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MUSIC AND MAYHEM (article first published : 2005-09-22)

Ian Von Memerty is no stranger to Durban audiences and his latest production Captain Entertainment in Music and Mayhem is bound to keep his many fans happy. Admitting a long-term fascination for the golden age of variety that movies and television brought to a close, he has structured an easy-going and entertaining show that offers a current take on the variety act.

Captain Entertainment is a super-hero, along the lines of Superman and Spiderman, whose mission is to resuscitate variety and give audiences a fantastic night of entertainment. Dressed in super-hero metallic blue star-studded lycra complete with flowing cape, he opens the show with an amusing and biting musical comment on people who are locked into prejudices. He then goes on to present a 10-act (standard old-style variety show format) line-up.

The use of mini mirror balls and the minimum of lighting (Iím not giving any secrets away) was one of the most enchanting moments of the show, proving that you can achieve theatrical magic without spending thousands on technology. I loved his rendering of Mr Bojangles which reminded us that heís a good song and dance man. His extensive audition piece, presenting Singing in the Rain in a number of different styles, was hilarious. Ever heard Singing in the Rain sung Country & Western or gospel style? Donít miss it!

He produced a potted musical history of South Africa along with all the various dance styles that go with it! Seated at the piano most of the time is the dead-pan Oliver Keys who makes a good foil for the effervescent Von Memerty energy.

Directed by Charmaine Weir-Smith who co-scripted the show with Ian, Music and Mayhem has a short run at the Heritage Theatre in Hillcrest until Sunday. Do buy a programme, itís good fun!

Tickets R150 include a two-course meal and show ticket. The menu offers starters Smoked Salmon, Sweet Potato and Dhall Soup and Roasted Button Mushroom Salad. I chose the latter and enjoyed the nutty taste the maple and mustard vinaigrette gave to the dish. On the main course, thereís Braised Lamb Shank (a Heritage favourite); Murghi Badam (North Indian Chicken Curry); Seafood Creole (my choice which was enjoyable) and Lentil and Pumpkin Baboti. There is an a la carte dessert menu. Bookings on 031 765 4197. Ė Caroline Smart

ĒMusic and MayhemĒ premiered in Grahamstown before going on to appear highly successfully at the recent Witness Hilton Arts Festival. It opens at the Tesson Theatre at the Civic in Johannesburg on October 2 to run until the end of the month.




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