The festive season is in full swing at the The Baxter Theatre Centre and audiences are in for several treats with three fantastic fun shows to choose from as the year-end celebrations kick in.
Nik Rabinowitz is now on in the Concert Hall until 14 December with his hilarious latest comedy Late Bloomer, the much-anticipated sequel of Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle It’s a Girl! has opened with a bang and fresh from the veld is Ben Voss in Benny Bushwhacker: Human Nature, all ready to entertain this summer.
The hugely popular, usually sold-out New Year’s Eve Bash will once again see some of the artists lead the countdown on 31 December to get the revelry started as the fun continues in the foyer after the performances. The two shows on offer are Aunty Merle It’s a Girl! and Benny Bushwhacker: Human Nature and they will both start later, on the night. Ticket prices will include entrance to the party. Close the decade and ring in 2020 with laughter, music, and dance at the Baxter. Early booking for these shows and the New Year’s Eve celebrations are strongly advised.
The much-loved Nik Rabinowitz, South Africa’s original Xhosa-speaking, Jewish leg-spinner-turned comedian’s new stand up show, Late Bloomer, directed by Rob van Vuuren, gets under his skin, quite literally. He ruminates over his recent DNA test results and a host of other pressing issues in his thoroughly hysterical, inimitable and insensitive manner.
Join Nik as he tries to figure out who he is, where he came from, where he’s going to and how he ended up here. With a wife, three kids, two animals, one mortgage, he has a rather vague feeling that he should pack up everything and move back to Lithuania. Or maybe not.
A former Stand Up of the Year winner, Rabinowitz has, over the last 18 years, established himself as one of the country’s premier comics. Late Bloomer runs Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and ends on 14 December.
‘Aunty Merle It’s a Girl!‘
Since its opening recently, Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle It’s a Girl! has been playing to packed houses and standing ovations at every performance so far. Marc once again teams up with director Lara Foot and an ensemble cast of 13, plus a live band of seven musicians, who sing and dance their way through the drama and goings-on between Belgravia Road, Athlone, and Bantry Bay. If you loved the first production of Aunty Merle, The Musical, this exciting sequel brings even more drama and surprises, with unexpected twists and turns, beautiful music and fabulous dancing.
Merle’s daughter and son-in-law, Abigail and Alan, have been married for five years and they have an announcement to make. As the excitement mounts, Merle simply cannot wait to be a first-time grandmother. Her son-in-law is after all, as Aunty Merle puts it, “Bantry Bay-born”. The stellar cast includes Royston Stoffels, Jennifer Steyn, Nicky Rebelo, Carmen Maarman, Zoleka Helesi, Rushney Ferguson, Julian Place, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Anzio September, Tashreeq de Villiers and Crystal Finck.
‘Benny Bushwhacker: Human Nature’
Benny Bushwhacker: Human Nature is written by John van de Ruit (from Spud fame) and stars Ben Voss, directed by Janice Honeyman. It runs from 10 December 2019 to 18 January 2020 in the Golden Arrow Studio at 8:15 pm nightly with Saturday matinees at 4 pm. Get ready for a wander in the wild as this highly recommended comedy highlights the importance of nature conservation. It opened at the 2019 National Arts Festival Makhanda (Grahamstown) where Ben won two Standard Bank Ovation Awards and has continued receiving rave reviews and full houses.
Veteran theatre critic Diane de Beer said, ‘He is an extraordinary performer and just watching him perform, his skills, his detail to attention, his bravado and determination to hold everyone in that intimate theatre close while telling Bushwacker’s story, is something to behold.’
For somebody who spent more time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life than a hibernating Arctic wood frog, Ben’s untainted humanity and delicious humor has had his audiences laughing out loud and wondering why, when it comes to the bush, the most uncommon human trait, is common sense.