South Africa Theater Reviews
 


BWW Review: IN WHOREFISH BLOOMERS Has the Potential to Be the Battle Cry it Sets Out to Be BWW Review: IN WHOREFISH BLOOMERS Has the Potential to Be the Battle Cry it Sets Out to Be
by David Fick - July 18, 2017

Imagine a late-night German television programme like MANN, SIEBER! filtered through the pop culture aesthetic of an American variety show like SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and you might know what to expect from IN WHOREFISH BLOOMERS: THE WAITRESSES' LAMENT, which is more a 'kabarett' than what South Africa... (more...)
BWW Review: Derivative Meme-style Show THINGPHONY Needs a Directorial Hand BWW Review: Derivative Meme-style Show THINGPHONY Needs a Directorial Hand
by David Fick - July 07, 2017

THINGPHONY takes as its theme the philosophical question of whether order is intrinsic in the universe, or whether it is human beings that give order to the phenomena they experience. Performer Philip Southey discusses a wide array of topics in the show, including colour, physics, music and sex.... (more...)
BWW Review: Aimée Goldsmith the Heart of Passionate War Drama CHEERS TO SARAJEVO BWW Review: Aimée Goldsmith the Heart of Passionate War Drama CHEERS TO SARAJEVO
by David Fick - July 05, 2017

For as long as prejudice exists in the world, people will tell stories of star-crossed lovers. The plot of CHEERS TO SARAJEVO places a Serbian Romeo opposite a Bosnian Juliet, but this iteration of the archetypal story makes them live through the conflict in which they find themselves.... (more...)
BWW Review: Thunder Rumbles in Paul Slabolepszy's SUDDENLY THE STORM at the Baxter Theatre BWW Review: Thunder Rumbles in Paul Slabolepszy's SUDDENLY THE STORM at the Baxter Theatre
by David Fick - July 02, 2017

The Market Theatre production of Paul Slabolepszy's SUDDENLY THE STORM is currently in the middle of its Cape Town season at the Baxter Theatre. Having opened just two days after the Naledi Theatre Awards presented the play and its production with three awards, SUDDENLY THE STORM arrived in Cape Tow... (more...)
BWW Review: Viljoen Places Observers and the Media In Camera in Philosophical THE EULOGISTS at The Fugard BWW Review: Viljoen Places Observers and the Media In Camera in Philosophical THE EULOGISTS at The Fugard
by David Fick - June 07, 2017

People often forget is that hubris walks hand-in-hand with nemesis, and Louis Viljoen shines a spotlight on this particularly damning walk of shame in his latest play, THE EULOGISTS, which features a top-notch performance by Emily Child.... (more...)
BWW Review: CATHY AND THE TROLLEY DOLLIES a Blast for Both Frequent Flyers and First-Timers at Gate69 BWW Review: CATHY AND THE TROLLEY DOLLIES a Blast for Both Frequent Flyers and First-Timers at Gate69
by David Fick - May 20, 2017

There is something indescribable about returning to Gate69, the glitzy dinner theatre venue that opened less than a year ago in central Cape Town. It is that ineffable feeling of coming home, of belonging. CATHY AND THE TROLLEY DOLLIES, one of the venue's current offerings, is a blast for everyone -... (more...)
BWW Review: Beautifully profound, HEMELRUIM is a Soul-stirring Journey through the Heavens and Humanity BWW Review: Beautifully profound, HEMELRUIM is a Soul-stirring Journey through the Heavens and Humanity
by David Fick - May 01, 2017

HEMELRUIM is a deeply personal and moving piece of theatre. The Afrikaans translation of Nick Payne's CONSTELLATIONS, created through the theatrical mastery of Nico Scheepers, is performed by Tinarie van Wyk Loots and Paul du Toit.... (more...)
BWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier Times BWW Review: The Fugard's FUNNY GIRL - with Ashleigh Harvey as a Powerhouse Fanny Brice - a Valentine to Gentler and Jollier Times
by David Fick - April 29, 2017

