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NOT THE BIG EASY (article first published : 2007-06-23)

Not The Big Easy, a one-man comedy about golf written and performed by award-winning actor and playwright Paul Slabolepszy and directed by Bobby Heaney, comes to the Catalina Theatre in July. It has been touring the country receiving favourable reviews and playing to great houses. It is currently at the Mardi Gras Theatre in Carnival City before a season in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival.

This is the story of a golfing “everyman” – 50 year old Ernie Evans. The “other” Ernie… Not so much the “Big Easy” as the “Little Queasy” – that’s how he feels every time he goes out onto the course to play the game he loves and hates in equal measure.

Ernie has reached a “crossroads” in his life. We discover him scouring the “rough” on the 16th hole of a golf course somewhere in South Africa. He is searching for the fifth ball he has used today (having already lost four!) He takes a stand, vowing not to leave until he has found the ball, played it, and completed his round.

As he trawls the area – his partner long gone, and the sun sinking inexorably in the west – he shares with us the trials, triumphs and tribulations - not only of his game but his entire life. The daunting challenges that each and every one of us must face in our daily lives. His tale is a testament to human resolve – a demonstration that, no matter how overwhelming the obstacles that lie in our paths, through spirit and determination, we shall indeed overcome.

Not The Big Easy runs at Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf from July 9 to August 3 with shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00 (Sunday at 18h00). Tickets R65 (R55 students and pensioners) through Thandeka on 031 305 6889 or online at www.strictlytickets.co.za or www.catalinatheatre.co.za or www.goingplaces.co.za

There will be Buy One Get One Free nights on July 9, 10 and 11. The show is advised Parental Guidance 13.




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