Suter’s Showbiz Spotlight

The long-running one-man comedy, Defending the Caveman, is to be staged at The Hexagon Theatre in Pietermaritzburg at 7.30pm on Friday, November 2, then goes on to Newcastle’s Black Rock Tsogo Sun for a performance at 7pm on Saturday, November 3.

Tim Plewman dons the caveman’s skins in this iconic production which humorously exposes the hunter and gatherer in us all, and has played to more than 1 million people.

Plewman will add to his record-breaking slew of performances of what is said to be the longest-running and most successful solo comedy in South African theatre history. The Broadway production still holds the record for the longest-running, non-musical, solo comedy of all time. Book for the show at Computicket.

Meanwhile, if you missed it in Pietermaritzburg recently, do yourself a favour and catch Dave Starke’s fine show, Leonard Cohen – A Tribute, to be staged at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 2 and 3) and 2pm on Sunday (November 4). It will also be performed there from November 9 to 11.

Life and works

Written by Perran Hahndiek and performed by Eshowe-based singer-guitarist Starke, the show is an exploration of the life and works of the late Leonard Cohen. It features his music and poetry interspersed with anecdotes from his life and other literary writings.

Dave Starke performs Leonard Cohen – A Tribute in Durban this weekend.

You can expect early hits such as Suzanne and So Long, Maryanne, the haunting Hallelujah and Famous Blue Raincoat, and lighter works such as Tower of Song and other Cohen greats.

The show had its debut at The Rosebank Theatre in Cape Town where it was sold out for the duration of its run, and more recently was performed in Kloof.

Raised in Cape Town, Starke is a smooth performer with a gentle guitar-playing style. He pays excellent tribute to Cohen, offering not only a well-researched history of the man, his poetry, music and achievements, but also insight into Cohen’s thought processes.

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

KZN Midlands Events

Also of note in Durban is a repeat of a hit show by The Reals, conceived by and featuring singer-guitarist Colin Peddie. It’s Poetry in Music which, originally staged at the Rhumbelow Theatre branch at Tina’s Hotel in Kloof earlier this year, returns there at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (November 2 and 3) and 2pm on Sunday (November 4). It will also be performed there from November 9 to 11.

Also featuring singer Samantha Landers, the show offers material that is more lyrically driven but without losing the punch which accompanies popular music. Expect songs associated with The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Indigo Girls, The Waterboys, Leonard Cohen, Mumford and Sons, Paul Simon and others. My full review is available by clicking here

Tickets cost R150 (R130 for pensioners and students) and can be booked at Computicket or by phoning 082 499 8636.

A scene from The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, new in cinemas this weekend. Picture: Disney

On the movie scene, a new South African action-drama, Mayfair, opens countrywide this weekend. Directed by Sara Blecher and scripted by Neil McCarthy, it stars Jack Devnarain, Rajesh Gopie and Kelly-Eve Koopman.

The tale is that of an estranged son who must break the rules to save his family (and their criminal empire) when his overbearing father falters.

Fantasy spectacle

Also new in cinemas this weekend is The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a fantasy spectacle in which a young girl is transported into a magical world of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

Co-directed by Lasse Hallstrom and Joe Johnston the film teams Mackenzie Foy, Morgan Freeman and Keira Knightley.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
What popular Barbra Streisand song contains the lyrics “Life’s candy and the sun’s a ball of butter”? (answer next week).

DO YOU KNOW?
Last week’s question: What kitsch movie musical starred Bruce Jenner (now transgender TV star Caitlyn Jenner) when he was at the height of his fame as an Olympic athlete? (Answer: Can’t Stop the Music).