I recently had the pleasure of chatting with playwright and performer Dave Droxler about his upcoming play ‘Robin & Me: My Little Spark of Madness.’ If you’re a fan of the late, great Robin Williams, then this show is an absolute must-see. It opens in Theatre 4 at Theatre Row on April 15th and runs through May 14th, 2023, and is produced by the incredible Abingdon Theatre Company.
Dave’s new play is inspired by the comedic antics of the one and only Robin Williams, and it’s safe to say that Dave has inherited some of Robin’s signature energy and charm.
As we delved into the details of the show, Dave explained that ‘Robin & Me’ is not just a tribute to the legendary comedian but a reflection of Dave’s own path to his current work and career. “There were so many moments in my life that I realized I was unknowingly following in Robin’s footsteps.”
When I asked Dave about his favorite Robin Williams movie, he couldn’t choose just one. “Oh man, that’s tough. I mean, ‘Good Morning, Vietnam‘ is a classic, but ‘Dead Poets Society‘ is so poignant, and ‘Mrs. Doubtfire‘ is just hilarious. And don’t even get me started on ‘Aladdin’ – he was the perfect Genie!” It’s clear that Dave is a true fan, and his passion for Robin’s work shines through in ‘Robin & Me.’
I couldn’t resist asking Dave about his own comedic style, and he was happy to oblige. “I like to think of myself as a mix between Robin Williams and Jim Carrey,” he said with a grin. “I love physical comedy, but I also like to go deep and explore the darker side of humor. I think that’s what sets ‘Robin & Me’ apart – it’s not just a bunch of jokes, it’s a real exploration of what it means to be a comedian.”