Sinking their teeth into reality TV

2010-02-25 00:00

THEATRE REVIEW

Reality Bites

Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre

IT WAS artist Andy Warhol who coined the phrase that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. That was in the sixties and with the arrival of reality television it seems that prediction has come true.

A quick scan of domestic and satellite channels is all you need to apppreciate just how many of these shows there are. They range from Survivor to Idols and an endless stream of make-over shows. But the one thing they have in common is that the participants get to have their moment in the spotlight before the viewers forget them and move on to the next big thing.

Reality Bites, created by popular Durban comedians Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIlroy, takes a closer look at this phenomenon through the eyes of two of their most popular characters, Charmaine and Bruce Siringinson. Joining them on stage is DJ KingB, ­alias Nathan Redpath, who more than holds his own when Bobbert and ­McIlroy are in full flight.

During the show the audience gets to meet stylist Terry the Terminator, who goes through Bruce’s wardrobe with a pair of scissors; Charmaine’s ex, Dr Preston Blackwood-Smythe; life coach Vijay Moodley; Delphine the car guard; marketing guru Thandi ­Makhatini; and a dentist called Nigel Bjorn van Rensburg, who had me thinking back to McIlroy’s turn as the manic dentist in Little Shop of Horrors at the same venue last year.

Most of these characters will be ­familiar to fans of the pair, but they still drew plenty of laughs on press night.

The show has a range of musical numbers — including Bobbert singing I Can’t Feel My Botox Face to the music of Lady Gaga’s hit single, Pokerface — and plenty of audience participation.

It’s fun, frothy and frenetic. In short, the perfect antidote to a day at the office.

• Reality Bites is at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre until March 7. Tickets from Computicket.

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