Alexis Dubus Verses The World

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Words can be utilitarian, dry, and dull. They can also be powerful, beautiful, and provocative.

Words can float through a room, becoming almost tangible, as a person speaks them. Or, they can plummet to the ground like dead weight. In Alexis Dubus Verses The World, words take flight – often through unexpected means.

Stepping on stage in a green velvet suit, strumming a tiny ukulele, Alexis Dubus performs a song of metaphorical journeys and key changes. Soon, he is performing the first of many poems.

Listening to this artist’s poesy warms our hearts with a sense of appreciation that comes only from a feeling of true admiration.

Much more than a simple performance of spoken word poetry, Alexis Dubus Verses The World incorporates stand-up comedy, rap, song, and a surprising intermission that reduces us to shuddering heaps of laughter.

Dubus has a superordinate capacity to bounce off his audience. Whether he’s engaging in banter, responding to interruptions, or becoming genuinely amused by the sounds emanating from the crowd, he reflects our energy with seemingly contradictory – and trademark – nonchalant enthusiasm. It has us simultaneously relaxed and excited.

With a laconic and laid-back style, Dubus creates the illusion that speaking in verse is a matter of leisure rather than craft.

As his poems ebb and flow through the room, we hear about fruit that elicits anger, snacks of questionable nutrition, surreal fauna, and life as an artist and comic.

Dubus shifts seamlessly between verse and stand-up, all the while maintaining a genuine connection with the audience, and thrills us with his social commentary, wordplay, red-pen tales, and homonym gags.

Interwoven with elegant callbacks, this show culminates in a true story that takes us all by surprise.

If you’ve ever thought spoken word poetry had no place in comedy, Alexis Dubus is about to prove you wrong.

Witticisms, wry expressions, wordsmithery, and wisdom come together in this performance to entertain us in manner that is truly unique.

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Review by Jasmine Seabrook-Benson on 21 Feb 2018

Jasmin Seabrook-Benson is a freelance writer, editor, and poet. Her work has appeared in publications including The West Australian, Underground Writers, FringeFeed and Buzzcuts. She is also co-founder and editor of Gutter Culture. Jasmin goes by the abbreviation 'JSB' as a kindness to the average attention span.