The Fugard's first new musical production of 2017 puts FUNNY GIRL on South African stages, and the results are delightful - with a powerhouse performance from Ashleigh Harvey as Fanny Brice, the stage, radio and film personality around whom everyone and everything in the show revolves.... (more...)
BWW Review: Steyn, Hopkins and Rebelo Riveting in Howard Barker's Fascinating SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION BWW Review: Steyn, Hopkins and Rebelo Riveting in Howard Barker's Fascinating SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION
by David Fick - April 10, 2017

Although it is about the process of creating art, SCENES FROM AN EXECUTION will appeal to audiences wider that those with direct links to the arts. We all love a good intrigue, and we all love a good behind-the-scenes expose.... (more...)
BWW Review: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and Compassion BWW Review: Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT Filled with Humanity and Compassion
by David Fick - March 28, 2017

There is an almost overwhelming sense of humanity in Lebogang Mogashoa's THE REAL DIRT, which is currently enjoying a week-long season at the Alexander Bar's cosy Upstairs Theatre. David Fick reviews the show, which he says is proof that theatre can heal what many other things cannot.... (more...)
BWW Review: This RENT is Spent, and Passion is Not Enough to Pay the Piper at the Artscape Arena BWW Review: This RENT is Spent, and Passion is Not Enough to Pay the Piper at the Artscape Arena
by David Fick - February 22, 2017

David Fick reviews The Stephan Fourie Theatre Company production of RENT at the Artscape Arena, a production filled with passion - but which leaves a great deal to be desired. SPOILER ALERT: There is a spoiler about the plot of RENT in the first paragraph of this review.... (more...)
BWW Review: Pinteresque THE MOTHER an Utterly Arresting Ordeal on The Fugard Studio Stage BWW Review: Pinteresque THE MOTHER an Utterly Arresting Ordeal on The Fugard Studio Stage
by David Fick - February 12, 2017

Following the South African premiere of Florian Zeller's THE FATHER last year, the same playwright's companion piece, THE MOTHER, made its bow last week at The Fugard Studio. David Fick reviews.... (more...)
BWW Review: Return Season of BAD JEWS at The Fugard a Timely Warning of the Dangers of a Post-Truth Society BWW Review: Return Season of BAD JEWS at The Fugard a Timely Warning of the Dangers of a Post-Truth Society
by David Fick - December 19, 2016

This return season of BAD JEWS comes hot on the heels of the announcement of "post-truth" as Oxford's word of the year, giving audiences a moment to pause and reflect on the way we handle our lives in a post-truth society and us to consider what we destroy in our quest to be right.... (more...)
BWW Review: OH BABY, I'M A WILD ONE Offers a Deeply Cynical View of Contemporary Morality at the Alexander Upstairs BWW Review: OH BABY, I'M A WILD ONE Offers a Deeply Cynical View of Contemporary Morality at the Alexander Upstairs
by David Fick - December 14, 2016

Louis Viljoen's OH BABY, I'M A WILD ONE is a character study of a first-year teacher trying to sift through the psychological debris that a confluence of key events has bulldozed into her life. It is theatre that offers some food for thought about how society constructs morality and how individuals ... (more...)
BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH a Perfect Opener for Mother City's Stylish Gate69 BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH a Perfect Opener for Mother City's Stylish Gate69
by David Fick - October 17, 2016

HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Gate69 not only celebrates its queerness but also reminds us that we have our own Hedwigs to celebrate and our own Berlin Walls to conquer. It is the perfect choice to open this stylish new venue in the Mother City.... (more...)
BWW Review: THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER – and There is Sweet Love and Comic Domesticity on the Menu BWW Review: THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER – and There is Sweet Love and Comic Domesticity on the Menu
by David Fick - October 10, 2016

Richard Kaplan's debut as a produced playwright with THE FINKELSTEINS ARE COMING FOR DINNER offers an evening of solid entertainment. For its pivotal love scene alone, it is worth going to see what is being cooked up for the Finkelsteins' visit.... (more...)
BWW Review: Mamela Nyamza's DE-APART-HATE is First Rate Dance Theatre from a Visionary Artist BWW Review: Mamela Nyamza's DE-APART-HATE is First Rate Dance Theatre from a Visionary Artist
by David Fick - October 08, 2016

