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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...)
BWW Review: Irrepressibly Zany POLICE COPS a Giddy Ride on Laughter-induced Endorphins BWW Review: Irrepressibly Zany POLICE COPS a Giddy Ride on Laughter-induced Endorphins
by David Fick - October 02, 2016

POLICE COPS is pastiche on a grand scale, taking the buddy cop genre, putting a self-aware spin on it and playing tropes that were once taken extremely seriously to the very edge of sheer lunacy. The results are hilarious, as though THE MOD SQUAD were taking on IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT in the WILD W... (more...)
BWW Review: WAIT Over-simplifies the Complex Dilemma of Access to Education for Girls and Young Women BWW Review: WAIT Over-simplifies the Complex Dilemma of Access to Education for Girls and Young Women
by David Fick - September 27, 2016

The discrimination against girls and young women when it comes to their education remains a pervasive issue in contemporary society. WAIT, currently playing at the Cape Town Fringe, focuses on just two of these: the priority of educating boys over girls and the marrying off of girls and young women ... (more...)
BWW Review: Epic ODYSSEUS FINN Offers Fire, Absolution and Transcendence at the Cape Town Fringe BWW Review: Epic ODYSSEUS FINN Offers Fire, Absolution and Transcendence at the Cape Town Fringe
by David Fick - September 25, 2016

Odysseus Finn is epic. An hour with band members David van Witt, Michael McQuilken and Peterre Bourgeoise offers fire, absolution and transcendence. This is one of the highlights of the 2016 Cape Town Fringe.... (more...)
BWW Review: WOZA SARAFINA! at Cape Town Fringe a Disruption that Needs to Erupt BWW Review: WOZA SARAFINA! at Cape Town Fringe a Disruption that Needs to Erupt
by David Fick - September 25, 2016

Writer-director Koleka Putuma's assemblage of ideas and motifs in WOZA SARAFINA! is constructed within the context of the #RhodesMustFall movement and is informed by the ideologies that underpin that movement. While it speaks many truths, the play never finds a way to deliver more than just "the fee... (more...)
BWW Review: Quirky MACHINE MAKES MAN Extends Tradition of Science Fiction on Stage at Cape Town Fringe BWW Review: Quirky MACHINE MAKES MAN Extends Tradition of Science Fiction on Stage at Cape Town Fringe
by David Fick - September 23, 2016

Dealing with the concepts of technological singularity and transhumanism, Adina and Michael Verson-McQuilken's MACHINE MAKES MAN navigates its way through the traditions of science fiction, ultimately emerging as a poignant reflection on the nature of humanity, with some broadly comic entertainment ... (more...)
BWW Review: The Fugard's CLYBOURNE PARK a 'Woke' Look at White Privilege and Gentrification BWW Review: The Fugard's CLYBOURNE PARK a 'Woke' Look at White Privilege and Gentrification
by David Fick - September 19, 2016

The Fugard Theatre's production of CLYBOURNE PARK arrives at a time when South Africa is caught up in Archibald MacLeish's idea of 'the play without the play,' a world in which the gentrification trend and the problems caused by white privilege denialism intersect.... (more...)
BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor BWW Review: Elza van den Heever Thrills in Her 'Date' with Beethoven's FIDELIO at Caramoor
by Richard Sasanow - August 04, 2016

South African soprano Elza van den Heever has long had a 'date' with Beethoven's Leonore, in his only completed opera FIDELIO. It wasn't exactly a blind date—she has known for years that, eventually, she would take it on, she told me—but it was a roaring success in her role debut, at the Venetian T... (more...)
BWW Review: I LOVE YOU: You're Privileged, Now Change BWW Review: I LOVE YOU: You're Privileged, Now Change
by David Fick - July 30, 2016

There is a meme making the rounds on Facebook at the moment. Above an image of the cast of the television series, FRIENDS, a caption reads: 'This documentary of White Privilege is kinda long and hard to watch, but DAMN. Really lays it all out there.' This revival of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW C... (more...)
BWW Review: ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED Delivers on its Promise to Be Daring, Dirty and Delicious BWW Review: ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED Delivers on its Promise to Be Daring, Dirty and Delicious
by David Fick - July 30, 2016

ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED is a revival of a successful cabaret first devised by Fiona du Plooy - who directs this reboot - and Candice D'Arcy in 2007. Daneel van der Walt and Alicia McCormick saddle up for a wild ride through a series of original songs, covers and parodies, some crazy banter and... (more...)
BWW Review: NIQABI NINJA an Essential Commentary on Sexual Harassment at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre BWW Review: NIQABI NINJA an Essential Commentary on Sexual Harassment at Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre
by David Fick - July 22, 2016

Theatre can bring people to the threshold of revelation; theatre can also engender revolution. NIQABI NINJA achieves the former, but its limited theatricality presents it from going further. Its essential commentary outlined, NIQABI NINJA needs now to amplify, unapologetically, what it has to say.... (more...)