer rating: 4 Stars

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