VARIOUS VENUES: Catch Double Take from this week. The stand-up comedy features two of SA’s finest comedians, Al Prodgers and Warren Robertson, at the Seabrooke’s Theatre, DHS, from Friday to Sunday and then at the Rhumbelow Theatre from September 7 to 9. Prodgers and Robertson have won international awards for their live stand-up which is packed with sharp observations and warped explanations. Book at Computicket or Shoprite/Checkers outlets.
VARIOUS VENUES: Kambakht Ishq is back by public demand for one show only in Pietermaritzburg and for one weekend only in Durban. This rollicking comedy dance showcase will stage at the Golden Horse Casino in Pmb on Saturday and at the iZulu Theatre at Sibaya Casino on August 31 and September 1. Conceived, produced and choreo- graphed by the Melanie Kisten, Kambakht Ishq (loosely translated as “damn love”) tells the story of love, infidelity and reconciliation as lived by a host of Chatsworth characters: two friends who aren’t good for each other; a wife who nags; a husband who drinks; a girl who is lost and a detective who is found. R100 at Computicket or Shoprite/Checkers outlets.
THE HERITAGE THEATRE: Burlesque ends on Sunday. A “cheeky, sultry, sizzling” extravaganza of song and dance centred on characters who work together, live together, love together, and sometimes even sleep together. Stars Marion Loudon, Gary McKenzie, Lauren Laing and Liesl Coppin. Rated PG13. Tickets: R195 Wednesday to Saturdays, and R165 Tuesday nights and Sunday matinee. All prices include a two-course meal. A show-only option is R100. Bookings: 031 765 4197.
THE BARNYARD THEATRE: The nation is again feeling proud after our sporting stars’ medal tally at the Olympics, and now The Barnyard is celebrating our musical heroes with Special Stars from tonight until October 7. This musical adventure is a colourful one that presents an 11-member cast performing a wide range of music from the southern tip of Africa. Features music from Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, David Kramer, Johannes Kerkorrel, Mango Groove, Steve Hofmeyr, Brenda Fassie, Hotline, Bright Blue and E’Void, Clout, Ballyhoo, Rabbitt, The Parlotones and Freshlyground. R135 from Wednesday to Saturday, specials of R100 every Tuesday and R90 Sunday matinee. Call 031 566 3045.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist returns to Durban after five years. Catch all the hypnotic craziness until Sunday. Shows are at 7.30pm Tuesday to Saturday and at 3pm on Sundays. Tickets: R85 at Computicket.
THE PLAYHOUSE: The hit Broadway production Burn the Floor runs from tomorrow to September 2. The show has toured 30 countries and more than 160 cities. The company boasts performers from 10 countries, with more than 100 championship dance titles between them. Ballroom dancing has been around for years, but Burn the Floor describes itself as “Ballroom Reinvented”. Tickets: R80 to R285 at Computicket, or call 031 369 9555/6. A “two for the price of one” deal is available for Talk Back Tuesdays, when the dancers stay on stage after the show for a Q&A session.
VARIOUS VENUES: Dingalings Productions bring their show Bust(s) back by popular demand. If you missed their off-the-wall antics, this is your chance to catch them when they return with shows in Tongaat and at Suncoast Casino. The adult comedy takes you down memory lane. Shows are at oThongathi (Tongaat) Town Hall on August 29 and at Suncoast on August 31 and September 1 (at Cinecentre Supernova). Tickets are R100 at the box office, or call 086 124 6300. PG16.
THE PLAYHOUSE: Catch world-acclaimed mentalist Gilan Gork’s new show, Beyond the Mind, directed by Renos Spanoudes, on August 28, 29 and 30. Expect to be taken on a journey of not only observing his mental and intuitive abilities, but also feats you never thought were possible. Discover how to unlock your own abilities. Book at Computicket or Shoprite/Checkers outlets.
HILTON COLLEGE: The annual Witness Hilton Arts Festival turns 20 this year. It will take place on the grounds of the Hilton College from September 21 to 23. Info: www.hiltonfestival.co.za or call 033 383 0126 /7.