(John Didlick, Grant Bell & Gary McKenzie)
Gee Jays are true to their formula of good music, laughter and fun. (Review by Keith Millar)
Durban’s veteran cabaret group the Gee Jays, featuring Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell, are something of an entertainment enigma. Thirty-two years of using the same formula in creating their shows and they are still pulling audiences.
Their latest offering, And That’s When the Trouble Started…, which is enjoying a run at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Umbilo has all the good music, good fun and corny humour one has come to expect from a Gee Jay music revue. Including the usual “doff’ and smutty acts from Didlick.
Watching the show is a bit like donning a favourite old track suit. It is comfortable warm and familiar.
The production takes a look at relationships and what not to say to your spouse if you wish to keep the peace. The jokes, ribald comments and quips come thick and fast and are delivered with aplomb by these experienced performers.
Other than a nod at more modern music with One Direction’s History and the Michael Bublé song Nobody but Me, the group stick to their tried and tested prescription of golden oldies.
Included are songs from the Beach Boys, Paul Simon, the BeeGees, Procal Harem, The Rolling Stones, Lobo, Roy Orbison and Dire Straits.
Also included are a few comedy songs, a medley of reggae music and a version of Cliff Richards Living Doll which features a blow-up doll, and to round it off some nice heavy rock.
The Gee Jays are true to their formula of good music, laughter and fun with this production. It is a formula which seems to be enjoyed by their fans and as a result they won’t be disappointed by this show.
And That’s When the Trouble Started runs at the Durban Rhumbelow Theatre for a further four performances: March 10 and 11 at 20h00 and on March 12 at 14h00 and 18h30. The venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner.
Tickets R150. Large group booking discounts are available for 20 or more. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://events.durbantheatre.com
Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo. – Keith Millar