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OMG Quiz Night at the Alexander Bar
23 Nov 17
I'm not a fount of general knowledge. In fact, for a well-travelled lawyer, I'm usually quite embarrassed by my lack of it. I recall attending a quiz night or two when working in Rwanda which was full of smart over-achieving ex-pats. Our team won, but I was relieved to answer just one question all night. So it was with a vague sense of impending doom that I made my way to the Alexander Bar for its weekly OMG Quiz Night yesterday.
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The Book Detectives
14 Jun 17
I never tend to read the rubric too thoroughly for a show I’m reviewing, as I prefer to be surprised.
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Bryan Miles: Live
14 Jun 17
The Alexander Bar is a beautifully intimate theatre which is absolutely perfect for a spot of magic. Magic? Who doesn’t like it?
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Lears Fool
12 Apr 17
It was a shame that the Alexander Bar Theatre was so empty last night, as Lears Fool, directed by Wynne Bredenkamp, was very well done. Its a one-man show featuring Jeroen Kranenburg, based on William Shakespeares King Lear, which I had the pleasure of studying at High School. Its a tragedy of the most tragic kind, and neither easy reading nor watching.
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Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
11 Apr 17
To my shame, I hadnt previously seen either the Oscar-winning film on which the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert is based, or indeed the iconic musical in the Londons West End when I lived there. All I knew was that it featured drag queens, had a cult following, and audience members commonly arrived in fancy dress.
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Single Minded
05 Apr 17
Apparently the comedy sketch show Single Minded, currently playing at the Alexander Bar, was preceded by a cult-hit by the same writer and director (Jon Keevy) called Dirty Words. Im told the humour is similar. Its a two person performance, and both Kiroshan Naidoo and Kathleen Stephens are superb.
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The Long Shots Improv Comedy
05 Apr 17
For four nights, The Long Shots will perform improvisation comedy at the Alexander Bar. The troupe consists of a couple of English guys, an American woman, and a bunch of Saffers whove performed together since 2011 (consisting of Tamith Hattingh, Pags Bantwana, Eva Gilliam, Mark Penwill, Andre Ballot, Justine Buekes, Steve Larter, and Rob Coutts). Its a big group for improv, but it works quite well although inevitably some of the performers gel better than others.
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The PLOTHOLE
23 Feb 17
For two nights only, comedy duo Stuart Cairns and Westley Cockrell performed their show, THE PLOTHOLE (directed by Rob van Vuuren), at the Alexander Bar Theatre.
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Blurred Lines - Reviewed by Laura Davidson
14 Feb 17
Blink and youll miss it: Greg Gelbs show, Blurred Lines, was on at the Alexander Bar for one night only.
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Mate
07 Feb 17
This one-woman show about the trials and tribulations of dating in your thirties stars Alicia McCormick. The script (apparently based on real occurrences) was written by frustrated thirty-something singleton Samantha Gray. The theme must strike a chord in Cape Town, as the play was sold out the evening I attended.
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