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Saturday, February 8, 2020


(Marion Loudon & Lisa Bobbert. Pic by Michelle Petersen)

When the audience has as much fun as the performers and vice versa then the show must go on! (Review by Adrienne Lansdell)

A stage housing only two microphones, a bar table and a bottle of water, gave no hint of the explosive energy about to fill the room.

Durban’s adored leading ladies of the stage, Lisa Bobbert and Marion Loudon, in their alter ego roles as “dance moms”, Di and Val, take their audience with them as they song-fully and humorously navigate the few ups and many downs of DIY fundraising for their daughters’ dance trip to Las Vegas.

Undeterred by the late cancellations of entertainers “Elvis Chetty” and “Yvonne Chaka”, and a last-minute venue cancellation, Di and Val decide to stage the LGBT (La Lucia’s Got Big Talent) show themselves. Loudon set the pace by singing These Boots Are Made For Walking, a song loved by the audience.

Beyonce’s Single Ladies performed by both artists was beautifully choreographed and led to much laughter about “absent ex-husbands” and leaves no doubt that these entertainers love performing together, have a good rapport, enjoy interacting with the audience and simply having fun together.

Pre-recorded dialogue and lots of humorous banter between Di and Val, two super-confident middle-aged women ready to conquer the world, create a cleverly-woven thread bringing the story to fruition, and keeping the audience attentive and fully connected.

Where does a man in the audience hide when being sought out by seductive Bobbert belting out Olivia Newton-John’s classic Let’s Get Physical? No place to hide! Staying with Olivia Newton-John, Loudon stunned in an elegant long silver and white gown as she sang Xanadu. The audience was mesmerised by the polished performances.

Moments that felt like an oasis in a field of comedy came when Loudon sang Lady Gaga’s Always Remember us this Way (A Star is born). No-one stirred. This happened again as Bobbert sang It’s all coming back to me by Celine Dion. Beautiful songs, beautifully executed.

Diva Lost Vegas is happy theatre for all who seek a fun-filled experience.

Performances take place at Rhumbelow Theatre, Tina’s Hotel, in Kloof tonight (February 8) at 20h00 and tomorrow (February 9) at 14h00. (The theatre venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks).

Tickets R160 (R140 pensioners and students with a valid student card) and tables seat 8. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises).  Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available.  Booking is through Computicket, or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 8 or more) on 082 499 8636, or email: or visit

(Patrons are welcome to book for dinner or lunch at Tina's Restaurant before the show:  Call 031 764 7843 to book.)

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof. - Adrienne Lansdell

“Diva Lost Vegas” also runs at Rhumbelow Durban from February 14 to 16, 2020.