Uys should be applauded for tackling difficult subject matter and encouraging people
to have the serenity to accept the things they cannot change, and the courage to
tackle the things they can.
– Christina Kennedy, The Citizen, 14 July 2003
Pieter-Dirk Uys's latest play proves that he is undoubtedly one of South Africa's
greatest storytellers. It is set in one of the top hospitals in present-day Gauteng
— where the sick and dying are neglected and facelifts receive priority. Usually
regarded as a place of healing and shelter, it is turned into a war zone where a
family is forced to face a past that has caused them to drift apart. During a time
of reconciliation, infliction and reflection, Uys allows us to look at the realities
we try to ignore, and lies we tend to cling to. It is not an easy journey, but never
painful, occasionally slipping into razor-sharp wit. Uys brilliantly captures a human
truth: despite our differences, there are moments that make us forget the worst and
remember what it is like to smile.. We are all 'auditioning angels'; there is hope
in our struggle to embrace our humanity and overcome the weaknesses that imprison
– News24, 15 August 2003
... a rare treat ...
– Diane de Beer, Pretoria News, 13 July 2003
Auditioning Angels is a theatrical gem ... strikes at the heart of our contemporary
society .... a pressure-cooker of emotions ... anyone with a shred of concern for
the world they live in should expose themselves to this play.