Actress Lisa Bobbert gets set to unveil her sizzling new comedy showcase, I Feel Pretty, written by Clinton Marius and directed by Darren King.
What happens when three stars collide? Theatre-goers can expect an explosion of fireworks as Lisa Bobbert, leading lady of the Durban stage, appears in her new one-woman tour-de-force, I Feel Pretty. This latest attraction from MacBob Productions is set to premiere on 23 and 24 June as the headline act on the 25th Anniversary roster of Hilton College Theatre.
Written by acclaimed South African playwright Clinton Marius (Lollipop Lane, B!*ch Stole My Doek, Sweetie Darling) as a virtuoso showcase for Bobbert’s unrivalled comedic talent, I Feel Pretty is directed by award-winning theatre luminary, Darren King (Laughing Wild, Noises Off, Kiss of a Spiderwoman) - who brings his signature showbiz panache to the new work’s premiere staging.
The scene opens in 1972. Angel Erckett has just triumphed in a Miss Teen Queen Beauty pageant, only to be stripped of her title moments later when her tell-tale waistline reveals an all-too-apparent bump in her belly….
Fast-track 15 years, back onto the slippery slopes of another adolescent beauty competition. Angel, now a hard-nosed showbiz mum, again takes centre-stage as she pushes ahead for her daughter Emerald to seize the crown as 1987’s Miss Teen Queen. While she prepares to knock her arch nemesis, Denise (and her daughter Cherise) out of the contest, Angel determines to make good her own lost dream through her Emerald’s winning the title (Think Honey Boo-Boo meets Gypsy Rose Lee).
As the plot unravels the redoubtable Ms Bobbert freewheels gleefully through a cavalcade of all-too recogniseable, behind-the-scenes persona, graphically plucked from the go-getting world of talent-scouting.
I Feel Pretty is laced with outrageous renditions of ’80s Latin, Tap and Tango numbers, with la Bobbert putting her inimitable stamp on songs such as Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made For Walking, Madonna’s Like A Virgin and Jocelyn Pook’s Women’s Magazine Tango.
Lisa Bobbert stars in I Feel Pretty at the Hilton College Theatre on Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 June at 19h30. Tickets are R130 and R150. Booking opens 30 May. To avoid disappointment, advance booking is advised: log onto www.hiltontheatre.co.za or call 033 383 0126.
-Interviews & photos available on request-
Issued by William Charlton-Perkins