Theatre Review: Land Acts – Political Properties, Or Satire In The Soil

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By BRUCE DENNILL

Land Acts / Directed by Rob Van Vuuren / Auto & General Theatre On The Square, Sandton, Johannesburg                     7

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This piece arrives with a pedigree, being the third instalment in a popular and critically lauded series satirising South African current affairs and starring Daniel Mpilo Richards, directed by Rob Van Vuuren and written by Mike Van Graan. That’s a formidable team: Van Graan is internationally respected for taking on political issues via stage drama (and, in the case of this show and its predecessors Pay Back The Curry and State Fracture, comedy), and Richards is one of the few performers in the country able to match Van Vuuren for ability, intensity and versatility.

In what is a tightly bound succession of skits, it is that last facet – though supported by the other two – that shines most brightly in Mpilo’s case, as he morphs from characters old to young, from male to female, and from musician to…

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