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September 12, 2011

First Ladies sworn in with laughter at Baxter Theatre

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Pieter-Dirk Uys’s brand of comedy, like a fine wine, matures with age.

His new hit show, Desperate First Ladies, running at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch, is a hilarious homage to the great yet eternally suffering women behind Southern Africa’s presidents for the past 30 years.

No one is safe from his side-splitting scrutiny, and whether he is portraying Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, impersonating Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe, or giving the ever-increasing Mrs Zumas a much-needed wardrobe makeover, he has the audience laughing.

Of course, what would a Pieter-Dirk Uys show be without the vivacious and charming Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout? Resplendent in a gorgeous purple coat and that famous chic hairdo, Evita predicts the future political landscape with her usual satirical flair.

New characters like Mrs Petersen from the Cape Flats and Bambi Kellerman, Tannie Evita’s long-lost sinful sister, bring a breath of fresh air to an otherwise well-known act; and his turn as Mother Theresa will have you in stitches.

While many of the costume changes happen on stage, it is in the visible physical, posture and emotional changes that Uys transforms from an ordinary man into these extraordinary women.

An impressive stage set (most women would die for the walk-in closet on display here!) and the surprise return of forgotten characters add to the humorous allure of this fantastic show.

With a steady stream of comical insights, Uys reminds us of how far we have come since the onset of democracy 17 years ago and how far we still have to go.

Desperate First Ladies runs at the Baxter Theatre until October 1. Book your tickets now at Computicket.

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