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Friday, September 14, 2012


(Aaron McIlroy as Truscott Price. Pic by Val Adamson)

Aaron McIlroy at his inimitable best. (Review by Keith Millar)

Anyone who has worked in the corporate world for any number of years and has had to suffer many motivational speakers will immediately recognize Truscott Price, Aaron Mcllroy’s madcap character and star of The Loser.

Brought back by public demand, this award-winning comedy gave the packed house at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre last night exactly what they asked for. Aaron McIlroy at his inimitable best.

Via his alter ego, Truscott Price, McIlroy takes the audience on a hilarious and energetic journey through the world of motivational seminars and conferences. The relentlessly optimistic Truscott misuses every trick in the motivational speaker’s book, from flash cards to overhead projections, in his attempts to inspire his audience.

And at the drop of a hat, he transforms into a rock and roll singer, in the process doing a very creditable Elvis Presley impersonation.

Truscott is not alone providing the entertainment. McIlroy also introduces a host of other madcap characters who offer hysterical testimonials as to the competence of our motivational speaker. We meet Rocky Typhoon who is a not very bright body-builder, a one-armed Irish chap who is a wannabe river dancer and a very funny young Indian fellow who aspires to be a Bollywood actor.

McIlroy is a master of his craft. He is much more than a stand-up comedian - offering a theatrical comedy presentation which is brilliantly conceived and presented with superb skill.

Directed by Susan Monteregge with lighting by Mike Broderick, The Loser should not be missed by anyone who wants to have a uninhibited and carefree good time. But be warned. You will come home with sore ribs from laughing!

The Loser runs at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until September 23 from Tuesday to Saturday at 19h30 (Sunday at 15h00). Tickets R95 booked through Computicket on 0861 915 800 or online at – Keith Millar