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DEVIL IN DISGUISE (article first published : 2008-08-31)

Veteran actor, writer and director Vivian Moodley has long been a part of the multi-cultural tapestry that represents the Durban theatre and entertainment scene. With his Enact Theatre Company, he is presenting Devil in Disguise which comes to the Catalina theatre after a successful earlier run at Suncoast.

As audience members, 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.

The action moves to earth where Elvis Presley is represented by a vocalist who sings his songs but is a bit short of band support so the foursome pull in to make some good music. Patrick Carl Moodley impresses vocally and his white outfit is suitably Elvis! Supporting roles include that of experienced actor Dhaveshan Govender (The “and all and all” advert) and Deon Chetty (Lotus FM DJ) in his first theatrical appearance.

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 R70 (R35 pensioners and students) and R65 on Tuesdays and Sundays. There is an offer of Buy 1 Get one Free for R70: For corporate block bookings, charity fundraisers and show / meal deals, contact Thandeka on 031 305 6889 or 031 305 7612 or e-mail t74@mweb.co.za or tsibisi@mweb.co.za




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