Reviews of

Desperate First Ladies

(full texts of reviews are found in the Archives)

Review of Desperate First Ladies  in Durban  —   January 2012

Pieter-Dirk Uys is still in top form ... fearless, often biting, and invariably hilarious!

– Caroline Smart, artSMart, 27 January 2012


Reviews of Desperate First Ladies  in Cape Town  —   September 2011

Uyslike bydrae tot landsake .... Met ’n fladder van ’n vals wimper kan Uys sweerlik ’n diktator koudsit.

– Laetitia Pople, Die Burger, 9 September 2011

Desperate First Ladies is a hilarious tour de force ... Not to be missed!

 – Greg Landman, City Press, 18 September 2011

Uys is still a much-needed social commentator on South Africa. Not only does he provide a safe environment in which we can confront our fears and prejudices. He also helps us to make sense of what is happening in South Africa. And, at least for now, we can do so by shaking with laughter rather than by trembling in fear. Uys at his best.

– Tyrone August, Cape Times, 12 September 2011

PDU shows top form in 'Desperate First Ladies'

– Peter Tromp, The Next 48 Hours, 23 September 2011


Review of Desperate First Ladies  in Grahamstown  —   March 2011

Uys’ irreverence knows no bounds ... [he] takes on all of the sacred cows, while very seriously challenging our democracy, and all politicians within it to uphold it.

– Mike Loewe, Makana Moon, 30 March 2011


Reviews of Desperate First Ladies  in Johannesburg  —   August 2010

Uys’s name is synonymous with surprise and even with shock, for he is a celebration of contradictions: hilarious and malign, polite and lewd, generous and caustic. But the most sensational of all his contradictions is that he has bamboozled us into accepting and keeping faith with Evita Bezuidenhout, the she who is a he, the amazingly actual star who has a complete life of her own.

– Mary Jordan, Business Day, 10 August 2010

Uys has crafted a unique and powerful position that he is still using wisely to be the conscience of the country without fear of repercussion.

His new show Desperate First Ladies instantly proves Uys hasn't lost his edge and we haven't lost the need for him as he launches into an entertaining attack on efforts to curb the freedom of the press. It begins with Uys as himself, and it's a pleasure to hear him give his own views in his own persona. He's sharp and witty, and somehow more caustic and direct without the softening feminine accoutrements. ... An undiplomatic diplomat who points out political and social ills, spreads the message about Aids awareness, and highlights the evil of men abusing women.

It's sad that South Africa still needs Evita — but it's a very good job we still have her.

– Lesley Stones, Artslink, 8 August 2010