What’s On in Gauteng: April 13-21
Jennifer de Klerk
Jennifer de Klerk: This is the last weekend to catch some great shows, starting with The African Passion, the opera-rock musical at the Joburg Theatre.
The show moved over from the Soweto Theatre on Thursday; there are two shows today and one tomorrow, then it goes to Mafikeng and back to Durban. This lively re-telling of the Gospel story with full cast, choir and specially written music has been acclaimed in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.
The classic drama Sophiatown is still at the Space.com at the Joburg Theatre, but ends tomorrow. So does the apartheid drama Cadre at the Market Theatre, and the two farces at Montecasino, Don’t Dress for Dinner and Without a Hitch.
Johnny Clegg is at the Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef City tonight, fresh from his sell-out show at the Royal Albert Hall in London and at tonight at 8pm the Duo de Salzburg, from Austria, are playing at the Linder Auditorium in the Johannesburg Musical Society season.
At the Teatro the international musical Jersey Boys is off to a fine start. On Tuesday A Handful of Keys returns to Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre with Ian von Memerty – one of the originals – teaming up with Jonathan Roxmouth for a two-hour orgy on the piano keys.
At the Theatre on the Square the bitter-sweet drama Curl Up and Dye has another week to go and so does the quirky The Epicene Butcher and Other Stories for Consenting Adults at the Market.
At the University of Johannesburg, you can still catch Desdemona, the dance interpretation of Shakespeare’s Othello, told from the point of view of Desdemona, who fell in love with a military hero, Othello, only to be betrayed by his wily officer Iago.
Next up in the UJ season of classic plays is Peter Shaffer’s Equus, with Jeremy Richard – who recently won a Naledi award for Red – in the role of the tormented boy who worshipped horses. Equus was first staged in 1973 in the UK and has been an acknowledged masterpiece ever since. It is an overwhelming gripping drama. It opens in the Con Cowan theatre on Tuesday and runs until April 27.
Another gripping play – and another Richard in a lead role – is David Mamet’s Race, now at the State Theatre in Pretoria, with Michael Richard (also a Naledi winner for Red) playing an American attorney faced with a difficult and controversial case. It also stars Graham Hopkins and Hlomla Dandala.
On Wednesday the Celtic beat comes to the Joburg Theatre when Essence of Ireland opens to celebrate everything Irish. Set in the 19th century it tells the story of a young Irish couple separated and forced to emigrate to America. Lots of dancing and lots of music, with all the old favourites, so brush up your brogue and wear green.
A touch of our history comes to the Space.com when actress and singer Gera Phielix presents her one-woman show Trek on Thursday and Saturday. It is set during the Great Trek.
There is still time to take the kids along to either Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids at the People’s Theatre, or Goggas! at the National Children’s Theatre this week – or both!
On the comedy front British comedian Michael McIntyre is in town at the Coca-Cola Dome on Saturday and for a local flavour the Blacks Only crowd is at the Sandton Convention Centre, also on Saturday for one night only.
Jennifer de Klerk is editor of Artslink.co.za. For information on these and other shows nationwide see www.artslink.co.za
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