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BOBBERT UNCUT (article first published : 2006-04-2)

With an artist of the talents, energy and versatility of Lisa Bobbert (popular stage star of Brutal Tunes, Defending the Planet, etc.) in the very capable hands of her director, the multi-talented Caroline Smart, how could this one-woman show fail? In Bobbert Uncut currently running in the Playhouse Loft, Lisa Bobbert had the audience eating out of her hands.

The show opens to an opulently designed set featuring a magnificent archway, a bar counter and a chaise-longue - with a very original warning to switch off all cell phones. Furthermore, there is a disaster backstage. The star of her show This is Your Life, Lisa Bobbert, is nowhere to be found.

Charmaine - Lisa Bobbert, of course, in one of her several characterisations - is inveigled into coming on stage to tell of her long association with Lisa whom she met on 14 February, 1968 - "of course Lisa is much older than I am!" Three songs are belted out as the whiney Charmaine, in the inimitable and highly energetic Bobbert style: Reckless Girl, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - a sure show stopper - and Venus. Charmaine chronicles the early years of Lisa Bobbert, her adoption, her Rosebank Convent school education, her boyfriends Stuart and Gavin alias "Rat", and jolling in Sandton nightclubs, where one night she was "klapped" by Chantal ("Alcohol leads to vah-lence") another joller at the club.

The butch Chantal then struts on stage and gives her version of how she made mincemeat of Charmaine and Lisa in the club and sings the appropriate Brass in Pocket.

We then meet Sergeant Shamala Naidoo who has been tasked with finding the missing Bobbert and makes the brilliant deduction that she must be linked to the notorious Bobbit of New York fame. Sergeant Naidoo is suspicious that Lisa Bobbert has been caught in a road block for testing alcohol consumption, similar to the one in 1996 when she was arrested for being over the limit. She has the wonderful throwaway line while describing the earlier arrest "To cut a long story short ... excuse the expression", the context of which was lost on the audience. This skit lacked pace and dragged a bit. In addition, her accent slipped although the dialogue was absolutely spot on.

Another character is the delightful Dr Daphne - shades of Dame Edna Everidge - singing A Lil’ Ole Bitty Pissant Country Place and (Forget Your Troubles Come On) Get Happy who describes the tragic death of Lisa Bobbert's daughter, Holly, at ten months – a poignant moment, sensitively handled. Excellently portrayed from Afro wig to her very well-sustained accent is Zandi. She sings Umamaleya, Patta Patta before Lisa Bobbert is finally "found" and bursts onto the stage to sing Absolutely Everybody to well-deserved tumultuous applause.

Suggesting that life is more than just a giggle, the show's devastating script is punctuated with a couple of scenes tinged with bittersweet undertones. All good comedic plays succeed with touching moments and in Bobbert Uncut these are given in a very poignant scene with a gangly, pregnant schoolgirl called Debbie. Lisa Bobbert’s portrayal is sincere and very moving as she sings – beautifully - I Don't Know Why.

To give Lisa Bobbert a chance to change into her next persona, the theatre is darkened while the audience is treated to voice-overs featuring her Catch You Call telephone pranks on East Coast Radio. These include calls to the Revenue Services, the manager of a gym, Independent Newspapers to place a telesex advert and the UIF office where Lisa wants to register as a self-employed domestic.

The various sketches are well-linked to give a smooth flow to the evening, with intelligent cross references to aid the story line - indeed a very well-written script by Lisa Bobbert, making good theatre. In all her alter-egos, Lisa Bobbert's body language, characterisation and accents are spot-on. Caroline Smart is to be complimented for, I am sure, keeping the ebullient Lisa Bobbert in check!

Bobbert Uncut is presented by Macbob Productions in association with the Playhouse Company and runs until April 15 in the Playhouse Loft. Booking is through Computicket on 082 915 8000 or ring Playhouse Dial-A-Seat on 031 369 9596 or 031 369 9540 (office hours). Online booking is at www.computicket.com – Maurice Kort




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