McIlroy’s hilarious new comedy

2011-11-15 00:00

AARON McIlroy’s latest comedy offering, Aaron McIlroy @ Work, is one of the best he’s done yet.

The Durban actor has teamed up with award-winning actress and writer Susan Monteregge to create the show which sees him taking on the corporate world.

It opens with a talk by the new CEO of AT Technologies, a ­silver-haired, gym-buffed man with a line in corporate jargon and gleaming teeth. Cornelius Pruitt-Layder wants to be a ­“supernova” for his staff, ­showing them how to succeed in this dog-eat-dog world.

It’s a style which gets a mixed reaction from the employees — IT guru Josh Berman, who got his cushy job thanks to his dad, is annoyed and reckons his new boss’s ideas freak him out; ­emotional PA Dustin Deventer simply worships the new man; Wally Huang, an illegal Chinese immigrant, who emerges from a trapdoor to clean, prefers ­working for Pruitt-Layder in the office and not at his home where there are some questionable ­goings-on; and the sales ­manager V. Govender, who says the boss has him so stressed that his hair is falling out.

My favourite character though is the retiring head of the accounts department Eric Chisholm. The latter’s monologue is both witty and poignant, and proves again that underneath McIlroy’s manic comedian is a truly gifted actor. And when he did a little shuffle dance on stage I was reminded of my grandad.

As always, there’s plenty of audience interaction — those booking seats should think long and hard before deciding to choose front-row seats — as well as songs performed by McIlroy and even a few dance routines. So, if you’re looking for a great night out with friends and family, don’t miss this show.

 

• Aaron McIlroy @ Work is at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre in Durban until November 27. Tickets are R95 at Computicket.

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