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EXPLETIVE DELETED (article first published : 2007-01-14)

It takes some doing for an actor to hold an audience's attention on his own for an hour. Thomie Holtzhausen does this admirably in Expletive Deleted, a one-man show written by Janet van Eeden and directed by Ian Roberts, which is currently appearing on the Musho Festival.

Hannes is a human firewall, employed by a gorgeous boss, Kitiwe, to screen employee e-mails for obscenities. He describes his infatuation over her, his needy mother and the accusations of sexual harassment brought against him by another beautiful co-worker, Leratu. This strange voyeurism results in lust and distrust which both finally push Hannes over the edge.

Thomie Holtzhausen gives an outstanding performance with very effective changes of pace throughout the play, as well as pitch. A minor quibble - although the pacing of the action and delivery were pretty faultless, I found some of the pauses in the third scene a trifle long. There is a very narrow line between tension and boredom. This variation in delivery and levels of excitement cleverly illustrates his deteriorating state of mind - or is this the case?

Writer, director and actor all know their trades and a very worthwhile piece of theatre has resulted. The stage furniture is very effective, a kettle for boiling water (which it did) and a telephone, which always rang perfectly on cue, a computer (obviously, that was his workplace) and a dressing table mirror.

There is one further performance of Expletive Deleted on January 14 at 18h00 at Kwasuka Theatre.

Book tickets through Thandeka at the Catalina on 031 305 6889 or book at the theatre before the show. Maurice Kort




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