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BRIDESMAID AND MY CV (article first published : 2008-04-14; last edited : [an error occurred while processing this directive])

Two top one-woman shows, Bridesmaid and My CV, will have a short season at the Catalina Theatre in Wilson’s Wharf from April 16 to 27.

Both productions are written and performed by Durban-born and Cape Town-based actor Mary Steward and both are directed by Musho festival director, Emma Durden.

Bridesmaid – an hour-long one-woman comedy - was performed at both the Musho and Grahamstown festivals last year and looks at the premise of being “Always the bridesmaid – never the bride!” It takes a hilarious view of one woman who has been a bridesmaid seven times. We laugh through a decade of bad dresses and drunken dancing. Her reflections on these relationships, families, décor and disasters, lead her towards her own discovery of herself.

A Cue reporter described the show as “MOST enjoyable! It was easy to forget that we were part of the audience; it was like having a chat with a good mate over a glass of wine and laughing with her as she reminisced about her bridesmaid’ days. Clever audience interactions with a gifted and convincing performer. Go and see her show”

My CV: ‘one woman@work’ was runner-up for the audience favourite award as well as the Sulliman Selection prize at this year’s Musho festival. The play is a humorous and insightful look at what we’re supposed to be in the world. What are we ‘working’ towards?

Mary Steward tries to work it out from the early questions of : “ What do you want to be when you’re big?” to choosing subjects in high school and attempting to find a general direction thereafter to eventually staring at a business card wondering : “Is this it? Am I really a sales co-ordinator?”

The actress references her own life and the colourful characters that make up the journey towards career clarity. We meet scary maths teachers, frustrated secretaries and the general public who approach her for service at the Clinique counter in London. The familiar corporate jargon sprouting brand managers and fast talking sales people will have you laughing as you recall encounters with such characters in your own life.

Gisele Turner of the Daily News wrote, “… Steward is an engaging and charming performer, her physicality is buoyant and energetic and she has a real handle on accents, authentic characterization and comic timing….it reaped the enthusiastic laughs and applause that it deserved and proved that Steward has a magical talent for light theatre.”

There are schools performances of “My CV” on April 18, 24 and 25 at 10h00. Tickets R30 or R25 for block bookings of more than 20 learners.

Bridesmaid takes place nightly at 20h00 (except Thursday and Sunday) and My CV runs on Thursdays at 20h00 and Sundays at 18h00 only. Tickets R60 (R30 Scholars and pensioners). In a Double Decker special offer, you can buy tickets for both shows at R100. Both shows are comedies - suitable for all ages, and last for 55 minutes. For more information or to book, contact the Catalina Theatre on 031 305 6889.




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