A trip to the theatre…

A trip to the theatre…

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Gone are the days when theatre shows were all about getting dressed to the nines and rubbing shoulders with the elite. Modern shows are relaxed, vibey, fun and accessible to everyone. From improvised comedy to musical tributes, below are a few performances you might want to watch for a good night out.

Wayne Brady – Making it up
Funnyman Wayne Brady is returning to South Africa for shows that will feature stand-up, singing, dancing and improvised mayhem! He will be backed by a three-piece band and a chorus of talented dancers. The star of shows such as Whose line is it anyway? has appeared in countless shows and even appeared in a segment in WWE Wrestling.

Date: Thursday, 13th to Saturday, 15th May 2010
Venue: Big Top Arena, Carnival City Casino, Brakpan
Cost: From R150
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Andre the Hypnotist
Prepare to be mesmerized as Andre the Hypnotist transforms a few of willing participants into a group of hysterically funny entertainers. It’s a laugh a minute show you won’t want to miss.

Date: Thursday – Sunday until 13th June 2010
Venue: Studio Theatre, Montecasino, Fourways
Cost: R95
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Mile High with Cathy Specific
South Africa`s favourite flight attendant takes to the skies and takes you on a behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous, or not-so-glamorous life of a trolley dolley. A world where the good ones are given a telephone number and the naughty ones are shown the exit. It`s stand-up comedy meets musical revue in what can only be described as a camp cabaret musical comedy.

Date: Until Saturday, 29th May 2010
Venue: The Fringe At Joburg Theatre
Cost: R135
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Jen Tile: Straight out of Norwood
Facebook and Twitter have certainly changed the way in which the Average Josephine like you or I can keep up to speed with what is happening in the lives of our favourite celebs. While the star struck might feel special by being on Lindsay Lowlife, er, Lohan’s, list of 5250 “friends” on Facebook, I am beginning to think maybe a direct line to the stars is not such a good thing.

I decided to follow MC Hammer on Twitter. Not my proudest moment, I admit, but I wondered if he was still performing or if he was flipping burger patties at some diner in a bad part of town. Big mistake. It turns out the Hammer Man Tweets at every opportunity, and anyone who follows him gets to read about what he had for breakfast, what book he is reading and other things so mundane that watching televised golf seems exciting by comparison. You know it’s bad when you would rather choose fat, badly dressed men swinging clubs for hours on end over the Tweets of a has-been rapper.

Social networking also brings out the stalker in you. In my day if you wanted to follow a celeb you needed dark glasses, a hat to cover your face and an escape route in case you were spotted. Now all you need is an internet connection and willingness to ignore your moral code (something I can easily do).

I went through a bad phase. I would be up late at night, coffee in hand, scouring Facebook pages and Twitter feeds, looking up celebs, seeing who their friends or followers are, then stalking them too. It’s much more comfortable than sitting in a parked car for hours on end waiting for a glimpse of the object of your obsession as he leaves his house……or so I’m told.

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