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One Flute Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Or Queen Of The Nicht

By BRUCE DENNILL   The Magic Flute / Directed by Christoph Dammann / Mandela at Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   Mozart’s final opera is a complex beast, while also being a daft Disney fairytale antecedent that goes through long sections of hardly making any sense. That’s when ...

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Of Chameleons And Graffiti, Or Gorgons And Crowns

By BRUCE DENNILL   Chris Chameleon & Daniella Deysel: Posduif                               5.5 Gorgon City: Sirens                                   ...

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The Horror, The Horror, Or Broken By Circumstance

By BRUCE DENNILL   Ruined / Directed by Megan Willson / Wits Downstairs Theatre, Braamfontein, Johannesburg   There’s an unfortunate, embedded bias that places student productions on a lower theatrical rung than those featuring older casts simply because the actors and production team have less experience. What ...

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Stars Of The Stage

The winners of the Naledi Theatre Awards were announced on 19 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. For the first time in the awards’ 12-year history, one actress won the Best Lead Performance in a Play (Female) for two different plays. Fiona Ramsay received her ...

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Fantastic Mr Foxes, Or Of Leicester And Longinquity

By BEN WRIGHT   In the late 1970s, my uncle wanted to go to Filbert St. My Grandmother said no. Like the stadiums of many a middling football club at the time, the home of Leicester City could be a rough place. English hooliganism was enjoying ...

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Show (And Tell) Tunes, Or Getting Better In Stages2

Show (And Tell) Tunes, Or Getting Better In Stages

By BRUCE DENNILL Other than a cup of what is presumably coffee, Josh Groban makes no concessions to fatigue after a full day’s travel from Los Angeles, via Heathrow, to Johannesburg. His chatty, friendly stage persona is ...

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Fantastic Mr Foxes, Or Of Leicester And Longinquity0

Fantastic Mr Foxes, Or Of Leicester And Longinquity

By BEN WRIGHT   In the late 1970s, my uncle wanted to go to Filbert St. My Grandmother said no. Like the stadiums of many a middling football club at the time, the home of Leicester City could be ...

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Extract from Death By Carbs by Paige Nick0

Extract from Death By Carbs by Paige Nick

The Co-Authors Wednesday 8:17am ‘Hey man, Marco, did you hear?’ ‘Shaun? What?’ ‘Are you sitting down?’ ‘No, I’m at the restaurant prepping bok choy. What is it?’ ‘It’s Noakes. You should probably sit down.’ ‘You’re freaking me out. What’s going on, Shaun?’ ‘You haven’t ...

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Ratings

  • 1 – Never Darken This Portal Again
  • 2 – Very Nearly Offensively Bad
  • 3 – Nobody Thought This Through
  • 4 – Poor
  • 5 – Not Bad, But Ok
  • 6 – Good
  • 7 – Very Good
  • 8 – One Of The Best This Year
  • 9 – I Was Moved; I May Have Cried
  • 10 – Pretty Much Perfect

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Tea And Sympathy (For Bears), Or To Coin A Phase0

Tea And Sympathy (For Bears), Or To Coin A Phase

By BRUCE DENNILL   The hotel we’re in for the junket is lovely. But it’s miles from anywhere, a round of golf costs five hundred million dirham and there’s only so much of the course you can walk ...

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Crossing To Jordan, Or Heart And Hobnobbing0

Crossing To Jordan, Or Heart And Hobnobbing

By BRUCE DENNILL   There’s a quote from the Stellenbosch at Summer Place press release that reads: “Our chefs and winemakers work the floor for guests to hobnob with them”. How big a role do people skills play in ...

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Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age0

Better Lutyens Than Never, Or Of Art And Age

The Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) has been working feverishly up to the forthcoming celebration of the centenary of the famous Sir Edwin Lutyens building, the grand custom-built housing for the original Foundation Collection at JAG. JAG’s dedicated staff, led by chief curator Antoinette Murdoch, has pulled out

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Stars Of The Stage0

Stars Of The Stage

The winners of the Naledi Theatre Awards were announced on 19 April at the Lyric Theatre, Gold Reef City. For the first time in the awards’ 12-year

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A Special Tribute: Chris Van Wyk - In His Own Words0

A Special Tribute: Chris Van Wyk – In His Own Words

Chris van Wyk (1957-2014) arrived on the literary scene at the age of 22 with It Is Time To Go Home, a startlingly accomplished collection

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