DE-APART-HATE will mean a lot to everyone who is trying to engage with what is going on in our country at the moment. Because the mystery of what will rise once what must fall has fallen, what lies beyond decolonisation is what is at the heart of this piece, and Nyamza's recognition of that makes he... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful HOLY CONTRACT Reminds Us That We Can Stop, Even as It Encourages Us to Go BWW Review: Powerful HOLY CONTRACT Reminds Us That We Can Stop, Even as It Encourages Us to Go
by David Fick - October 08, 2016

HOLY CONTRACT ends with a brief but powerful statement that compels us to reflect on our personal, social, political or artistic narratives. Sometimes it is essential to remember that we can stop, be present and decide whether we want to swim upstream or not, and HOLY CONTRACT is a potent reminder o... (more...)
BWW Review: Powerful Choreopoem SONGS FOR KHWEZI is Theatre That Can Disrupt and Heal BWW Review: Powerful Choreopoem SONGS FOR KHWEZI is Theatre That Can Disrupt and Heal
by David Fick - October 07, 2016

SONGS FOR KHWEZI is theatre that one hopes to see grow in its reach. It is theatre that says important things in an original way. It is theatre that speaks truths that women know and that men need to hear. It is theatre that can disrupt. It is theatre that can heal.... (more...)
BWW Review: Will the Real WOZA ALBERT! Please Stand Up? BWW Review: Will the Real WOZA ALBERT! Please Stand Up?
by David Fick - October 07, 2016

WOZA ALBERT! remains an incredibly powerful play. That it can withstand mediocre productions and still, more or less, manage to resonate with an audience is a testament to what Ngema, Mtwa and Simon achieved 35 years ago. When the real WOZA ALBERT! stands up, it takes no prisoners. It is a play that... (more...)
BWW Review: Energetic Performances from Zondi and Nzimande Make TERMITE a Romp for the Tween Set BWW Review: Energetic Performances from Zondi and Nzimande Make TERMITE a Romp for the Tween Set
by David Fick - October 06, 2016

TERMITE! TALL TALES FOR BIG PEOPLE is a dynamic performance piece in which two actors tell a trio contemporary tales that blend izinganekwane with physical theatre . Mentioning 'big people' in the title is a super tactic to attract the 'tween' audience to which this production will appeal most, alth... (more...)
BWW Review: LA RÊVE DU LUCIE a Highlight for Young Audiences at the Cape Town Fringe BWW Review: LA RÊVE DU LUCIE a Highlight for Young Audiences at the Cape Town Fringe
by David Fick - October 05, 2016

LA RÊVE DU LUCIE brings children and their guardians together like few theatre pieces for young audiences manage to do. The play is a gentle and tender story about the power of our imaginations in helping us overcome our greatest challenges.... (more...)
BWW Review: Louis Viljoen's DANGLED with Rob van Vuuren Offers Genius in Action at the Cape Town Fringe BWW Review: Louis Viljoen's DANGLED with Rob van Vuuren Offers Genius in Action at the Cape Town Fringe
by David Fick - October 04, 2016

It is quite remarkable when contemporary theatre-makers succeed in taking on a classic work and reinventing it so that it resonates within the context of our particular space and time. DANGLED is theatrical savant Louis Viljoen's adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Diary of a Madman', w... (more...)
BWW Review: Brisk Business at Cape Town Fringe Will Ensure That THE GRUFFALO Franchise Continues to Grow BWW Review: Brisk Business at Cape Town Fringe Will Ensure That THE GRUFFALO Franchise Continues to Grow
by David Fick - October 04, 2016

THE GRUFFALO seems to have done brisk business at the Cape Town Fringe and is sure to have a life on South African stages beyond this initial engagement, with an isiXhosa version already lined up for next year. It will be fascinating to see how this process of translation plays out as the next entry... (more...)
BWW Review: A Play About Failure, DEATH OF A CLOWN Has the Makings of a Successful Web Series BWW Review: A Play About Failure, DEATH OF A CLOWN Has the Makings of a Successful Web Series
by David Fick - October 02, 2016

The way that Ryan Napier tells the story of DEATH OF A CLOWN, through a solo live performance piece, prompts the question of whether this format and medium is the best way to tell this story, and the stalemate it reaches as an extended theatrical presentation is wrapped up in the answer.... (more...)