Theatre to keep you grounded

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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODSTAGE - ROBYN CO­HEN

THIS month, theatre of­fer­ings tend to be fewer as theatre-mak­ers are usu­ally re­hears­ing for the fes­tive sea­son. How­ever, this year, there’s a surge of pro­duc­tions, from light-hearted fare to gritty pieces which grap­ple with of­ten un­com­fort­able ideas and is­sues.

Sean Bovim’s hit trib­ute rock ’n’ roll bal­let, Pri­vate Pres­ley – a Salute to the King re­turns to the Bax­ter Theatre from Thurs­day un­til Novem­ber 28. The show fea­tures over 30 of Elvis Pres­ley’s songs and a su­perb com­pany of dancers, was sold out when it was last staged in Cape Town in 2013.

This time, “there is a new strength duet in Sus­pi­cious Minds. With­out giv­ing away too much it has some ex­cit­ing and dan­ger­ous lifts”, said Bovim. He has tweaked the sound­track to bring Pres­ley’s story into sharper fo­cus. “Jo­han­nes­burg au­di­ences have told me how eas­ily they are able to un­der­stand the plot, which I think is of­ten a strug­gle in dance-re­lated shows.”

For those who want theatre lay­ered in many di­rec­tions, there are two plays di­rected by Chris Weare: Grounded by US play­wright Ge­orge Brant at the Bax­ter and Cow­boy Mouth writ­ten by Sam Shep­ard and rocker Patti Smith at the Rose­bank Theatre. Both run un­til Novem­ber 28.

Grounded is about a fighter pi­lot who isn’t con­sid­ered suit­able for com­bat when she be­comes preg­nant. It had its South African pre­miere last De­cem­ber at the Arena Theatre, Hid­dingh Cam­pus. If you missed it, now’s your op­por­tu­nity to see this play, su­perbly per­formed by MikkieDene le Roux.

Skye Rus­sell and Clyde Bern­ing star in Cow­boy Mouth, about two go­ing-nowhere peo­ple dis­il­lu­sioned with the Amer­i­can

Cow­boy Mouth.

DIS­IL­LU­SION: Skye Rus­sell and Clyde Bern­ing in

Grounded.

SU­PERB: Mikkie-Dene le Roux in

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