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RECENT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL REVIEWS

 

 

Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Durban  — July/August 2017

 

Uys has never been better!

– Billy Suter, sosuterbill.com, 27 July 2017

 

Uys is a master story teller whose characters are always entertaining and at the same time often poignant. This wonderful trip down memory lane is a treasure and definitely a show not to be missed.

– Dawn Haynes, artSMart, 30 July 2017

 

Uys’ finest work.

– Estelle Sinkins, the luvvie, 2 August 2017

 

Engaging, dramatic, poignant, bitingly satirical and hysterically funny — don’t miss it!

– Caroline Smart, artSMart, 27 July 2017

 

Poignant, funny and nostalgic, Pieter Dirk Uys enthralls with The Echo of a Noise.

–  Wanda Daly, Berea Mail, 27 July 2017

 

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Review of The Echo of a Noise in Cape Town  — July 2017

 

Pieter-Dirk Uys has a knack for knocking life into perspective.  Long may he remain our moral signpost.

– Sheila Chisholm, Weekend Special, 7 July 2017

 

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Reviews of Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development in Cape Town  — June 2017

 

Mordant satire, insightful political comment, brilliant topicality and whimsical, but intelligent humour — Uys at his ebullient best.

– Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus, 27 June 2017

 

Pieter-Dirk is on top form, a positive breathe of fresh air.

– Karen Rutter, Weekend Special, 24 June 2017

 

This Tannie will make you think, and think again!

– Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town, 26 June 2017

 

Evita’s’s back in top form, sharp-witted and tenacious as ever, bubbling with barbed lines. ...  Another hilarious foray into our cultural spectrum.

– Benn Van Der Westhuizen, What’s on in Cape Town, 29 June 2017

 

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Reviews of Evita Bezuidenhout and the Kaktus of Separate Development in Johannesburg  — May 2017

 

**** Just when you thought that Pieter-Dirk Uys couldn’t get funnier or more topical, or even sharper, along comes this. ... an absolute treasure. The show is brilliant!

– Leon van Nierop, Artslink, 26 May 2017

 

Evita  continues playing court jester with as much pizzazz and elegance as she’s done for over twenty years. But today, her bite is even sharper, and her focus more specifically honed.

– Robyn Sassen, My View, 26 May 2017

 

Evita’s as sharp and perceptive as ever.

– Jennifer de Klerk, Artslink, 29 May 2017

 

With the latest satirical pricks, to the latest political scandals blossoming around the world, Evita Bezuidenhout turns the mirror to South Africa with a subtle reflexivity that will light you up with laughter but break your heart all at the same time.

– Ayanda Sky, TMTv-SA, 26 May 2017

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Review of Weerklank van ‘n Wanklank (The Echo of a Noise) in Oudtshoorn  — April 2017

 

Uys is a compelling and  dynamic storyteller.

– Willem Bester, Krit (KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn), 14 April 2017

 

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Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Johannesburg  — March 2017

 

*****  The audience is captured by Uys’s politically-incorrect humour, inexhaustible energy and optimism ... he is the only person who can make you sadly smile at life and our present confusing politics.  Bravo.

– Leon van Nierop, Rapport, 2 April 2017

 

Perched on a barstool under a spotlight on an otherwise empty stage, 71-year-old Uys can still hold an audience absolutely mesmerised just by talking. ... The Echo of a Noise is the most honest and wonderful performance I’ve ever seen him give.

– Lesley Stones, Daily Maverick, 28 March 2017

 

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Review of The Echo of a Noise in Pietermaritzburg  — February 2017

 

A unique opportunity to enjoy an intimate performance while learning more about the legendary actor, and of course a night of laughter.  Don’t miss THE ECHO OF A NOISE.

– Kavitha Pillay, The Witness (Pietermaritzburg), 23 February 2017

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Review of The Echo of a Noise in Cape Town  — December 2016

 

A must-see for anyone interested in South Africa, satire, and a good night out.

– Carla Bernardo, Tonight, 1 December 2016

 

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Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Grahamstown  — July 2016

 

Uys is a smash hit!

– Verne Rowin Munsamy. ArtSMart, 3 July 2016

 

Rich, funny, tender and brilliantly executed.

– Brenda Daniels, A Feast of Tales, 3 July 2016

 

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Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in Cape Town  — June 2016

 

In The Echo of a Noise, Uys presents a collection of vignettes drawn from his childhood and early career. The result is a touching and intensely personal meditation wrapped in a bright, light-hearted package, flavoured with the kind of vivid anecdotes and seemingly effortless quips audiences have come to love about him over the years. The production cuts so much deeper than a mere evening’s worth of entertainment.  What a profound 90-minute journey it turns out to be!

