Hi­lar­i­ous ‘Love Fac­tu­ally’ plays on age-old is­sues

The Herald (South Africa) - - LEISURE - No­maz­ima Nkosi nkosino@ti­soblack­star.co.za

POP­U­LAR co­me­dian Alan Com­mit­tie has teamed up with Cen­trestage to present a brand-new, glo­ri­ously funny ex­plo­ration of the bat­tle of the sexes to bring Love Fac­tu­ally to the Board­walk Am­phithe­atre to­day and to­mor­row.

Fol­low­ing a role that had seen him star in 963 per­for­mances af­ter he al­ter­nated with Tim Plew­man in the record-break­ing com­edy Defending the Cave­man, Com­mit­tie felt it was time to take a fresh look at re­la­tion­ships in the “crazy new mod­ern era”.

“Love Fac­tu­ally, much like Defending the Cave­man be­fore it, is a show that cel­e­brates re­la­tion­ships in all their mad, crazy, foible-filled forms.

“I’ve been through the long-term part­ner­ships, the shorter dal­liances, one-night in­ter­ac­tions and the ‘how did this hap­pen’ cou­plings,” Com­mit­tie chuck­led.

Given that the show tack­les the topic, Com­mit­tie was asked to re­late his worst ex­pe­ri­ence in a re­la­tion­ship.

“The worst was when I was 12 years old – madly in love with the beau­ti­ful Lynne Jou­bert.

“I com­posed a mag­nif­i­cent love let­ter and gave it to my best friend Shane with the in­struc­tion ‘go now and win her heart’ – which is ex­actly what he did. He won her heart.

“I’ve been in re­cov­ery ever since,” the co­me­dian said.

Love Fac­tu­ally has a cin­ema-tinged sto­ry­line, start­ing with a stage set that plonks him in the movies with one eye on the screen and one eye on the phone, wait­ing for his girl­friend to text him af­ter an ar­gu­ment.

Com­mit­tie con­fessed he was a “huge fan of ro­man­tic movies”.

“It seems to me that, un­like other movies that try to take us out of our­selves and our mun­dane lives, the rom-com pre­tends that it is a re­flec­tion of our re­al­life re­la­tion­ships.

“Part of my show’s nar­ra­tive is to show that real life is no rom-com. It’s a far fun­nier, cra­zier story and we never know the end­ing,” Com­mit­tie said.

He added that, as with all his shows, Love Fac­tu­ally drew from his per­sonal life but also from peo­ple, con­ver­sa­tions and in­ci­dents around him and that his “an­ten­nae are al­ways pricked”.

The fun­ny­man and for­mer co-host of Red­cake said he tried to write a new stand-up show ev­ery 12 months.

He promised au­di­ences a fast and funny look at re­la­tion­ships and why men and women still fould it hard to fully be­lieve that their “unique” problems also be­longed to ev­ery­one else.

Love Fac­tu­ally is di­rected by Com­mit­tie’s long-time col­lab­o­ra­tor Christo­pher Weare.

It starts at 7.30pm and tick­ets are R160 per per­son, avail­able at Com­puticket, or con­tact Wendy on 082-661-6921.

FUNNY MAN: Co­me­dian Alan Com­mit­tie

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