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Lear’s Fool
12 Apr 17
It was a shame that the Alexander Bar Theatre was so empty last night, as ‘Lear’s Fool’, directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, was very well done. It’s a one-man show featuring Jeroen Kranenburg, based on William Shakespeare’s King Lear, which I had the pleasure of studying at High School. It’s a tragedy of the most tragic kind, and neither easy reading nor watching.
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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
11 Apr 17
To my shame, I hadn’t previously seen either the Oscar-winning film on which the musical ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ is based, or indeed the iconic musical in the London’s West End when I lived there. All I knew was that it featured drag queens, had a cult following, and audience members commonly arrived in fancy dress.
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Single Minded
05 Apr 17
Apparently the comedy sketch show ‘Single Minded’, currently playing at the Alexander Bar, was preceded by a cult-hit by the same writer and director (Jon Keevy) called ‘Dirty Words’. I’m told the humour is similar. It’s a two person performance, and both Kiroshan Naidoo and Kathleen Stephens are superb.
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The Long Shots Improv Comedy
05 Apr 17
For four nights, The Long Shots will perform improvisation comedy at the Alexander Bar. The troupe consists of a couple of English guys, an American woman, and a bunch of Saffers who’ve performed together since 2011 (consisting of Tamith Hattingh, Pags Bantwana, Eva Gilliam, Mark Penwill, Andre Ballot, Justine Buekes, Steve Larter, and Rob Coutts). It’s a big group for improv, but it works quite well – although inevitably some of the performers gel better than others.
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The PLOTHOLE
23 Feb 17
For two nights only, comedy duo Stuart Cairns and Westley Cockrell performed their show, THE PLOTHOLE (directed by Rob van Vuuren), at the Alexander Bar Theatre.
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Cathy and the Trolley Dollies
14 Feb 17
Cathy and the Trolley Dollies isn’t a show – it’s an entire aviation-themed sensory experience. I hadn’t heard of the newly renovated Gate 69 theatre and bar on Bree Street until my review, but I’ll certainly be back.
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Blurred Lines - Reviewed by Laura Davidson
14 Feb 17
Blink and you’ll miss it: Greg Gelb’s show, Blurred Lines, was on at the Alexander Bar for one night only.
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Mate - reviewed by Laura Davidson
07 Feb 17
This one-woman show about the trials and tribulations of dating in your thirties stars Alicia McCormick. The script (apparently based on real occurrences) was written by frustrated thirty-something singleton Samantha Gray. The theme must strike a chord in Cape Town, as the play was sold out the evening I attended.
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Fortyfied: Nik Rabinowitz
11 Jan 17
Nik Rabinovitz is back at the Baxter Theatre, with his unique brand of observational comedy.
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Transkaroo bring haar padkos!
04 Sep 16
Transkaroo bring haar padkos! Is Afrikaans for ‘Transkaroo bring her food for the road’. This is a play on words from the opening lyric of the South African hit television show of the eighties, named Transkaroo. *English translation: Transkaroo bring her home This hour-long series told stories of love, adventure and even diamond smuggling aboard the Transkaroo express train. The three lovable schoolboys who were the main characters; Vollie, Boeta and Braam, university students who spend their December holidays working as waiters on the train, provided much comedy relief to the show.
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