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Thursday, July 6, 2017


MacBob Productions bring back old favourites for Festival show. (Review by Caroline Smart)

MacBob Productions – top Durban theatre favourites, Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert – are appearing on the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown with their show Marriage for Dummies. Written and directed by Aaron, they describe the production as “a survival guide for anyone brave enough to take on life’s ultimate challenge”.

Handling the process as a seminar on coping with marriage and the do’s and don’ts, the inimitable pair rollick through songs and dialogue keeping the audience highly amused throughout as is their wont.

The show brings back old favourites such as the dominating Charmaine and her nerdy husband Bruce who are running the seminar. Well, that is to say that Charmaine runs it and Bruce occasionally gets a word in edgeways. Then there are the car guard couple Koos and Delphine and the ever popular fast-talking know-it-all Vijay.

The seminar looks at things like Six Stages of Separation and points that are positive as well as putting a new spin on Investments and Returns. They change lyrics of popular songs to suit the subjects such as “That’s Amore” to “That’s Annoying” – all ending up with the message that “Love is a doing word.”

Expect full-on energy from start to finish from the vivacious Lisa and the whacky Aaron. This is a highly talented pair who show no signs of flagging after an impressive couple of decades appearing either individually or as a duo.

There are two more performances: tomorrow (July 7) and July 8 at 14h00 at Kingswood Theatre in Grahamstown. – Caroline Smart