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AN UNROMANTIC COMEDY
PLAYWRIGHT: Rosalind Butler
DIRECTOR: Craig Freimond
CAST: Anthony Coleman, Charmaine Weir-Smith, Jaci de Villiers
VENUE: Sandton’s Auto & General Theatre on the Square
UNTIL: October 26
If you’re intrigued by the title An Unromantic Comedy, you’re halfway there. It’s exactly that.
A man (Coleman) cheated on his fiancée (Weir-Smith) with her best friend (De Villiers) and he accidentally invites them both to dinner a year after the event. That’s trouble any way you look at it and with Coleman a dead cert to play the cad, let the fun begin.
Her first play to be staged since drama school, Butler makes no bones about her intentions. She celebrates every relationship cliché from the one-night stand at a team-building exercise in Polokwane to the affair with the best friend explained away as the result of commitment anxiety.
It’s not only in the writing, it’s also in the acting and the action. From shirts being ripped apart to both main protagonists drenched in water at some stage. Weir-Smith as the injured party, plays her anger to the hilt. And she hits those notes pitch-perfect. She’s the one who suffered the pain and she needs – no has the right – to mete out some of her own as revenge.
Coleman doesn’t tread lightly either in a role he knows well. He’s been a real bad boy and he knows it, but he also has all the tools to explain his actions. He has some glorious moments, but sometimes falters. With De Villiers not yet hitting her stride, the three actors aren’t on the same page – yet.
De Villiers seemed slightly uncomfortable in her role as the femme fatale and instead of blowing them all away, her insecurity played into the character that pricked holes in the premise and allowed the pace to slow down in certain sections.
It’s all about hanging on to that mojo and allowing the insults to flow with confident menace as the three parties all have reason to sling those arrows – with no one allowed to perch for too long on their high horse. Once they all get in sync, it’s going to be huge fun.
Weir-Smith has the best handle on her character and Coleman has incredible moments, but when they all grab hold of the rhythm, it’s going to be a blast.
There’s already enough to keep you smiling from beginning to end. And they’ll get there.