David Mamet’s notorious one-act dark comedy filled with profanity and regional jargon that reflects the working-class language of 1970s Chicago. A young couple, illustrator Deborah (Melissa Haiden) and office manager Danny (Alistair Moulton Black), fall in love but their relationship soon suffers horribly through their suspicion-sowing “best friends”, sexist-ranting macho, Bernie (Pierre Malherbe), and cynical elementary school teacher, Joan (Marlisa Doubell). Heading up the team is Fleur du Cap Life-Time Achievement Award-Winning director, Professor Chris Weare.
This was Mamet’s first hit play that put him on the map as a playwright in 1974 – and shocked Chicago in the process! By today’s standards, the play is rather tame, but certainly addresses timeless issues such as the misunderstandings that can complicate sexual relationships and the way some people wreck others’ happiness in the name of saving it.
This masterpiece, with undercurrents of loneliness, hope, and tragedy, forms part of the national curriculum for Drama and Literature in many states of America and is studied world-wide.
Hot on the heels from the Edinburgh Festival, where he directed two shows, Professor Chris Weare returns to South Africa to tour ‘Vigil’ and direct ‘Sexual Perversity in Chicago’ for the Sugar-daddy Theatre Company.
Newly established in 2010, Sugar-daddy is a boutique theatre company based in Cape Town, which seeks to make independent theatre possible by way of sponsorship and profit-share.
Sugar-daddy was awarded the ‘People’s Choice’ Fleur Du Cap earlier this year for their 2012 production ‘I am Hamlet’.
Venue: Intimate Theatre, 37 Orange Street, Cape Town
Dates: 21st September – 5th October 2013, 8pm (excluding Sundays, Mondays, and Public holidays)
Price: R80 (Students/Pensioners/SAGA Members R70)
Strictly no under 18s
Tickets available through Computicket
Stand-by tickets available at the door on the night (full price only)
Special Offers: ‘Early Bird’ tickets, R50, available through Computicket
‘Half Price Tuesday’, R40, on Tuesday, 1st October.
Melissa Haiden, Alistair Moulton Black, Pierre Malherbe, Marlisa Doubell