– Steyn Du Toit, Cape Times, 8 June 2016

 

***** The Echo of a Noise is an austerely staged tour de force from a man of the theatre capable of seducing his audience with nothing more than a fluent monologue for well over an hour.  Uys take his listeners on a journey to a place somewhere in the hinterland between laughter and tears, in this soul-baring show that has unniversal resonance.

– Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus, 7 June 2016

 

The Echo of a Noise is a soul-baring honest memoir brought to stage by the one who can tell the story best… the one who lived the tale.  Time feels like it is standing still, as you hang onto every word of this skilled story teller.  Truly inspirational!

– Barbara Loots, Theatre Scene Cape Town, 7 June 2016

 

Hy is ’n meesterlike storieverteller, sonder arrogansie of selfbeheptheid.

– Maryke Roberts, Litnet, 3 June 2016

 

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Reviews of Die Van Aardes van Grootoor: The Musical in Cape Town  — December 2015

 

Uys’s political family drama is biting and relevant. There are moments in the play where the writing strikes a raw nerve and you can feel the collective wincing of the audience. Uys is an equal opportunity satirist and shows no mercy as he wields his pen, and this musical seals his reputation for being brutally honest and fiercely passionate.

– Tracey Saunders, Cape Times, 28 December 2015

 

**** Pieter-Dirk Uys has outdone himself in lampooning drama that exploits the universal greed for voyeurism, and although Die Van Aardes… was first staged nearly 40 years ago, it has lost none of its relevance between now and then.  Sly, intelligent humour abounds.  Anyone who enjoys intelligent satire will be highly diverted by this show.

– Beverrley Brommert, Cape Argus, 22 December 2015

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Review of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Cape Town  — November 2015

 

***** An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish is ’n tour de ­force aangebied deur ’n gesoute akteur wat seepglad en selfversekerd stoksielalleen vir ongeveer ’n uur en ’n half ’n vol ouditorium mesmeriseer.

Herman Lategan, Die Burger, 10 November 2015

 

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Review of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Johannesburg  — September/October 2015

 

**** There is simply no one better than Pieter-Dirk Uys for the times we find ourselves in.  He is the only comedian who can still make us laugh at the problems that beset our country, although it may feel as if you are swallowing barbed wire.  So if you are in the doldrums for whatever reason, this brilliant show will console, entertain and invigorate you.

– Leon van Nierop, The Citizen, 23 September 2015

 

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Review of The Echo of a Noise in Grahamstown  — July 2015

 

Hy bly ’n meesterstorieverteller, wat net so vinnig met homself spot soos met al die ander wat onder sy tong deurloop.

– Laetitia Pople, Die Burger, 9 Julie 2015

 

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Reviews of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Cape Town  — February/March 2015

 

**** Razor-sharp satire of great intelligence.

– Beverley Brommert, Cape Argus, 24 February 2015

 

Effortlessly incorporating references to recent news events, parliamentary skylarking and even a bit of sexual innuendo into his dialogue, it is Uys' infectious optimism that ultimately trumps all.  An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish is already the most sought-after invitation in town.  Do anything you must to secure your seat.

-- Steyn du Toit, Cape Times, 2 March 2015

 

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Reviews of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Uys in London  — July 2014

 

**** Intelligent, visceral, theatrical and fun.

– Alex Hardy, The Times, 16 July 2014

 

Uys has not lost his bite, nor his enthusiasm for our homeland. His ability to poke fun while remaining upbeat is inspiring.

– Liz Frost, The South African, 14 July 2014

 

*** A striking character-based showcase ... the mood shuttles from chilling to farce, with topical gags offering added relevance.

– Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard, 15 July 2014

 

Uys is an incredible transformative actor, fully inhabiting the characters he presents to become unrecognisable under even the most cursory costume.

– Steve Bennett, Chortle, 16 July 2014

 

When Pieter-Dirk Uys gets on stage, no one and nothing is safe. Through his incisive impressions of well-known figures [and] his mimicking of ordinary South Africans, his sharp satire is as pointedly political as ever.  And his frank treatment of white Afrikaner guilt as well as the contradictions of today’s South Africa is cathartic and much needed.

– Helen Reid, Think Africa Press, 25 July 2014

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