|3 Tons of Fun |
24 Apr 17
I was tipped off that 3 Tons of Fun were exactly that, and so I was looking forward to reviewing the show at the Alexander Bar on Friday night.
20 Apr 17
This production of Molière’s classic social satire Tartuffe by the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company is a coup.
|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.
|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.
|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 Real Dirt |
31 Mar 17
‘The Real Dirt’ is a one-man show at the Alexander Bar Theatre all this week. Lebogang Mogashoa, based in Johannesburg, writes for both TV and theatre. The show is essentially a potted autobiography, interspersed with cups of tea and some self-indulgent snatched music (the meaningful songs of his life – such as Aretha Franklin and a blast of K-pop).
|‘The Triple M Mammmas Kurk About AzaNya!’ |
31 Mar 17
The Triple M Mammmas Kurk About AzaNya! is a sketch comedy show at the Alexander Bar, written and performed by the award-winning comedy troupe THENX.
|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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