If you are after a good laugh, pay a visit to Pietermaritzburg’s Hexagon Theatre this weekend to catch Durban darlings, Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert return, in their new comedy meshing song and comedy.

After last year’s Marriage For Dummies, the madcap husband and wife team return to The Hexagon with Bloopers, to be staged at 7.30pm on Saturday (February 2) and 3pm on Sunday (February 3).

Directed and choreographed by comedienne Daisy Spencer, Bloopers is jam-packed with laughs and songs that form a perfect cocktail to wash away the blues.

A tipsy and sarcastic mother making an increasingly embarrassing speech at her daughter’s wedding. A haughty, pretentious, long-haired arts critic dissecting the relevance of each line of Abba’s Waterloo. A seemingly sophisticated couple with a new slant on The Cellblock Tango from the musical Chicago.

Forgetful diva

A forgetful diva performing Memory; an effeminate wedding planner with some surprises up his floral sleeves; and Durban Indian VJ , complete with American Indian headdress, on the topic of cultural insensitivity while performing snippets of songs by Eminem, UB40 and Elvis Presley.

All these oddballs are just some among the kaleidoscope of crazy characters presented by the deliciously over-the-top twosome in their latest, ever-unpredictable mish-mash of song, silliness, satire and slapstick.

For my full review of the show, first staged in Kloof late last year, click here

Tickets cost R135 each and can be booked via WebTickets or at the theatre.

The Black Lapels and guest guitarist Rusty Red (second left). Brothers Rob Warren (left) and Garth Warren (right) head the band with drummer Gareth Gale (back). Catch them in Kloof this weekend.

In Durban, meanwhile, popular local band The Black Lapels, with guest guitarist Rusty Red, perform a new show, The Hits, this weekend – at the Kloof branch of the Rhumbelow Theatre, at Tina’s Hotel, in Beryldene Road.

Scheduled for performances at 8pm on Friday and Saturday (February 1 and 2) and 3pm on Sunday (February 3) – and again at the same times on February 8, 9 and 10 – The Hits is a retrospective of the body of work created by this ever-evolving band.

Swamp blues

From 2014 to 2018, the band entertained audiences and wowed critics with its no-fuss performances, and The Hits offers highlights from such successes as the group’s early Johnny Cash tribute show and the celebration of swamp blues and rock ’n’ roll that was the band’s acclaimed Creedence Clearwater Revival show.

Also featured in the show are highlights from the band’s Road to Graceland – A Tribute to Paul Simon show.

Tickets for The Hits cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards). Booking is at Computicket outlets or, for large group bookings, via Roland at 082 499 8636.

The Blarney Brothers perform in Umbilo, Durban, this weekend.

Entertainment on offer this weekend at the Rhumbelow Theatre’s Umbilo branch in Durban is Blarney Party, a fun party show by Irish singalong trio The Blarney Brothers.

Performances are scheduled for 8pm on Friday and Saturday (February 1 and 2) and 2pm on Sunday (February 3).

Tickets cost R150 each (R130 for pensioners and students with cards). Book at Computicket outlets or phone Roland Stansell at 082 499 8636.

In Hilton, the outstanding countertenor Nathan Julius will feature in Mon Voyage with Hilton College staff and boys and the Midlands Chamber Choir. This evening of music takes place on Friday, February 8 from 6.30pm in the Hilton College Memorial Hall. Tickets are free, donations are encouraged. Bookings at www.quicket.co.za

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Julius is a Hilton Old Boy currently studying at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. He began his singing career at the Drakensberg Boys Choir and conductors who have worked with him have labelled him one of the most gifted young singers of his time.

This is a benefit concert for Nathan aimed at securing funds for his studies. Organisers say the programme has something for everyone, from Debussy’s Claire de lune to a beautiful choral version of Paul Simon’s Sound of Silence.

Oscar-nominated

Among films new in cinemas countrywide this weekend are two eagerly anticipated, Oscar-nominated films – one being The Favourite, which has been nominated for 10 Oscars, including those for best picture, director and the three female stars.

The movie teams Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz under the direction of Yorgos Lanthimos.

The story unfolds in the early 18th century England, when a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

Also new in cinemas this weekend is Vice, written and directed by Adam McKay and nominated for eight Oscars. It stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Steve Carell.

The film tells the story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as vice president to George W Bush, reshaping the US and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

SHOWBIZ TRIVIA:
Do you know? What was the first animated feature to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar? It is one of only two animated films ever to be nominated in this category, the other being Toy Story 3. (Answer next week).
Last week’s question: What 1960s hit single started with the lyric “She lived in a boathouse down by the river…? (Answer: Pretty Belinda).