Uys scorches through four decades using the idioms and thinking process of a Johannesburg
kugel. This piece is taut, tense and funny. This Uys script encapsulates our tortured
approaches to one another; yet his imperious and capricious playing of Nowell makes
her open-mindedness uncomfortable, even shocking, viewed in the context of our country's
political separateness. Where Nowell and her like were open, warm and brave, Uys
subtly indicates how others held back. He also demonstrates Nowell's background and
sensitivities to be her strength. Throughout Uys is a word-spritzer. He is enormously
– Mary Jordan, Business Day, 28 May 1999
Pieter-Dirk Uys's Nowell Fine affirms the biting reality of the state of affairs
among South Africans then, now and maybe even the future. This one-acter certainly
makes one laugh — a lot — but at the same time one looks back on what a ridiculous
nation we were, are and can still be.
– Tracy Craucamp, The Citizen, 26 May 1999
Going Down Gorgeous delivers beyond expectations. It's a super slice of satire with
Uys at his most ace!
– Billy Suter, Natal Mercury, 30 April 1999
Where there are many reasons to forsake a sense of humour in favour of self-fulfilling
prophecies of doom and destruction, Nowell Fine gives one a peculiar, even twisted
taste of optimism in a world which seems increasingly to bleach the lenses of even
the brightest rose-hued specs.