Hit comedy ‘7 Deadly Sins’ opens in Sandton

Fresh from the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert bring their ‘wicked comedy’ to Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton, for a short season opening 14 July 2015. In this, their latest stage showcase, McIlroy and Bobbert take an irreverent and hilarious look at the seven deadly sins of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride…

 

Hailed as ‘an artistic triumph’ by respected Durban-based theatre critic, Gisele Turner, the show embraces a kaleidoscope of side-splitting scenarios set to have audiences clutching their abs and hanging onto their seats.

Reviewing the show’s 2014 premiere staging at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (as published on the Going Places and Artslink websites), Turner wrote: “Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert share the stage in this latest comedy from MacBob Productions, a slick, clean, outrageous comedy that leaves you wishing there was another act. Directed by arch perfectionist Steven Stead and co- scripted by Sue Monteregge, ‘7 Deadly Sins’ is deliciously absurd theatre, made palatable through all-round excellence and terrifying relevance.”  

 

“Arts practitioners who choose to delve into no-go areas and rub salt into the wounds of taboos generally sit on the outskirts of mainstream theatre, largely unknown and often living on bread and peanut butter. The extraordinary achievement of McIlroy and his life partner Bobbert, is that they swing way out on the tandem of outrageous and the general public love it. This in itself is an amazing accomplishment, possibly worth a thesis, as it is a rare phenomenon.”

 

“How do they do it? Together McIlroy and Bobbert have inexhaustible energy, they are both multi-skilled and super versatile, they both house sharp intelligent brains in those pretty heads of theirs and experience has made them fearless. In ‘7 Deadly Sins’, they bring all the wealth of years of performance experience which has honed their already considerable skills to an enviable high-shine patina. Any theatre practitioner watching them work seamlessly together will recognise what it takes to get to their level of expertise and can but stand open-mouthed in admiration.”

 

“Our audiences are hugely fortunate to have MacBob productions contributing their high quality comedic theatre productions. ‘7 Deadly Sins’, is, in my opinion, one of their best productions to-date, a feat of extreme talent married to the highest level of professionalism. The script is mean, clean and deadly. The characters are some of the saddest, dumbest people in our society. This can easily be missed as we hoot with laughter at their antics, but from the suave, egoistic, phony TV presenters to the poor fellow who has lost his remote in his folds of fat, we are looking at a society that has lost the plot.”

“The seven deadly sins, identified by all mystics and religious leaders as those human attributes that prevent us from attaining spiritual understanding, have plagued man since he fell from grace. Greed, lust, gluttony, pride, wrath, envy and sloth are the known enemies, foes that need to be driven off through discipline, self-denial and ultimately, love. However, the entire world suffers all its woes as a result of their rampant colonisation and ‘7 Deadly Sins’ takes a strangely combined compassionate cynicism to the subject.”

 

 “Behind the very, very funny vignettes which appear to extol the virtues of the vices there is a serious and scary message. Corruption, disease, dictatorship, war, famine and suffering spring from the uncontrollable deadlies; encouraging them, or as the MacBob team put it, debunking their myths, is a subtle act of reminding us that man has lost his way. And nobody could do it better than they do. Have your laugh, by all means. I laughed till I cried at the superbly orchestrated antics of two artists at the top of their game.”

 

“McIlroy and Bobbert are supported by a team of top-class practitioners and ‘7 Deadly Sins’ runs like a Swiss clock. Set, lighting, sound, video projection and costumes (costumes!!) are all impeccable. This production is an artistic triumph in every way.”

 

Performances of Seven Deadly Sins between 14 and 25 July at Auto & General Theatre on the Square are at 8.15pm (Tuesdays to Fridays) and at 6pm and 8.30pm (Saturdays). Ticket prices are R140 per person (Wednesdays to Saturdays) with concessions at R100 for students and pensioners. Half price tickets at R70 per person are available on Tuesdays.  Booking is through Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901 or online as www.strictlytickets.com

 

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ISSUED BY WILLIAM CHARLTON-PERKINS

 

 

 

 

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