lBARNYARD THEATRE: You get the ultimate beach party experience in Surf’s Up, running until March 3. Surf’s Up will sail 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 February 24. 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.
lRHUMBELOW THEATRE: Suspects of Love (aka Aspects of Love) featuring Derek Pearce, Greg Baptie, Roland Stansell and Alan Quihampton, is a comical lip sync drag show that looks at the ups and downs of love. The Family Players’ show runs from Thursday to Sunday. The Valentine’s Day show is at 7.30pm, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8pm, and Sunday’s at 2pm. Venue opens 90 minutes before the show for picnic dinner. Cash bar available. People are invited to show their support for the One Billion Rising campaign by wearing black, with a splash of red, on Valentine’s Day. Tickets: R100 at Computicket, or call 031 205 7602. Not a show for die-hard romantics.
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 February 23 to March 1, with performances starting at 7pm. R35 at the door.
lSTABLE THEATRE: Inkonyane Engegama (The Calf With No Name), a heart-warming new children’s stage play, run daily on March 12 to 16, at 10am. Created by award-winning writer Clinton Marius, the play has been translated into Zulu and directed by Mpume Mthombeni. The story traces the journey a Zulu boy must take to set right a wrong he has done. Features Sifiso Cele, Musa Ntuli, Noluthando Kubeka and Qaphela Makhoba. Tickets: R25, R20 a person for block bookings of 20 or more. Call 031 309 2513.
lELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Pieter-Dirk Uys has prepared four hours of 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. Book through Computicket. No under-16s.