lTHE BAT CENTRE: Have a Laugh, Save a Life!. A comedy show to help raise funds for cancer victim, nine-year-old Rose-Leigh Usher’s stemcell transplant. Friday. Comedians Dusty Rich, Jem Atkins, Carvin H Goldstone, Neil Green, Lil Paul, Se-Anne, Liam Johns and others will keep you entertained from 8pm. R100 at Computicket, Shoprite Checkers,or the door.
lRHUMBELOW THEATRE: Le Chop Royale stages Friday to Sunday. Meet Benson Schwenson, a self-confessed ego-maniac who uses his fame and fortune to provide opportunities to those less fortunate as part of his quest towards enlightenment. Outrageous comedy. Suitable for ages 14 and older. Written by Cobus van Heerden with directorial assistance from Liam Magner and David Gouldie, and performed by Van Heerden. Bring picnic baskets. R100 at Computicket, phone 031 205 7602 or e-mail [email protected]
lBARNYARD THEATRE: You get the ultimate beach party experience in Surf’s Up, running until March 3. Surf’s Up will take you to exotic musical destinations such as Jamaica, where you can dance the night away to the sounds of Bob Marley and UB40. Then head to California for the vibe of The Beach Boys, and on to Miami with bikini girls Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow. Let’s not forget the South African beach party with the magic of Mango Groove. Tickets: R140 from Wednesday to Saturday, R105 every Tuesday night, and R95 for the Sunday matinée. For bookings, contact 031 566 3045.
lHERITAGE THEATRE: Back by popular demand for its fourth season is The Jazz Singer, a tribute to Neil Diamond. It features Barry Thompson, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew and Shaun Draght. It will be fronted by Grant Bell of The Gee Jays. Ends Sunday. Book by calling 031 765 4197. Tickets, which include a two-course meal, are R195 for Wednesday to Saturday shows and R165 for Sunday lunch.
lELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: KickstArt presents Twitch, the world premiere of a new South African comedy by Robert Fridjhon, about two harassed couples in a bird hide during a birding weekend competition. Runs Thursday to Sunday. Stars Tim Wells, Lisa Bobbert, Jailoshini Naidoo and Iain Robinson. Directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King, with lighting design by Tina le Roux. Shows: 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday, 2pm and 6pm Sunday. Tickets: R130, R100 for pensioners and students.
All bookings at Computicket. For block bookings of 10 or more, and for early bird group booking specials, contact Ailsa Windsor at 083 250 2690, or e-mail [email protected]
lCOURTYARD THEATRE: Dr Pamela Tancsik directs a compilation of five knock-about absurdist comedy sketches from cult Bavarian writer Karl Valentin.
Valentin wrote scripts, films, skits and cabaret in 1920s Bavaria. His comic genius inspired and influenced generations of writers, performers, physical theatre practitioners and comedians.
Valentin’s work has been translated from the German by Tancsik and edited by Gisele Turner. Karl Valentin in Africa will present a poignant insight into the timeless genre of absurdist theatre. Runs from Saturday to March 1, with performances starting at 7pm. R35 at the door.
lELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Performance choices for An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! Every night will feature a different show of 90 minutes, because the audience decides what it wants.
It could be Evita Bezuidenhout as a new ANC cadre, or Nowell Fine celebrating 40 years in the public eye. Perhaps a Malema in Gucci or in chains, some Zumas, married or not, a Tutu, a PW or a Pik. Runs February 26 to March 10, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets: R140 at Computicket.
lSUNCOAST CASINO: The Dingalings return with their adult comedy show Dingum on March 1 at 8pm, March 2 at 5pm and 9.15pm, and March 3 at 6pm. No under-18s.
lSIBAYA CASINO: Braz Ouz in Concert is a show of comedy and songs, on March 8 and 9. Mervyn Pillay plays host and ringmaster. The Braz Ouz are Pillay, Lendel Moonsamy, Arnotte Payne, Darrius Pillay and Anesh Dasrath. Tickets available at Computicket. No under 16s.
lSTABLE THEATRE: Inkonyane Engegama (The Calf With No Name), a heart-warming new children’s stage play, runs from March 12 to 16 daily at 10am. Created by writer Clinton Marius, the production is translated into Zulu and directed by Mpume Mthombeni. The story traces the journey that a Zulu boy must take in order to set right a terrible wrong he has committed. R25. Call 031 309 2513.
• To be featured in Boardwalk, e-mail all your theatre info to [email protected]; subject: Boardwalk, by Thursday noon.