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LAUGHING WILD (article first published : 2004-01-26)

KickstArt’s year at the KwaSuka Theatre opens in early February with Christopher Durang's celebrated two-hander comedy-satire of life in urban American, Laughing Wild, featuring Darren King and Lisa Bobbert and directed by Steven Stead.

A lively, quirky, thought-provoking comedy, Laughing Wild touches on supermarket rage, taxi trips from hell, candid sex chat on late night talk-shows, flaky New Age anxiety, the Catholic Church, sexuality, mental illness, AIDS….. and tuna fish. All in no particular order. Think Woody Allen - think Homer Simpson – think Ally McBeal – think Niles and Frasier Crane…..

It is an extraordinarily funny journey of two outrageous, neurotic individuals into the thinly crusted underworld of madness. The catalyst - an aisle in a supermarket, and the weapon at hand - a tin of tuna!

Laughing Wild is a must-be-seen, savagely funny, urban American comedy about the need for relationships and the difficulty in making them. ”If Woody Allen (without the gentling effects of Valium or Prozac) made a guest appearance on Sex and the City, you might come close to the experience of watching Christopher Durang’s outrageous satire on contemporary living,” says Stead (currently in the high-energy comedy The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) at the Catalina).

Following the sell-out successes of Table Manners, Popcorn and Steel Magnolias, KickstArt will mount an exciting new production of this cult classic, which has recently enjoyed several hugely successful seasons in New York and London. Directed by West End-based director, Steven Stead; designed by Durban’s most celebrated creative force, Greg King, and starring the wickedly funny Lisa Bobbert (soon to be seen in the return season of Brutal Tunes) and Darren King (unforgettably flamboyant in Table Manners), this show is definitely one for the diary.

Durang is described by The New Yorker as “One of the funniest men in the world”, but sensitive viewers should note that this play contains strong language and adult themes.

Laughing Wild runs at the Kwasuka Theatre from February 10 to March 6 with shows from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h00. Tickets R60 (R50 students/pensioners) available at Computicket outlets or on 011 340 8000/083 915 8000. Block bookings for charities, fundraisers or corporate events and social gathering can be arranged at discounted prices. Bring your therapist!




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