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Sunday, July 5, 2015


Reviews from the artSMart team currently in Grahamstown at the 2015 National Arts Festival

Highly amusing and courageous play deals with issues that are often ignored. (Review by Khinali Bagwandeen)

Love & Prozac was initially not on my agenda, but it was one of the funniest and most entertaining shows I have watched yet. The show was directed by John Trengove and was a comedic autobiographical showcase into the life of Sonia Esgueira.

Esgueira transitions through 13 different characters, all completely hilariously explored in their own unique way. The setup for the performance worked impeccably in its simplicity and, with just the bare minimum, Esgueira has the audience in stitches from beginning to end with her endless sequence of hysterical monologues.

The character who has crossed the “dirty thirty single” mark goes through sleazy sugar daddy’s, speed dating, one night stands, sangomas and even spiritual journeys through India. Within the hour that the performance took place, the stereotypes we personally know were revealed in the most entertaining manner.

Love & Prozac is a courageous play, it deals with issues that are often ignored or nattered down as nothing major. There are plenty of women who are able to relate with at least one part of Sonia’s journey. A determined woman who sets out into the figurative world to find love, but returns finding herself, this is something that the audience can surely take home apart from the stomach cramps from laughing for 60 minutes straight.

Love & Prozac is showing every day of the National Arts Festival at Kingswood Theatre at 21h30. - Khinali Bagwandeen

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