23 Jun the Drama King speaks…
The top 5 Cape Town theatre attractions for the next week…
Who am I? Where am I going? Who am I going to become? These are classic coming-of-age questions where moving forward means embracing an unknown future. But do we want to know? Do we want to see? Sometimes one step requires a giant leap of Faith.
Showing until 25 June at the Kalk Bay Theatre. Tickets: R110. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: 073 220 5430
4. Vodacom Funny Festival
This year’s Vodacom Funny Fest is highly disappointing compared to past festivals. The comedians on offer this year are Alan Committie (MC), Constable Carl (GHFM’s drivetime sports anchor), Kalki Henenberg (from Oz), Miss Ro (Korea), Eugene Khoza (Jo’burg boy), Kev Orkian (UK), Shimmy Isaacs (Worcester’s claim to fame), Full House (Switzerland), and The boy with tape on his face (New Zealand).
Showing until 10 July at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R130. Shows start at 8pm. Book: Computicket
3. Love, Loss and What I Wore
This hilarious piece is something for the ladies (…and for the men, too). It is an intimate collection of stories by siblings Nora Ephron (‘Sleepless in Seattle’, ‘When Harry Met Sally’, and more recently ‘Julie and Julia’) and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman, which examines how a woman’s wardrobe serves as the way she remembers her life.
Showing until 2 July at the Theatre On The Bay. Tickets: R80 – R150. Shows start at 8pm/3pm. Book: Computicket
2. Zabalaza Theatre Festival
The 2011 Zabalaza Festival is at the forefront of community theatre development. It was kickstarted with two mini-festivals on 2 and 3 April, in which 20 plays, shortlisted from many more applications, were staged in Nyanga East and Khayelitsha. From these, the 12 were selected to take part in the main festival, which will take place in the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio. Read my review here.
Showing 10 – 25 June at the Baxter Theatre Centre. Tickets: R25. Book: Computicket
..and for the Number 1 must see this week…
1. Klaas Struggle
Tracy Klass, a middle-aged woman like many others, wages her own Klass Struggle. Petrol is over R10 a litre, electricity is rising at the rate of 20% per annum, service delivery is down, whilst school fees, food prices and her dress size are up, but we still need to feed a family on last year’s income! As a parent Tracy deals with school – then and now – mondelinge (nothing has changed!), “trappe van vergelyking”, school lunches in a nut free environment, PTA meetings – to be avoided like the plague, school sports days, run-ins with sports coaches, OT, IT and OBE and the scourge of modern education – projects! Directed by Riaad Moosa, this comedy piece is not to be missed.
Showing until 28 June at On Broadway. Tickets: R85. Shows start at 8.30pm. Book: Computicket
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