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YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE (article first published : 2000-07-11)

Following a successful season of Pick Ups, the Playhouse Cellar has decided to stay with another dramatic, rather than musical, show with You Might As Well Live. This entertaining production offers a portrait of American poet and writer Dorothy Parker who was considered the "wittiest woman in New York". Her quip "men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" is still used today!

Written and directed by Brenda Lauth, the show features Belinda Harward and Michael Gritten who both recently appeared in the smash hit Popcorn, the first production of the new theatre company KickstArt which ran at Kwasuka Theatre for six weeks.

Not only a "wit", Dorothy Parker was also a consummate writer of short stories, one of which is used in this production. She was also a poet of some repute and a feared theatre critic. This provocative and entertaining play takes an amusing, albeit sometimes poignant, look at her life, the times in which she lived, and her many affairs. It also looks at her relationship with the writer Robert Benchley (famous for his hilarious Treasurer's Report - also part of this production) who she knew and loved for many years. Both Dottie and Benchley were founder members of the famous Algonquin Round Table or Vicious Circle as it became known and they worked together on the glossy American magazine Vanity Fair.

The show runs from July 12 to 30 from Tuesday to Saturday at 20h30 (R95) with a Sunday bonus performance at 19h30 (R70). There is no performance on July 15.

Tickets include a three-course meal. Book at TicketWeb outlets or ww.ticketweb.cop.za. Credit card bookings via Dial-A-Seat on (031) 369-9444. For group bookings, call Pat on (031) 369-9505.




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