There’s a wonderful moment in Spoof Full of Sugar where Ntsepa Pitjeng looks down at her dauntingly large chest and bursts into song, enlivening a boringly familiar tune by rechristening it “Mammories”.
As the former idols finalist grabs various bits of her body and bewails the passage of time, the audience is grabbing its collective bellies and shrieking with laughter.
It’s one of the highlights in a beautifully witty and bitingly satirical musical that takes the mickey out of the luvvies and darhlinks of the local showbiz scene.
Malcolm Terrey has written a hugely entertaining script that features numerous short sketches, all with a popular song at their core. The tune remains the same but the words are sharp, incisive and often downright rude, making some dull old tunes far more fun than they ever were in their original format.
The four actors mimicking a variety of characters all class as mini-celebs in their own right, but hopefully after so much lampooning of their peers they’ll never become as vacuous as the characters they portray.
It would probably help to be a TV addict, since many of the sketches are based on TV shows. But it really isn’t important, since the script hangs together well even if you’re not sure exactly who it is you’re laughing at.
It’s riddled with sexy innuendos and a little in-your-face raunchiness, but always funny rather than too risqué.
Pitjeng is joined on stage by Brandon Auret, Dianne Simpson and Pieter Bosch Botha, and the four work together superbly. They’re each equally funny and professional, and it’s impossible to pick out a favourite as they take it in turns to shine.
The music is all provided by pianist Dawid Boverhoff, and so well presented that you never even notice the lack of a full-scale band.
A loose plot involves the mysterious death of a very average actress, which lets Terrey work in various elements including a hilarious scene of a busy-doing-nothing police investigation.
Other memorable moments are a witty reworking of Mr Cellophane and a face-off between a Barry Ronge and a Gwen Gill character, verbally jousting in “Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better”.
The script rattles along at a merry pace with numerous costume and character changes. Best of all the re-written song lyrics are uniformly strong, so keep your ears well attuned to catch all the razor sharp barbs.
Spoof Full Of Sugar runs at Sandton’s Theatre On The Square until December 31. For further information follow the links alongside.