About The Play
What's the most important thing for composer Jerome: a great new work, or his family?
It's sometime in the near future. Composer Jerome has been suffering a creative block. His only company is his beloved music, the ultra-modern recording devices that surround him, and a malfunctioning humanoid robot, NAN 300F.
Jerome has been unable to work since his wife, Corinna, left with their daughter Geain, four years ago. Desperate to see Geain again and hoping she'll release the flood-gates, he engages a young actress, Zoë, to pretend to be his fiancée. He wants to deceive his ex- wife into believing he's a fit person to be allowed to spend time with Geain. But, owing to his obsession with recording every intimate moment, Zoë quits. Can Jerome now re- programme robot Nan to sound and look like perfect Zoë? And what is most important to
Jerome - writing the perfect piece of music on the subject of love - or being back with his family? Life or Art? Plus - which is better - a robot or a human being?
Much of the ‘futuristic’ technology in the play has come to pass – cellphones, videophones and GPSs. As a result we have set the production in 2013 and updated any obsolete references. ‘Henceforward...’ is not presented very often, as it is technically rather challenging – with more than 30 sound and video clips which need to have been recorded in advance and played on cue.
For further information, email Wendy Goddard or contact 083 414 7003.
“This brilliant play offers an ultimately bleak vision of men, machines and society. But the exhilarating Ayckbournian paradox is that the darker it gets the funnier it becomes”
The Playhouse Theatre presents "Who Did You Say You Were", a farce written and directed by Giles Scott.
On Show: October 23, 2013–November 2, 2013
It is just a Murder Mystery week-end at an English Country Guest House. What could possibly go wrong?
Well, pretty much everything:
Among the guests an off-duty detective is the only one who can see and hear the ghost, a very down-to-earth, recently ‘done in’ bank robber, who wants his murder solved. The detective’s girlfriend is confused as to why their romantic week-end away is being ruined and the rest of the guests are just confused - as to who is whom and why and when and where and what is going on.
Two (or is it three?) apparent murders need to be solved, the Guesthouse owner needs to try and keep the whole chaotic event on track and the dead bank robber’s mates need to find the missing loot.
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Hottentots Holland Dramatic Society (HHDS) will stage the Tony Award winning play AMADEUS in April 2014 at the Playhouse in Somerset West. Director: Philippe Pringiers.
Auditions will be held on Sunday October 27 from 5 pm onwards at the Playhouse Theatre Somerset West (cnr Lourensford & Swalle Rd) for the 9 speaking parts. Non-speaking parts will be auditioned in January.
Rehearsals will be every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 pm and Sunday at 5 pm, although certainly in the early stages of the process, not all actors will be needed at every rehearsal. View the detailed rehearsal schedule.
Actors auditioning will be asked to prepare a piece from the script (see below). In order to streamline the audition, you are encouraged to book your 10 min’s audition slot. Call Philippe on 072 959 1372 or email for further info.
Please click the Read More link below to view the full character descriptions as well as their respective prescribed audition material.
by Clifford Graham, Monday Missile Dot Coza
This intriguing play revealing the "inside" story of life in the theatre world, told in terms of an unscrupulous ingénue's rise to stardom has a way of gripping an audience with it’s many twists and turns.
Many an actor will perhaps relate to an episode in their own experience. The original script for the film “All About Eve” was based on a short story by Mary Orr which first appeared in Cosmopolitan magazine in May 1946. Later it was adapted for stage by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham. From the first to last scenes it fascinates.
Director Celia Musikanth has for this production assembled a cast which in every way are worthy of the challenges of the piece. In performance the play relies heavily of the ability of an actor carry the characters many and constantly varying facets.
Of particular note in this regard were Julie Summers, as the actress Margo Crane and Brian Notcutt as the theatre impresario Clement Howell. These two seasoned actors come to the fore in consummate performances; not surprising given their impressive credentials. David Muller as the companies' stage manager Harvey makes a welcome appearance. As Eve Harrington the seemingly innocent and helpful theatre enthusiast, Erica Schofield took a little while to find her feet in this demanding role, but by half way through the first act she had established a firm grip on the character. Kirsty Cunnington as Karen Roberts the sometimes narrator and wife of the playwright Lloyd Roberts (Nigel Stephenson) gave a very skilled performance.
Celia Musikanth and set designer Jane Philbrick have cleverly chosen a simply arranged set that fits the play very well. A script of this nature can only benefit from an uncluttered environment. Interlude music was well chosen and lighting, while a little dark at times complimented well.
The Wisdom of Eve has been on director Celia Musikanth’s “bucket list” for quite some time. This is her second staging of the play, the first being on the boards in a tiny church hall in Muizenberg in 1998. One can easily see her attraction to the play and all the challenges it presents.
On opening night there were a few minor glitches which were entirely forgivable given the power of the piece and some very strong performances by the cast.
Fine Music Radio – Monday 14 October 2013 – Cape Diary 13:00 to 14:00
“The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham. Directed by Celia Musikanth for the Fish Hoek Dramatic Society. At the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, from Friday 11 – Saturday 19 October 2013.
Reviewer: Ruth Allsopp
How gratifying it was to see a full house and hear the anticipatory buzz at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, last Friday evening. The occasion was the opening night of the Fish Hoek Dramatic Society’s production of “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham, directed by Celia Musikanth.
The early 1950s movie, based on the play and re-named “All about Eve”, won many awards and earned Bette Davis, as the theatrical star Margo Crane, an Oscar.
In 1998, after the fire that destroyed the original Masque Theatre, Musikanth directed this play on a tiny church hall stage. She promised herself that one day she would do the play justice by presenting it on a ‘proper’ stage – which she has now done.
