Theatre Review: #HeTwo – Pieter-Dirk Uys: Screen Queen, Or Girls Just Wanna Have Influence


Bruce Dennill

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#HeTwo / Starring Pieter-Dirk Uys / Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre, Fourways, Johannesburg

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In a career as long as Pieter-Dirk Uys’, it’s necessary to regularly find new gimmicks that help to keep the ongoing narrative and characters fresh. That said, it seems a little extreme to begin a new show by announcing the death of his most famous persona, Evita Bezuidenhout. Turns out it’s a double-bluff, or the second of three, depending on how you experience the rest of the show.

Uys uses this beginning to position the show as a tribute to “the most famous white woman in South Africa’, with a few add-ons.

Using projected footage of Bezuidenhout’s long career – she first appeared on stage in his hard-hitting satirical show Adapt Or Dye in 1981 – Uys provides a way for him to appear alongside his creation, which is generally a logistical challenge, as audiences can probably appreciate. Ironically, though, seeing how many times and in how…

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