Though penicillin is good for curing mostly anything, it has the downside of being something some people are allergic to and doing absolutely nothing for your physique. A good belly laugh, on the other hand, cures a lot of ills, brightens cloudy moods and simultaneously exercises the abdomen. Rely on better medicine and pay R65 for two tickets to see LINE with Sugar Daddy Theatre Company.
A one-act absurdist comedy by Israel Horovitz, Line centres around five people waiting in a queue – something that every South African knows is unpleasant – and though none of them seem to know what they’re waiting for, they all seem desperate to get to the first place in line. As they squabble, trick, fight, and betray each other to get ahead, the audience gets to watch the drama unfold, almost like watching that reality television show about people in a house being watched on camera. Essentially, the play focuses on making a profound statement about society and human behaviour.
Absurdist enough to keep you entertained long after the curtain closes, Line is currently in its record-breaking 38th year at the 13th Street Repertory Theatre in New York, and it has been staged in over 25 countries and translated into over 35 languages. With an excellent, award-winning director and a cast that will keep you in stitches, there’s no better way to spend an hour than watching the antics of a shady guy, a flamboyant wanna-be genius, a dim-witted baseball fan, a conniving woman and her tormented husband as they battle it out for first in line.
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