Back to the 80s at Reps

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FILM & THEATRE - Takudzwa Chi­ham­bakwe

FROM start to fin­ish, the au­di­to­rium was full of en­ergy as the au­di­ence sang along to yes­ter­year hits such as “Jump”, “Thriller” and “We Built This City”. It was quite a spectacle to see older folks re­liv­ing their youth and younger peo­ple re­al­is­ing that a lot of the lyrics and beats they dance to to­day are not so orig­i­nal af­ter all.

The love songs drew cud­dles, the dance songs had peo­ple stomp­ing and the en­tire at­mos­phere made for a warm sum­mer night of fun.

Ku­dos to Reps and the band for bril­liantly belt­ing out more than 25 tracks with ease.

Their seam­less­ness proved that they had taken time to re­hearse and stitch their pro­duc­tion to­gether.

The vo­cal­ists also did a splen­did job on most songs though there were some in­stances where they failed to de­liver, but over­all it was a pol­ished per­for­mance on their part.

A show at Reps The­atre can­not be called great with­out men­tion of the cos­tumes. As per their stan­dard, the reper­tory play­ers were all look­ing im­mac­u­late in sim­ple but on point cos­tumes.

The power of cos­tumes was seen in Michael Jack­son’s “Thriller”, which came with the zom­bies and all.

The down­side was that the en­tire set con­sisted of Western songs. Surely Zim­babwe and Africa have yes­ter­year hits that still elicit fond mem­o­ries.

That show done, Reps The­atre shifts its fo­cus to this year’s Christ­mas Pan­tomime, “Puss in Boots”, which will run from De­cem­ber 6 to 23 in the main au­di­to­rium.

REPS The­atre was buzzing with sounds from three decades back on October 21 as the reper­tory play­ers pre­sented their 750th pro­duc­tion, a mu­si­cal dubbed “A Tale of the 80s”.

A scene from the mu­si­cal staged at Reps The­atre dubbed a tale of the 80s

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