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GURU (article first published : 2004-01-28)

Following on from the success of Uncut –The Penis Monologues, Copy Dog Productions presents Guru, a rollicking new comedy about the New Age movement. Directed by Caroline Smart (Brutal Tunes), Guru leaves no sacred cow unpoked as actor-writer Clinton Marius takes a satirical dig at the Age of Aquarius in his newly scripted show.

A wacky assortment of characters roller coaster through the spiritual revolution, touting crystals, waving wands and healing loved ones, pets and dolphins. Adding to the mayhem are conversations with alternative personalities such as Shirley McKleenex, tunes from Dreadlock Steve and his two-string guitar and advice on “How To Become An Expert on the New Age”. Guru ricochets through the subject with zany irreverence.

The highlight of the evening is the arrival of Guru to the rich and famous, Sri Muckerjie Bhuggerwanduster Sunshine, who promises to “shower devotees with cosmic radiance” and prove that laughter is not only the best medicine, it’s the best religion as well.

The production marks the second collaboration between actor Clinton Marius and director Caroline Smart whose special bent has always been for comedy, having learned from masters of the genre during her years with Springbok Radio. Durban was acknowledged as the major comedy creative force of the radio station.

Following its premiere season from February 23 to 28 at the Hexagon Studio in Pietermaritzburg, Guru opens in Durban’s Playhouse Loft theatre where it runs from March 2 to 14. Performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 and Sundays at 18h30. Tickets R50 booked through Computicket (011 340 8000) or Dial-A-Seat on (031 369 9444).




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