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Sunday, August 1, 2010


(Pic: Tony Bentel, Robert Whitehead and Mark Hawkins)

Mark Hawkins revives all-male, all-madness review in Johannesburg.

Grown men in pink tights, Superman suits and lashings of feathers? It must be the all-male, all-madness musical revue Doo Bee Boobies, which returns to whoop it up in Joburg during August. The infamous cult favourite is returning to show all the young whippersnappers how true-blue comedy revues should be done. That is, with tongue firmly in (butt) cheek!

Screen and stage veteran Robert Whitehead will remind audiences that there’s more to him than villainous wheelings and dealings, and you can also see fellow soapie star Stephen van Niekerk (who has a worrying tendency to take his kit off on stage) in some tantalisingly compromising positions. Singer, dancer, actor, musician and “notorious stripper” Tony Bentel will dazzle with his exhibitionist showbiz flair. And let’s not forget celebrated choreographer Mark Hawkins – he of Durban’s Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company fame – who, together with dancer Ebrahim Medell, will join in the silliness while ensuring that the studs on stage don’t trip over their tutus.

The return season of Doo Bee Boobies will keep the best of the original show, while adding some new, hysterical and (so they tell us) death-defying acts to make it the must-see show of 2010 – with not a soccer ball in sight! Expect zany musical sketches ranging from The Dying Swan to a parody of Memory from Cats, and prepare for a helping of saucy satire that’s anything but a drag, darlings!

Grab some friends, leave the mother grundies at home and settle down for a riotously funny ride that sends up popular culture with a naughty wink.

Mark Hawkins’ Very Very Big Productions will present the grand comeback season of this “very, very expensive” all-singing, all-dancing, all-male revue, at the Joburg Theatre’s Fringe venue from August 5 to 22. You have been warned...! Performances Wednesdays to Saturdays at 20h00 (Sundays at 17h00). Book at Computicket.