|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Fortyfied: Nik Rabinowitz |
11 Jan 17
Nik Rabinovitz is back at the Baxter Theatre, with his unique brand of observational comedy.
|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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