Following the sensational world premiere in Cape Town earlier this year, the journey of this new South African play written and directed by Daniel Dercksen and featuring pow-wow performances by Rowan Studti, Wojtek Lipinski and Andre Lombard, the journey continues with a tour to the Fringe at the Joburg Theatre.
The lives of three men unite on a heartbreaking journey that is filled with pathos, humour and candid revelations in The Beauty of Incomplete Things, a new South African play for discerning theatergoers.
In The Beauty of Incomplete Things, Tommy (Rowan Studti), a studly trophy masseur becomes a pawn between two conflicted lovers, David (Wojtek Lipinski), a flamboyant and dramatic diva-worshipper, and Steve (Andre Lombard) a renowned actor. When David sneaks Tommy off to his cabin in the middle of the woods for his birthday weekend, David’s intimate and heated birthday celebration is interrupted when Steve gatecrashes his fantasy.
Fantasy and reality collide head-on in their brutal quest to find happiness. The truth surfaces and strips them bare, ultimately setting them free and releasing them from their humanity. On an emotional journey of love, wrath and redemption, three rivals discover that there lies beauty in incomplete things.
“As an audience, Dercksen challenges us to observe the traumas of intimacy, both physical and emotional. To push open the barriers of our mind and how we perceive love, identity,As the play progresses, Dercksen's characters expand from 2D to multifaceted, complex beings. The blurred lines between friendship, attraction, power and love are sensitively explored through the contorting relationships between the three men. It has soul. Pain, confusion, infatuation and rage pulse through the air with tangible force. " Ella Grimwade, Mahala.
“Old wounds are ripped open and profound secrets are shared in Daniel Dercksen’s The Beauty of Incomplete Things. Set in a remote forest cabin, the play sees the lives of three men irreversibly entwine over the course of one fateful weekend. Through candour and insight, the production investigates what happens when escorts and their clients mix business with pleasure,as well as what happens when our dreams become bigger than our reality. Under Dercksen’s direction, all three actors deliver multifaceted performances. No character has one layer alone and watching each piece of skin being stripped away until only their fragile selves remain makes for captivating theatre.” Steyn du Toit, Sunday Independent.