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The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…

5. Mass Appeal
Mass Appeal is the story of a clash of ideology and personality between an older entrenched priest, Father Farley, who accommodates to survive, and a scorching young seminarian, Mark Dolson, who attacks to force salvation. Each in his own way uses his relationship to the congregation to heal personal scars.
Showing until 21 May at the Theatre on the Bay. Tickets: R100 – R150. Shows start at 8pm/5pm. Book: Computicket.

4. Hot Cross Nuns
South Africa’s award-winning a cappella group Not the Midnight Mass is back! The group has a new and exciting line up: stalwarts Graham and Christine Weir are once again joined by Cape Town’s most popular jazz diva, Amanda Tiffin, as well as award-winning actress Anthea Thompson and funny man Donal Slemon. Singing like angels but with a devilish wit, they have been hailed both nationally and internationally for their unique blend of harmonies, humour and original writing.
Showing until 4 June at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R110 – R130. Shows start at 8.15pm. Book: Computicket.

3. David Kramer’s Breyani
Owing to public demand, David Kramer’s Breyani returns to the Baxter Theatre for 10 performances only. David Kramer highlights the musical ingredients of rhythm, instrumentation, vocal styling and language that combine to create music that is unmistakably and uniquely from the Cape.
Showing until 29 May at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R90 – R135. Shows start at 8pm/4pm. Book: Computicket.

2. Jesus Christ Superstar
In 2006 Pieter Toerien produced a box office sell out, and highly acclaimed production of Jesus Christ Superstar. It went on to tour to Athens, Greece and was also redesigned for an arena production in Seoul, South Korea. This spectacular dramatised version, of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, will see Cito (from Wonderboom) reprising his role of Jesus of Nazareth and South African singing sensation Nádine as Mary Magdalene.
Showing until 28 May at the Artscape Opera House. Tickets: R115 – R365. Shows start at 8pm/3pm. Book: Computicket.

..and for the Number 1 must see this week…

1. Mark Palmer’s iCONFUSED
In a world of ‘smart phones’, ‘SMART cars’ and now ‘smart shopping cards’ there seems to be a lot more confusion and a whole lot more ‘apps’ that claim to help us get through this confusion of every day life.  Stand-up comedian Mark Palmer, described by the press as “Clean, Classy and Clever – Argus Tonight” and “…self-deprecating and entertaining in the style of comic greats like Jerry Seinfeld –“, brings you iCONFUSED – his new one-man stand-up comedy show, that’ll show you that life is meant to be confusing and no amount of “apps” will change this.
Showing until 4 June at On Broadway. Tickets: R65. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket.

the Drama King Give-Away
Win one of five sets of double tickets to Mark Palmer’s hilarious new stand-up show, iCONFUSED, at On Broadway, next Wednesday, 25 May at 8pm. To enter, leave a comment below, with a short anecdote about how technology has caused a bit of confusion in your life. The funnier, the better. The people who post the funniest comments, be it fact, or fiction, will walk away winners! Competition closes at midnight on Monday, 23 May 2011. Good luck!

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  1. If technology is supposed to simplify our lives, in my case it is failing miserably. I am constantly bombarded with news, blogs, photos, videos, Twitter, emails, text messages, phone calls and so on and so on. Everything is vying for my attention. I spend my nights clearing my emails and tomorrow there are another 500 to read. A simple Google search gives me 6 trillion options……….I send my days baffled and confused……….always behind, trying to catch up with the next new thing…..the best thing one can do is LAUGH

  2. Technology. If your confused now, try a project a few years ahead………just a few years ago this is what people (in the know) were saying:

    “Who in their right mind would ever need more than 640k of ram!?” — Bill Gates, 1981

    “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” — Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

    “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” — Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

    “I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” — The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

    “But what … is it good for?” — Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

    “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” — Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

    Where are we headed????………..