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NATURAL WOMEN (article first published : 2003-03-15)

With her production Natural Women currently running in the Playhouse Cellar, singer Jane Candow promises no “false images, nothing clever, no hidden messages”. And the show is just that – unpretentious, easy-going entertainment. What it does offer, though, are three new faces to the city’s supper theatre circuit and this in itself is a good reason to see it.

Jane Candow, has been in the business for a good number of years, initially as a folk singer and frontliner for a band as well as the duo Inter-Alia with her husband Paul. Tall and elegant she is the driving force of the show and I enjoyed her Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?.

Roz Tarr is certainly no stranger to the local music scene. Having started her singing career at the age of 15, she moved to Cape Town where she played the jazz circuit. Her powerful and dramatic interpretation of jazz numbers is seen to good advantage in this show.

The “baby” of the trio is Mariette Heenop. Trained in opera, she is making her professional debut with Natural Women. Tonight saw her a little unsure of herself but this reed-slim and charming performer has a great voice and the potential to go places. Because of her classical training she handles Lloyd Webber numbers with ease.

With songs suited to the individual voices, the programme is wide-ranging from Mr Sandman, Aquarius and All Around My Hat to Wuthering Heights, Mr Postman and Fever. Successful numbers were Roz’s Unbreak my Heart and I Know Him so Well which she sang with Mariette as well as California Dreaming and Dream a Little Dream from the whole cast.

The set is attractively draped and costumes and props are minimal, apart from two theatrical masks placed at the sides of the stage which offer a fascination as they take on different characteristics with the lighting changes. Rather inexplicably, there is a small rostrum placed stage right which seems to offer no useful purpose other than to be stood on occasionally!

Paul Candow’s backing tracks were good and unintrusive but while the show has an engaging honesty, it could do with some strong direction. The choreography is at times contrived and the younger performers need to learn to find the light and stay in it!

Tickets R120 include a three-course meal. The Cream of Asparagus Soup was enjoyable with Mussels in Garlic and White Wine Sauce as an option. Fish Skewers contained tasty and sweet-sour spiced cuts of line fish and the Rack of Lamb was succulent but difficult to handle – ask for it to be separated in the kitchen if you’re not a good carver! There is a Vegetable Chow Mein main course option and dessert is a Chocmint Mousse which was pleasant and not too rich.

Booking through Playhouse Dial a Seat or Computicket on 031 369 9555 or 083 915 8000 – Caroline Smart




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