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SANTANA (article first published : 2002-08-31)

I have to confess that I am really not very familiar with the works of Carlos Santana. Before I went to see the show at the Cellar, that is. Now I’m hooked. It’s a wonderful Latin blend of passion, sultry sound, good lyrics and unbelievably infectious rhythm.

After presenting Bus Stop earlier this year, Stuart Mey has chosen to pay tribute to Carlos Santana in a show simply titled Santana - and that pretty much sums up the production. It’s simple and honest – and deliberately so. No attempts at turning it into a “supper theatre” genre, no fancy costumes, choreography or sets – although there are a couple of fun palm trees and some colourful toucans on the drum kit. Just a bunch of musos making good music.

The “musos” are Stuart Mey himself with Dave Arnold, Bruce Boom and Ian Webster, all of whom appeared in Bus Stop with some welcome new faces on the theatre scene – Tory Cassells (19), Rowan Stuart (18) and Andy Turrell (21). Although the latter two can hardly be described as novices. They worked together in Themi Venturas’s production The Guitar That Rocked the World and Andy has performed in many shows since then, some of them with his well-known gravel-voiced bass player father Glen Turrell.

Stuart Mey is committed to furthering young talent, offering them the valuable opportunity to work with seasoned experienced musicians. He showcases his cast’s versatility to the full, moving them around to perform on different instruments. He also extracted much humour from introducing three Santanas – the “senior” (Bruce Boom); the “tall” (Andy Turrell) and the “young” (Rowan Stuart). I would have liked to have heard Rowan in more than one solo item as he is fast becoming an accomplished singer.

A good line-up of musical talent covering 30 years of the now-legendary Santana’s classic sound which mixes salsa and mambo-style percussion in varying moods.

Although opening night got off to a fairly underplayed start with Oye Como Va and nerves were much in evidence, the show improved as it went along with Black Magic Woman and Samba Pa Ti. By the second act it was steaming through numbers like Maria Maria, She’s Not There and Well Alright. Mention should be made of Curt Frederick’s highly effective lighting.

You can’t sit still if you have an ounce of rhythm in your body and it might be a fun idea to introduce cool drink can shakers as in a previous Latin American show at the Cellar so that the audience can feel more part of the show.

Tickets R50 for the show and R55 for an optional three-course meal. On the starter menu are: a tasty Orange Vegetable Soup with the inclusion of a stewed apple although the helping was fairly large; a large baked Mushroom with Camembert, and Roast Mediterranean Vegetable Salad which I found a little bland. In keeping with the Latin feel of the show, the chef has introduced some spice to the main courses with a Chicken & Broad Bean Curry (very pleasant and not hot, by any means); a tangy Fillet of Beef rubbed in black peppercorns and ground chilli and Line Fish topped with a coconut Thai curry sauce. For dessert there’s a definitely decadent rich Chocolate Pot topped with coffee liqueur; Pear & Rhubarb Crumble served with mocha cream and a Date, Chocolate & Coconut Pastry Case.

Performances Tuesday to Saturdays at 20h30. Book at Computicket or the Playhouse. Group bookings on 083 486-3271.




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