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Kafka’s Ape
21 Mar 17
I hadn’t realised that the play ‘Kafka’s Ape’, currently showing at the Alexander Bar, was in fact an adaptation of a short story by Franz Kafka called ‘A Report To An Academy’. The production, adapted and directed by Phala O. Phala, won a Silver Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival in 2015. Theatre at the Alexander is rarely mainstream and always a surprise. This play was no exception. Tony Bonani Miyambo plays an ape, Red Peter, captured on a hunt in West Africa. It finds itself crammed into a small cage on a ship. Years later, the ape gives a speech to an academy - to us, the audience - about his experiences and his ‘evolution’ into an almost-human.
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Marat / Sade
14 Mar 17
"The Persecution and Assassination of Marat" as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade’, more widely known as, Marat/Sade, is currently on at the Baxter.
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Improguise’s 5th Annual Improv festival
12 Mar 17
For six nights, ImproGuise, billed as Cape Town’s oldest award winning improvisation troupe returns to the Alexander Bar.
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Chapter 2 Section 9
07 Mar 17
Chapter 2 Section 9 premiered at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2016, winning an Ovation Award. Racism is a common theme in South African theatre, the legacy of apartheid still raw and throbbing. However, this play looks at another aspect of hatred.
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Bash
28 Feb 17
Bash, a trio of three separate scenes featuring four different characters, is not for the faint-hearted. It’s an exceptionally dark and disturbing psychological examination featuring four different characters. Directed by Tara Notcutt, I was surprised to discover that it was written as long ago as 1999 by Neil LaBute, and has been produced worldwide. The play features violence, child abuse and homophobia. Images of sleep and the sea resurface a few times, perhaps as metaphors for the need to escape, to forget. Did the play strike a global chord? If so, why?
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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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The Mother
16 Feb 17
The quality of acting at the Fugard Theatre is always excellent – and so it was with The Mother (translated to English by Christopher Hampton, and directed by Janice Honeyman). The play is brilliantly scripted by French playwright Florian Zeller.
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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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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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