Her dedication to her dream is obvious in her careful casting and direction and in her keen eye for detail. All the actors were audible and had developed fine characterisations.
Julie Summers plays Margo Crane, an acclaimed actress of often difficult temperament. Margo is perhaps just past the height of her career at 45 years of age, but only admits to 35! Summers gives a tour de force performance, with superb variety of vocal and body expression. She effortlessly dominates the stage without going ‘over the top’.
The seemingly innocent Eve Harrington is played by Erica Schofield. Her voice tended to be a little inflexible in the first half, but gained more ‘colour’ later. A certain stiffness in her arms needs to be remedied. Overall, she succeeded in making the audience dislike Eve and applaud Margo’s fierce dismissal of her.
Margo’s closest friend Karen Roberts is the narrator linking the events of the plot. Kirsty Cunnington is most convincing in the role; she has a wonderful economy in her characterisation and wears her basic black costume, with varying coloured jackets and tops, with aplomb.
Brian Notcutt, as Margo’s husband and director Clement Howell, is warm and natural. The playwright Lloyd Roberts, Karen’s husband, is played by Nigel Stevenson, who started rather stiffly, but gradually relaxed into his part.
The smaller roles are well filled:
Aubrey Hindle, sympathetic as the perpetual understudy Jack Marshall;
David Muller as the stage manager Harvey, susceptible to Eve’s wily charms;
Faeron Wheeler as the young actress Vera Franklin, giving her audition pieces most convincingly;
Allison Blair, excelling as “Tally-Ho” Thompson, a prominent journalist, once again impressing with her clear articulation;
Erika Marais as Leila Blake, Margo’s loyal dresser, showing her obvious resentment of Eve through her facial expression.
The main stage was divided between Margo’s dressing room and the library of the Roberts’ country home. Other settings, such as the theatre rehearsal space and a TV studio, were played on the stage apron, left and right. Well executed lighting moved us from place to place. The women’s costumes were excellently chosen, especially those of Margo and Karen, which added theatrical glamour.
“The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham is an intriguing play and the audience on Friday night warmly appreciated the story and the fine acting. It deserves to attract capacity houses during its run.
“The Wisdom of Eve” is showing at the Masque Theatre, Muizenberg, this week on Thursday and Friday at 8:00 pm, and on Saturday at 2:30 and 6:30 pm.
Book by phoning Masque Theatre Bookings or (021) 788 1898 or email Masque Theatre Bookings.
Related article: Lieske Bester's review of The Wisdom Of Eve
THE WISDOM OF EVE, directed by Celia Musikanth for Fish Hoek Dramatic Society runs at the Masque Theatre Muizenberg until 19 October 2013. For bookings contact (021) 788 1898 or book via email. For full details about the production, show times etc. see The Wisdom Of Eve.
LIESKE BESTER REVIEWS.
This is a classic that only improves with age and flawlessly transposes to the here and now – given our obsession with celebrities and the glitter that is not often gold -.
Based on a story that was turned into an award winning film, this smart, sophisticated and bitingly funny showbiz intrigue is where it should be: on stage, with an excellent multi-set designed by Jane Philbrick and defined by synchronized lighting (design Gary Fargher). Stage and auditorium are utilized to maximum effect by creative and realistic detail in direction and decor.
All you need to know about Eve and her story is that her deviousness and machinations make the original serpent look like a rank amateur so you can find out the truth for yourself along the delightfully twisted way.
The director and cast have clearly explored and dug deep into the characterisations and interaction. There isn’t a false note anywhere.
The two antagonists are superbly played by Julie Summers (as long reigning diva Margo Crane) and Erica Schofield (as star struck Eve Harrington), closely matched by Kirsty Cunnington as Karen Roberts.
A personal highlight is the audition scene in Act Two where an aspiring Vera Franklin (played by Faeron Wheeler) impressively out-acts her rival.
Brian Notcutt and Nigel Stevenson as Margo’s and Karen’ husbands respectively supply the balance and a measure of stability to their marital relationships. David Muller’s macho but gullible stage manager and Aubrey Hindle’s aging understudy successfully add to the theatrical integrity of the setting..
Alllison Blair delivers a polished cameo as columnist/reporter “Tally-Ho” Thompson and Erika Marais’ Leila Blake is gentle and comforting.
The play is a little drawn out at times, but the dialogue is star studded with memorable quotes. Don’t delay booking
"The Wisdom of Eve", a gripping and entertaining play about the machinations of life in a famous star’s theatre world.
Fish Hoek Dramatic Society presents The Wisdom of Eve
by Mary Orr and Reginald Denham, at the Masque Theatre
Directed by Celia Musikanth
The well-loved movie classic All about Eve and the hit musical Applause Applause were both adapted from the page-turning play The Wisdom of Eve.
This play is about the machinations of what goes on both onstage and backstage in the theatre world.
Margo Crane (played by Julie Summers) is a glamorous stage star and into her life steps Eve Harrington an ardent “fan”. What follows is an intriguing story which could happen at any given time in the desperate “success at all costs ambition” of stage and screen actors.
Bette Davis played the Oscar-winning role in the movie and the movie itself garnered a record-breaking number of Oscars in its day.
In 1998 Celia Musikanth directed The Wisdom of Eve in a little church hall to great acclaim – she feels it deserves to be staged in a real theatre. Be prepared to be totally engrossed by this intriguing play with a stellar cast.
Fri. 11 Oct at 20:00,
Sat. 12 Oct at 14:30 and 18:30,
Thu. 17, Fri. 18 at 20:00,
Sat. 19 Oct. at 14:30 and 18:30.
Matinées and Thursday evening R60 (Theatre Club R50),
other evenings R70 (Theatre Club R60).