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Thursday, September 18, 2014


(Senzo Mthethwa)

Don’t miss this warmly funny show which is all about full-on belly laughs. (Review by Keith Millar)

In 2010 the talented young actor/comedian Senzo Mthethwa took Durban by storm with his hilarious one man show, The Boolulu Uncle. The production went on to entertain sold-out audiences for nine weeks and to win several prestigious awards.

Now he is storming back and making the stage at The Loft Theatre at The Playhouse his own with an insightful, endearing and hilarious sequel entitled The Return of the Boolulu Uncle.

As a young Zulu boy, Mthethwa was raised by an Indian family in Reservoir Hills in Durban. His exposure to the rich and vibrant Hindu culture has given him a unique understanding of the many colourful and unusual characters that have been part of his life. Along with input from co-writers and the directors of the production, Kumseela and Koobeshen Naidoo, he uses this knowledge to relate heart-warming and charming stories of his family life, and of his coming of age.

Mthethwa is a talented and skilled performer. He has tremendous charm and lights up the stage with superb delivery and impeccable comedy timing. His audience is introduced to, amongst several others, his family members, a witchy aunt, a driving test inspector and unsympathetic school teacher, while he also relates stories of circumcision, castor oil and playing the tabla drums at religious festivals.

Mthethwa obviously has deep affection for the many characters he parodies. While his tongue is firmly in his cheek at all times, he is never disrespectful or offensive. The result is a warmly funny show which is not about grinning or chuckling along but about full-on belly laughs. Your ribs are left aching at the end.

The Return of the Boolulu Uncle is produced by the prolific Dingalings Production Company. This is their fifth production for the year. Under the creative leadership of Kumseela and Koobeshen Naidoo the Dingalings deserve kudos for the tremendous work they are doing in the growth and development of theatre in our city. All the principals of the company have day jobs and their theatre work is carried out after-hours. In the circumstances, it is quite an achievement to turn out work of this quality.

The Return of the Boolulu Uncle is a comedy with a difference. It is wonderfully performed and highly entertaining. If you enjoy a good laugh, and who doesn’t, don’t miss this show.

The Return of the Boolulu Uncle runs at the Playhouse Loft Theatre until September 21. Shows are  Wednesday to Saturday at 20h00 with an additional  show on Saturday and Sunday at 15h00. Tickets R100. Book through Computicket online or the Shoprite/Checkers Money Market desk. – Keith Millar