In 1964, Funny Girl, inspired partly by the life of popular vaudeville and Ziegfeld Follies performer, singer and comedian Fanny Brice, opened on Broadway and launched the career of the then 22-year-old Barbara Streisand. It stands to reason then that anyone attempting to revive the role, particularly in South Africa, will inevitably risk comparison. But South African actress Ashleigh Harvey, as Brice in the current Fugard Production, shrugs on the part as if it were made for her. And she's spectacular. By MARIANNE THAMM.
It takes a great deal of skill to be consistently incompetent. To corrupt a famous quote, most of us can manage it sometimes, some of us can manage it most times, but for everyone to manage it all the time, well, that requires real genius. By LESLEY STONES.
To tell the truth, the play El Blanco is a heap of nonsense. There’s a plot, of sorts, some singing, of more uncertain sorts, a very large hat and very tight trousers, and square-mouthed James Cairns spinning a yarn of his crazy days in Mexico. And bravo, amigo, because it’s one hell of a funny show. By LESLEY STONES.
Are we about to be sucked into a black hole? Can we start packing our bags to live on another planet? (Tempting.) If it’s not a planet and it’s not a star, what is it? Are we going to send humans to Mars by 2030? Knowledge of astronomy, like most sciences, is increasing exponentially, and it can be hard to keep up. MARELISE VAN DER MERWE asked astronomer Dr Anja Schroeder for a tour.
Amabookabooka returns with a fresh podcast, packed with exciting elements. Each week we interview an author and administer our world-famous Sound Effects Rorschach Test. We also read stories from the winners of All About Writing’s super short story competition, and quiz Mervyn Sloman, the much-loved owner of the much-loved Book Lounge. By JONATHAN ANCER.
The local interpretation of Peter Weiss’ groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning modernist play – as topical today as it was in 1963 when it was first written – is a thrilling and disturbing spectacle of the grotesque in which an accomplished cast succeed in bleeding the script into a modern and violent post-911 socio-political reality filled with uncertainty and horror. By MARIANNE THAMM.