Juliet’s ideal-man search

2011-02-24 00:00

FEBRUARY is traditionally the month of love and the Catalina Theatre celebrates this fact, although in a slightly off-beat way, with the show Juliet and Her Romeos.

Daisy Spencer (last seen playing Tinkerbell in Peter Pan, the Adult Panto) plays Juliet Cupido who can’t help lamenting how she got saddled with the name of Shakespeare’s tragic heroine. As she says, her name practically screams romance­, so why can’t she find love.

She then takes the audience on a journey through her love life, starting with her first crush, Michael Davids, the egotistical son of the school headmaster.

Helping to tell her story and playing her various loves, and a host other characters, are the talented trio of Rory Booth (Spice ’n Stuff), Grant Jacobs (Man of La Mancha, PaperBoy) and Lyle Buxton (Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood).

Between them they sing some great R&B standards, including Treat Her Like A Lady and Bruno Mars’s Beautiful, as well as a host of fun numbers like I Got High and Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.

The singers are supported by the Solid Gold Band — Shem Mahabeer on keyboards, Dane Francis on guitar, Llewellyn Chetty on bass and Dillan Kanny­ on drums — against a backdrop of romantic floral bowers and white balustrades.

I thoroughly enjoyed this show, but was frustrated by mic and sound problems on the night I saw it — and at times the singers’ voices were drowned out by the sound.

That said, Juliet and Her Romeos is a really fun night out at the theatre — and, frankly, it’s worth the entrance ticket alone to see Jacobs and Buxton dressed as cupids, complete with bubbles and ostrich feather fans.

• Juliet and Her Romeos runs until Sunday at the Catalina Theatre, Wilson’s Wharf. Performances are Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm, 5 pm on Saturday, and 2 pm and 6 pm on Sunday. Tickets R90 (R70 concessions) at 031 305 6889.

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