Theatre Scene News

13 Feb 2020

Dour is the theatregoer who can resist chuckling more or less continuously at the proceedings of Mel Brooks’ characters as they mount a grotesque musical with the sole object of producing what the current generation would term “an epic fail”. Its title says it all: Spr...

19 Dec 2019

Like a master chef using many and diverse ingredients to serve up a toothsome feast, comedian Alan Committie draws on a bewildering variety of topics, artfully blended by some very tenuous links, to keep his audience chuckling throughout the duration of his latest show...

Sensitive direction is applied to enviable talent in this one-hander, which explores the times and mind of that controversial genius, Nijinsky.

Director Lara Bye, who co-wrote the work with Godfrey Johnson and Karen Jeynes, has not deviated significantly from her previo...

26 Oct 2019

Posters advertising Mark Banks ON ICE give a misleading idea of what to expect: when the comedian appears on stage, an alert audience is immediately aware of two things. First, there is not so much as an ice cube in sight, let alone a skating rink. Second, instead of t...

20 Oct 2019

Shakespearean tragedy is plausibly transplanted into the sinister gangland of Mitchells’ Plain in this dark musicalm Danger in the Dark, reworked with skill and sensitivity by David Kramer, adding to its relevance in the context of contemporary South African society. T...

10 Oct 2019

When the crème de la crème of Cape Town’s theatre-makers join forces to present new work, the result is predictably stimulating, a tad disconcerting, and highly entertaining. One director, two actors and four dramatists between them confirm not for the first time that...

25 Sep 2019

Any director broaching a production of Athol Fugard’s Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act would be tempted to make the work a period piece, using it as an indictment of apartheid and setting it firmly in the mid-1960s. Not so Greg Karvellas, whose insig...

11 Sep 2019

A magnificent script, sensitively interpreted, makes this production of Nocturne a noteworthy experience for theatre-lovers. It is a directorial début for Emily Child, who has to meet the challenge of using a 70-minute, relatively static monologue, to engage and hold a...

30 Aug 2019

Just when it seems that damp tissues and tremulous obituaries are in order with the demise of the iconic Evita Bezuidenhout, an abrupt change of tone and mood brings us back to reality as Pieter-Dirk Uys exchanges the breathy reverence of Sir David Attenborough’s funer...

23 Jul 2019

With his signature blend of obscenity, acerbic wit and penetrating socio-political comment, Louis Viljoen has again created a blistering masterpiece, and this time the theme is broadened to include psychological drama – further intellectual fodder for the audience.

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