The parallel of Tennessee Williams immediately springs to mind. A hard, searing and
relentless investigation of (South African) whites through the bottom of a bottle,
in which their bitchiness is played out on each other against a background of racial
tension ... one feels that his extraordinary method of investigating apartheid by
concentrating on the people who are part of the problem rather than part of the solution,
is perhaps the most powerful way it could be done.
– Martin Doyle, The Scotsman, 18 August 1979
The subtle, underlying political comment by Uys is ever present ... a beautiful satire.'
– Robert Underwood, Insight, September 1979
Conflicting attitudes on the situation in South Africa are expounded at length —
expounded with wit, with bitter humour, often with fury. It is engrossingly entertaining
and very very well done. Its message is one that we could ignore at our peril.
– Raeford Daniel, Rand Daily Mail, 7 July 1978
As in all the best political writing, the talk is as amusing as it is trenchant and
it is delivered convincingly.
– B A Young, Financial Times, 17 September 1979
There's hope for our English-language theatre after all. Here is an indigenous play
that has relevance, wit, elegance and considerable audacity ... a courageous and
– Michael Venables, The Citizen, 7 July 1978
Paradise is closing down , currently receiving its American premiere at Syracuse
Stage, is a powerful and touching play ... a stunning presentation of South Africa
as a paradise which is closing down because of bureaucratic bungling, political blindness,
social conflict, powerful forces beyond its borders and the most basic of dramatic
and moral themes: human weakness.
– David Feldman, Syracuse New Times (USA), 21 January 1981
Paradise is a cleverly constructed piece of work with a crystal-clear theme running
through — that the time bomb ticking under the white 'paradise' is fast running out.
– B M, Evening News (Edinburgh Festival), 21 August 1979