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BOOK CLUB (article first published : 2001-02-1)

The highly popular Gee Jays - Grant Bell, John Didlick and Gary McKenzie - have made their mark around South Africa as a comic force to be reckoned with. Their latest production Book Club takes witty and animated look at the intriguing "book club" phenomenon.

"All around the country, women gather together on a monthly basis to ostensibly discuss books, but a lot more happens than meets the eye or so we are led to believe," says producer Gary McKenzie.

Obviously to do a show about women calls for a female performer and for the first time the Gee Jays are opening their all-male act to feminine input with vivacious Liesl Coppin (Catch Khalulu and Showgirls). As the Gee Jays set out to enlighten audiences about what they believe actually goes on at book club meetings, Liesl Coppin is there to make sure the story is told the right way. The fun begins as she introduces the guys to five book club ladies and tells the story of what really goes on behind the scenes.

The show is full of the usual Gee Jays style of wit and cheekiness. Some of the numbers include Oh What A Night, Build Me Up Buttercup, High Upon A Pedestal, Man Eater, Man I Feel Like a Woman, Mustang Sally, Lady Is A Tramp and Tom Jonesí Sex Bomb. Book Club is directed by Belinda Harward with set design by Greg King.

Book Club is running at the Langoustine Theatre by the Sea until March 3. There are low-priced preview performances from January 23 to 31. The show officially opens on February 1 and runs until March 3. Tickets R100 (includes a three-course meal) Wednesday to Saturday performances and R79 (two-course meal) on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Book through The Langoustine or Computicket. Credit cards call (031) 304-2753 or on the internet on http//www.computicket.com




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