POPULAR singer and musician Cat Simoni tips a hat to country music acts in her new show, Cat Does Shania, headed for Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo, this weekend.

Now resident in Cape Town, Cat doesn’t only stick to Shania Twain hits, but also presents songs associated with Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood, as well as offering some surprises.

She performs on piano, guitar and fiddle in a show devised and directed by Paul Spence.

Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2) and 2pm on Sunday (March 3). Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Light meals

Note that one can take along one’s own meals to the theatre, but all drinks must be bought at the venue. Light meals can also be bought at the theatre.

Later in the week in Howick, Howick High School is staging its production of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets are R30 each and can be purchased at the school office or at the door.

Performances are from Wednesday-Friday, March 6-8 starting at 6.30pm in the school hall.

The hilarious gang, Bash with Tash, Masood Boomgard and Rory Petzer.

Tonight (Friday, March 1) seasoned comics Masood Boomgaard, Rory Petzer and Bash with Tash will put on a night of unmissable laughter at the Protea Hotel in Hilton. Tickets are available from Computicket.

The attraction this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s Hotel, Beryldene Road, Kloof, is the Gee Jays vocal trio, presenting And That’s When The Trouble Started.

John Didlick, Gary McKenzie and Grant Bell take a comical look at what often happens in relationships when there’s “trouble in paradise”. In between the jokes and patter are songs associated with Roy Orbison, The Beatles, Johnny Nash, The Bee Gees, Procol Harum, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, One Direction and Justin Bieber.

Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday (March 1 and 2) and 2pm on Sunday (March 3). Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with valid student cards) and booking is via Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Note that no food is permitted in this venue, where a bar service is available.

Also note that Lisa Bobbert presents her fun Bobbertlicious show at Northlands Bowling Club, 50 Margaret Mayton Avenue, Durban North, at 8pm on Saturday, March 2.

She presents a variety of zany comical characters, and a good mix of song and comedy, in a show for which tickets cost R150 each. Book at Computicket or by calling Roland at 082 499 8636.

Lisa’s husband, Aaron McIlroy, is also performing a solo show in Durban. Catch his collage of comedy, varied characters and song, ADHD, until March 10 at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

Funnyman Aaron McIlroy has a serious dose of ADHD.

Performances are at 7.30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets cost R150 throughout. Booking is at Computicket outlets.

For my full review of ADHD click here

Still in Durban… a free performance by guitarist and vocalist Mbijana Sibisi is scheduled for Durban’s Playhouse from 5pm on Friday, March 1.

The South African artist, who is now based in Belgium, will be touring South Africa until May 1. Durban is his first stop.

Sibisi’s music can be described as a mixture of storytelling and Zulu folk. He considers himself a social commentator and aims to use his music to spread stories about societal issues.

Touring guitarist and vocalist Mbijana Sibisi gives a free performance at Durban’s Playhouse from 5pm on Friday, March 1.

Joining him on this tour will be guitarist Milton Chissano and percussionist Njabulo Shabalala. Additionally, for The Playhouse performance, Sibisi will also feature Doctor Vezi on bass.

Among films new on circuit countrywide this weekend is Free Solo, a film which this week took the Oscar for best feature documentary. It’s about professional rock climber Alex Honnold’s attempts to make the first free solo climb of the famed El Capitan’s 900m, vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park in the US.

Another of the weekend’s news releases is Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, a comedy directed by and starring Perry. It tells of a joyous family reunion turning into an unexpected nightmare when Madea and the gang find themselves planning a funeral in the backwoods of Georgia.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What was the surname of “Sylvia’s Mother” in the hit song of the same name, by Dr Hook, from the early 1970s? (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: Under what name, before he became famous with Queen, did Freddie Mercury record a version of The Ronettes and Beach Boys hit, I Can Hear Music, in the early 1970s? (Answer: Larry Lurex)