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D.O.F. (article first published : 2007-08-11)

With criminals ever on the increase, it may comfort some to know that an ace criminal expert is on the case. Aaron McIlroy’s outrageous stage comedy D.O.F. is back and set to unleash this popular entertainer’s brand of satire on audiences at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest.

Directed by Steven Stead, D.O.F. casts its own perspectives on the Department of Forensics – taking in the sharp devices of the criminal mind. Aaron McIlroy’s biting one-man show takes the form of a lecture demonstration which coincides with the opening of Diep Kaak, a high-profile new prison. Our host is Joel Liebenberg, Chief Forensics Officer at D.O.F. (The Department of Forensics).

“Nothing defines humans better than their willingness to do seemingly irrational things in pursuit of phenomenally unlikely pay-offs,” says Joel. “This is illustrated by the likes of lotteries, religion and, in my experience, dating.”

Taking part in Joel’s lec.dem, and only too willing to share the limelight, are several inmates who’ve taken up residence in Diep Kaak (they’ve all been caught by Joel). These shady characters include Dr Norman Lectum, self-proclaimed artist, psychologist and alternative lifestyle guru; Connie Naaiman (a local politician); Pepe “Grande” Gonzales, a vertically-challenged Hispanic drug mule; and the ubiquitous Veejay, who declares he’s the only innocent person in Diep Kaak…

Cover songs featured in the show include hits by Super Tramp, Monty Python, Enrique Iglesias, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, Shaggy and Lou Read.

D.O.F. runs from August 14 to September 16 at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 19h00 for 20h30 (Sundays at 12h30 for 14h00). Tickets R175 (R150 Tuesdays and Sundays) include a two course meal and the show. Booking is advised on 031 765 4197.




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