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By BRUCE DENNILL
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…
To read the complete pARTicipate review visit http://www.brucedennill.co.za/theatre-review-hetwo-pieter-dirk-uys-screen-queen-or-girls-just-wanna-have-influence/