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THERE is a stag­ger­ing choice of theatre op­tions in the city this month, in­clud­ing The Cape Town Fringe (on un­til next Satur­day at sev­eral venues), Cape Town Buskers Fes­ti­val (part of the Fringe, from Thurs­day to Sun­day at the Water­front), and the pow­er­ful drama A Steady Rain at the Fu­gard Stu­dio (Wed­nes­day to Oc­to­ber 29).

There is also plenty at the Bax­ter: the Bax­ter Dance Fes­ti­val (Thurs­day to Oc­to­ber 15) and The Fall (Thurs­day to Oc­to­ber 29 – see On the Boards). The Big 5 – a new com­edy show­case is on at Artscape (Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day).

Spe­cial men­tion must go to a stylish new theatre – the re­cently opened Afda theatre in Ob­ser­va­tory (228 Lower Main Road, near the Mag­net Theatre) which is one of the Fringe venues.

Next week on the Fringe, catch the ac­claimed Mon­ster – with Donna Cor­mack- Thom­son and Jamie-Lee Money. The play deals with anx­i­eties of women in their twen­ties.

Keith Huff ’s award- win­ning Broad­way hit, A Steady Rain, an out­stand­ing pro­duc­tion directed by Adrian Collins and star­ring Brent Palmer and Ni­cholas Paul­ing, sold out when it was staged at Alexan­der Up­stairs in Novem­ber.

It’s about two po­lice­men in Chicago, who are friends with com­pli­ca­tions. Collins nailed the ethos of the play when he com­mented prior to its first run: “The play fo­cuses on two dif­fer­ent ac­counts of the same story. Among many other things it’s about friend­ship and violence and how we be­come de­sen­si­tised to it. It can be in­cred­i­bly funny as it is dis­turb­ing and bru­tal.”

For the new sea­son at the Fu­gard, he said: “The per­for­mances are bound to be stronger as we con­tinue to make new dis­cov­er­ies in re­hearsal. And it will look amaz­ing in the theatre, us­ing the nat­u­ral aes­thetic of the Fu­gard Stu­dio to en­hance the de­sign as­pect of the show.”

The Bax­ter Dance Fes­ti­val is from Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 6) un­til Oc­to­ber 15. That’s 10 days of an eclec­tic mix of dance – cour­tesy of Ni­co­lette Moses – the go-get­ting in­no­va­tive artis­tic di­rec­tor of the dance fest and the Bax­ter’s as­so­ciate pro­ducer and plan­ning man­ager.

The fes­ti­val fea­tures es­tab­lished artists and com­pa­nies, emerg­ing dancers and ex­per­i­men­tal work.

A Steady Rain,

at The Fu­gard, fea­tures Ni­cholas Paul­ing and Brent Palmer.

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