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CASSANDRA @ No.77 (article first published : 2008-07-17)

Cassandra @ No.77 is a dark comedy written and produced by Pranesh Maharaj which will have its first showing at the Comedy Theatre Laboratory at the BAT Centre on July 23.

Cassandra lives at Number 77. Her “boyfriend” moved there with her and she wants to convince him that they need to move again. She plans this talk with her friend Selvan based on the fact that there are “crazies” in that area. We get a chance to look at these crazies and decide for ourselves whether or not Cassandra has a case.

In the process, we meet Sticks who is the local conman and smoker. He decides on a new business venture, among many, that he would proposition his friends. Daya is the old man from down the road who has a significantly American disorder. We learn about how the tragedy of everyday living can hurt ones conscience or conscious. Junaid is living the dream – the Bollywood dream. A gift to ... well, a gift - He has designs to star in a movie whilst it’s being screened. And then there’s Sipho. Your everyday gardener (horticulturist) who has a few ulterior motives; nothing too scary, though. He really is harmless...or is he?

Cassandra doesn’t decide, finally ... you do.

Dished out with wit and tact, Cassandra @ No.77 is made up of the best feast of black comedy available in today’s Durban Metro. The cast features Raquel Barret, Anesh Dusrath, Zaid Bhoola, Lovie Ramasrai and Sibusiso China Ngejane. Direction is by Vivian Moodley.

Cassandra @ No.77 can be seen on July 23 at the Bat Cafè at Durban’s BAT Centre. Tickets R40 available at the Bat Cafe or call 084 760 1096 for bookings.




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