Saturday, 4 December 2010

La Rosa @ The Courtyard Theatre @ DUT

La Rosa @ The Courtyard Theatre @ DUT
Running: 3 - 19th December 2010
Tickets: R60 Adults R50 Students/Pensioners
Show times: 7pm
Bookings: 084 244 7425,      072 953 8169 or
(Pieter de Beer, Donna Steel and Nompumelelo Ngwenya)

This two act play is directed by Pieter de Beer, who also plays one of the main characters. This must have been a difficult task and I commend him for his work overall.

The show La Rosa is a good attempt at an unusual, absurd comedy. The Spanish feel, accent and theme is fresh and very funny. I thought the set was beautiful.

I found myself challenged and confused at times, followed by understanding and clarity – throughout the play. This revolving theme of hidden agendas, secrets, lies and subtle underlying chaos persists throughout the play; until the very final scene.
I Thought that the melodrama and cheesy acting were just perfect for the "Movie within a Play…within a Movie" done in that awfully-wonderful Soap Opera style…that said, I found the storyline to be a little confusing and busy – maybe because it was opening night and lines were not as tight.

The actors remained true to their characters throughout and the only criticism I have is that diction, from where I sat, was not always clear – where actors projected towards the back of the stage as opposed to the audience; and for a scene where Nompumelelo Ngwenya was difficult to hear – It was a pity as it was a pivotal scene in the second act.

Overall I think that the play is fresh and appealing, my husband Francis and I giggled much and shared many incredulous looks as the plot unfolded. My absolute favourite is the two Technicians: Thobani Mbhele and Musawenkhosi Ntuli delivered a comical performance!  I would see it again!

Pieter de Beer.
Nomphumelelo Ngwenya.
Donna Steel***
Roberta Trenor.
Radwinn van Wyk.
Fortunate Dhlomo.
Nomonde Matiwane***
Graham Ellis.
Thobani Mbele***
Musawenkhosi Ntuli.

Sandy Bigara

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