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Sunday, July 20, 2014


(Clinton Philander in Rasta style)
Fun and entertaining show with lots of good lines and ironic humour. (Review by Caroline Smart)

Clinton Philander has long been one of Durban’s favourite performers. We then lost him to the Barnyard circuit and only saw him occasionally. Fans will be delighted to know that he’s now back in town and determined to go it alone.

In a show written and directed by Verne Rowin Munsamy, this “fun-size” or “sample pack” (as he calls himself), takes on the role of a secret agent working for MI8. His mission? To rescue the Chalice of Youth before the dreaded Dr B Secret gets it.

Working as his bodyguards and guides are three lovely young ladies –blonde and ditsy Lisa Heathman; tall and elegant Nadine Oberholzer and diminutive powerhouse Amanda Kunene. The movement has been choreographed by the dancers themselves, who appear in a numerous array of revealing costumes. Their character names? Penny Pleasebottom, Felicity Fullkupski and Jenny Jerkov ... you get the picture!

Special Agent Clint is working on clues and directions from MI8 which are relayed to him through his three “angels”. For some strange reason, MI8 is giving them the run-around, sending the search around the world. They arrive at a destination, only to find that the elusive chalice has since been moved to another country.

This global journey allows for a range of appropriate songs for the location. Starting off in Holland (I’m too Sexy for my Shirt), they move Paris (Ma Cherie Amour); then to the Taj Mahal; Australia; Bangkok and then to Cape Town where the Chalice of Youth is now said to be on top of Table Mountain. Then it’s off to New York, further south to Jamaica and then to Brazil.

On the way, there’s a hilarious performance of Gangnam Style and much amusement when Our Man Clint – who proudly states that he is “18 with 30 years experience” - gets zonked in Jamaica. Philander is at his best with songs that fit his lower register such as Elvis Presley’s Don’t be Cruel.

The show is fun and entertaining. Showing a good flair for comedy, Munsamy’s script has lots of good lines and ironic humour and Kunene is definitely a talent to watch.

The Catalina foyer area has been upgraded with a newly-polished floor and an improved lighting system installed in the theatre. However, the venue has serious sound problems. Last night’s performance was a frustrating trial all-round for cast, technicians and audience in terms of sound levels, backtracks jumping and amplifier distortion. However, I am assured that these will be fixed on Monday, so next week’s performances should be trouble-free.

Catalina Theatre is in the process of renewing its liquor licence. While the bar only stocks cool drinks, anything stronger is available from Zacks downstairs and, as always, drinks may be taken into the theatre.

Our Man Clint runs until August 3 (no shows Mondays and Tuesdays) at The Catalina Theatre. Show times Wednesdays to Saturdays at 19h30 with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 14h00 Tickets R120 booked through Computicket. For more information contact 031 837 5999 or email: – Caroline Smart