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DEVIL IN DISGUISE (article first published : 2008-09-9)

Veteran actor, writer and director Vivian Moodley and his Enact Theatre Company, will present Devil in Disguise at Catalina Theatre, after its successful appearance at Suncoast in November last year.

Billed as “a musical romp through the underworld, the cast includes Vivian Moodley himself with Pranesh Maharaj, Selvan “Tin Tin” Pillay, YasmIn Seedat, Patrick Carl Moodley and Lovie Ramasrai.

“You will have guessed by the title that Elvis Presley has something to do with it all, this being one of his most popular songs,” Caroline Smart wrote in her review of the show at Suncoast on November 16 last year. She continued …

“But let’s start at the beginning. We discover we are at the entrance to Hell. There is a sign indicating that new arrivals should take a number and wait in line. The dude in charge is a giggling camp Demon played by Pranesh Maharaj who garners most of the laughs throughout the show and particularly in the beginning, as he spots well-known personalities standing in the various lines allocated to politicians, criminals, etc.

“Into the scenario glides the sepulchral Grim (as in the Grim Reaper) who doesn’t say a lot but his deep tones offer much humour to his scant dialogue. Selvan “Tin Tin” Pillay gets to duck out of his disguise so we can enjoy his facial expressions later in the production.

“Grim has brought the latest entrant to Hell. Vivian brings the right level of fun to the character of the hapless Deepnarain, who can’t understand what he’s doing in Hell but vaguely remembers it might have had something to do with the fact that he was visiting a girlfriend at the time and her husband came home unexpectedly … armed with a gun!

“We discover that Deep’s appearance in Hell has been manipulated by The Lahnee, as the glamorous boss is known. In a very undevil-like move, The Lahnee announces that she’s always wanted to be a singer and instructs her Demon, Grim and Deep to accompany her to earth so that she can indulge her fantasies. On earth, Elvis Presley is represented by a vocalist who sings his songs but is a bit short of band support, so the foursome pulls in to make some good music. Patrick Carl Moodley impresses vocally and his white outfit is suitably Elvis!”

Devil in Disguise makes for a highly amusing evening out. Smoke and flame machines add to the atmosphere and, appropriately, blood red is the major costume colour! The production is a good choice for corporate production or fundraisers and is rated PG13.

Devil in Disguise runs at Catalina Theatre from September 10 to 21. Tickets R65 (R30 pensioners and students) Buy One Get One Free offer on Tuesdays and Sundays. For corporate block bookings, charity fundraisers and show / meal deals, contact call Thandeka on 031 305 6889 / 305 7612 or email t74@mweb.co.za or tsibisi@mweb.co.za




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