Upon taking a seat for Tape Face’s sold out show, it became clear that this wasn’t going to be your standard prop comedy fare. A David Lynch inspired dressing room is set up, with tattered wallpaper and derelict furniture sparingly decorating the dreary surroundings. Then Tape Face comes on stage, Charlie Chaplin by way of Tim Burton, a figure whose weirdness captivates and engages the audience with ease.
For many, Tape Face may have lost his initial shock after appearing and reaching the final of America’s Got Talent. This won’t make anything that he has in store any less surprising though. Especially when he starts to get the audience members involved in the performance. Each piece of audience participation becoming more elaborate and outlandish than what preceded it. The way Tape Face connects with the participants is very interesting too, conveying instructions through gesture and gently ribbing his guests in the process. It’s very entertaining to watch, the overstated nature of his gestures or emotions made all the more amusing by the complete lack of speech. However, it’s by no means a silent show.
Music is used frequently, to say what exactly would spoil some fantastic gags but there’s a real range that matches the unpredictable nature of his performance. There’s a mantra that’s repeated near the start claiming, “luck has nothing to do with it” and that becomes increasingly apparent as Tape Face’s show progresses. Everything is an intricately planned piece in the lead up to an incredibly bizarre finale. All of this flows exceptionally nicely, never feeling jarring to watch as seamlessly he moves from gag to gag with ease.
In short, it’s a complete triumph. It’s unpredictable, fun and will appeal to a large audience. Everybody should make it priority to see this show, just make sure you keep the mystery intact.
★★★★ (and a half)