Theatre that’s good for the soul

2010-09-18 10:48

This stage production of Tuesdays with Morrie will make you laugh. It will also wring a tear or two, but most of all, it will remind you of how thrilling it is to be alive, the beauty of being surrounded by good friends and a loving family, and all the wonders life has to offer.

Based on the best-selling 1997 memoir by Mitch Albom, this stage version is ­superbly put together by one of South Africa’s finest directors, Alan Swerdlow.

It is also a setwork for some scholars, so watching this production will be a good way of breathing extra life into the words.

Those who cower from feel-good ­homilies can breath a sigh of relief; they are delivered with integrity and an ­honesty that is refreshing.

The life lessons learned every Tuesday are dished out by veteran actor Graham Hopkins. Newcomer Asher Stoltz plays his protégé.

The pair shares a rapport on stage that drives the production and makes it so much more than two men – one old, one young – having a series of conversations.

Hopkins has been on our screens and stages for many years and his dexterity with the material makes his performance mesmerising.

The play marks Stoltz’s second professional outing, yet he effortlessly shows his character’s transformation from arrogance to humility as he begins to understand what is really important in life and why some things are called ­trappings, holding your soul in stasis.

We all whinge and complain far too much and we should be counting our blessings more often.

This heartfelt ­memoir will remind you of that. It’s a life-affirming night out.

» Tuesdays with Morrie is on at the Old Mutual Theatre on the Square until October 2. Contact 011 883 8606

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