The Joburg team has rounded up a few productions that will be taking place throughout April. Some are tear jerkers, some are laugh-a-minute, some are thought provoking and some are down right silly!
Bernard, a successful architect in Paris, thinks he can easily cope with his three fiancées but when Bernard’s cousin arrives things start to get turbulent. Chaos ensues in this whirl of mayhem and matchmaking.
Date: Until Sunday, 2nd May 2010
Theatre: Monte Casino, Fourways
This South African version of the story sees Shaleen Surtie-Richards playing the lead role. Shirley Valentyn one day realises that she wants to do more with her life than be a housewife. She decides it’s time to find the outgoing, fun and daring person she used to be and sets off on a voyage of self discovery.
Date: Until Wednesday, 28th April 2010
Theatre: Brooklyn Theatre, Pretoria
Dinner for One
A slapstick comedy that takes place in an old English mansion where the last remaining member of the family, Miss Sophie, is celebrating her 90th birthday. This cult classic is a comedy sketch written for theatre in the 1920`s. A German television station recorded a live performance in 1963 and this comical play subsequently went on to become the most frequently repeated TV programmes ever. After the 30 minute interval, the audience can delight in “Dinner For One Too”, a South African spoof on the original script.
Date: Until Saturday, 17th April 2010
Theatre: Mardi Gras Theatre, Carnival City, Brakpan
Cost: From R80
Die Vagina Monoloe
The internationally acclaimed Vagina Monologues has been translated into Afrikaans and discusses issues that affect South African women. From childbirth and love to the horrors of rape, the play is one that women from all walks of life will be able to identify with.
Date: From Tuesday, 27th to Friday, 30th April 2010
Theatre: Lion’s Club, Pretoria
Cost: From R75
Bookings for all of the above productions can be made through Computicket. Follow the links alongside.
Jen Tile: Straight out of Norwood
The Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunsfees has been taking place in Oudtshoorn this week and it seems that it is a rather scandalous affair. A report on News24 claimed that prostitutes, or “self-appointed gratification dispensers” as MAD Magazine calls them, make mounds of cash as festival goers like to… er…let of a little steam.
What is it about human beings that at large gatherings they feel the need to do the horizontal lambada? I can’t even use the clichéd “that would never have happened in my day” speech because truth be told, it did. In fact, the only large gathering where people don’t go with the aim of meeting a mate is polling stations during elections, but that is possibly because they know they are going to get screwed anyway.
It turns out that ladies of the night work day and night at the KKNK (one of those K’s must stand for “kinky”) and can make between R4 000 and R6 000 a night during the nine days of the festival.
With the World Cup many businesses are upping their rates to extort money from visitors. Ironically, they could learn a thing or two about fair play from KKNK’s working girls. The report also states that regulars don’t get charged festival rates. Brothels raise prices for the influx of visitors but don’t take advantage of the locals who have been supporting their industry all along.
Who would have thought that in an industry where the idea is to nail customers they would teach us a thing or two about fair play?