Theatre Review: Call Us Crazy – Chaos And Comedy, Or Knocking The Tar Out Of Pessimism


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

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Bruce Dennill


Call Us Crazy / Directed by Josias Dos Moleele / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg

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The blurb for this comedy three-hander sound dubious, outlining the story of a road construction worker named Oompie (Sello Sebotsane) who wants to “tar all the roads in the world” and who, to that end, opens his own construction company. Frankly, that sounds like a precis of the sort of PC documentary that makes people grumpy about paying TV licences to the SABC.

To the credit of the unflaggingly energetic cast, however, the piece not only works, but is often genuinely funny. The action is split into a number of skit-like sets, where the cast – mostly Sebotsane and writer-director Josias Dos Moleele, who have fantastic chemistry; with Marietjie Bothma adding a different energy with regular smaller additions to the narrative.

It’s a familiar story in South African terms, for both better and worse. In a negative sense, it includes references…

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