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On the nature of Eugene, and evil

26 Feb 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: A HUMAN BEING DIED THAT NIGHT

WHEN South African born, London-based producer, Eric Abraham opened the Fugard Theatre, he pledged to bring in international performers and productions. Over the years, he has staged outstanding plays with the likes of Antony Sher and Ian McKellen. Now Abraham is bringing A Human Being Died That Night, to the Fugard Studio, which received rave reviews when it was first staged last May, in London. The play which is said to be emotionally wrenching but riveting, is based on Professor Pumla GobodoMadikizela’s Alan Paton awardwinning best-selling book of the same name - chronicling and inter...

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Dominating the stage with only words, gesture and strings

22 Jan 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Agreed

Agreed, directed by Sylvaine Strike (Market Theatre) Until: Feb 2 Lionel Newton is one of those actors who in representing society’s grimmest knaves lends us an understanding of the noble and nuanced craft of performance in a way that connects us to our humanity. You won’t readily forget his characters. We saw this in 2012 when he played the Miser in the eponymous Moliere work, as we saw this in Rat, an earlier manifestation of Agreed, without the inestimable polish. Newton’s repertoire, reaching back into the 1980s and the South African roots of physical theatre, alongside t...

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Actors’ youthful passion is enchanting

22 Jan 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: The Colored Museum

Market Theatre Review

With the young cast bubbling over, artistic director James Ngcobo is hoping that The Colored Museum will bring all ages to the revamped main theatre at Jozi’s Market. DIANE DE BEER talks to him about a production that introduces a little known team. But watch out for these names. ELECTING George C Wolfe’s The Colored Museum as his first play for The Market’s main stage this year, artistic director James Ngcobo had a few things in mind. “I wanted to offer a large young cast the opportunity to play in this kind of celebrated work,” he said. While keeping in the Afro...

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Newton’s theatrical mastery

22 Jan 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Agreed

You’ll agree that Agreed’s three short, but punchy stories make for a superb viewing says Lesley Stones WATCHING Lionel Newton on stage is witnessing genius in motion. Every movement is planned and precise, even those that look casual and careless. Each word is delivered with intensity, even those that sound tossed in as an afterthought. Combining Newton’s theatrical mastery with three superb short scripts delivers an evening of excellence in Agreed, at The Market Theatre. It opens with The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Robert Browning, an almost forgotten old poem that introduces...

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African American in #TheColoredMuseum

22 Jan 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: The Colored Museum

Market Theatre Review

STILL virtually unknown, Naima Mclean is determined to make 2014 her year. The American-born South African is set to perform her role this month at the Market Theatre in a play called The Colored Museum, which features an ensemble cast. She is renowned in the industry as a prolific singer and poet, also for her recent starring role in the big-budget Hollywood film production, Vehicle 19, alongside the late Paul Walker. The American play, produced by George C Wolfe, directed by James Ngcobo and choreographedbyGregMaqoma, focuses on being an African-American and redefines preconceived ideas of w...

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Identity and labels

22 Jan 2014 in Uncategorised
Related Shows: Expectant

PLAYWRIGHT and director Penelope Youngleson’s Expectant will offer Market Theatre audiences a contemporary coming of age story that explores racial and national identity. Starring Rebecca Makin-Taylor, the sobering yet darkly funny story is told against the backdrop of the 400-year colonial history of young, white, Englishspeaking South Africans. The theatre’s Robert Motseko said Youngleson’s play considered how this demographic’s “identity revolves and dissolves around what it means to be from this country”. “Posed as the late night conversationstains...

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