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COMIN’ ATCHA (article first published : 2001-09-20)

Described as “a politically incorrect show”, Comin’ Atcha is the latest play to come from the pen of Shireen James. Recently seen at the DuMarc Cabaret Festival, it features Angela Hawkes and Monique Hebrard as two garrulous sari-clad Indian women preparing a meal for an evening get-together of friends and family.

The stage setting is a garlanded table laden with cooking pot and a multitude of containers, cooking utensils and ingredients. As they randomly stir the pot, throwing in garlic, marsala and other spices, the two exchange gossip and lewd jokes. Serious inroads into a bottle of sherry helps loosen tongues and confessions of their recent affairs come bubbling forth – the details of which are enjoyed by both with much relish.

At the end of the show, they make a devastating discovery which could seriously impair their relationship. But these indomitable ladies are survivors and their friendship stronger than the vagaries of the male species. They make a decision … and revenge is sweet!

The laugh lines come fast and furious in what is Shireen James’s best comedy show to date. She has already impressed with previous dramatic plays since her first production Alice Threw the Looking Glass but Comin’ Atcha reveals a fine flair for comedy.

Angela Hawkes and Monique Hebrard tend to take the pace too fast, not giving their audience enough chance to laugh and enjoy the humour. But no doubt this will settle down as they present more performances.

Comin’ Atcha will be performed every Wednesday at 20h00 during September at Blu at 226 Stamford Hill Road. Tickets R20. The show will also have three performances at the Playhouse Cellar on September 21, 22 and 23.

To book contact (031) 303-2421 or 072 223-3475.




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