Review of When in Doubt Say Darling in Cape Town — November/December 2018
Part autobiography, part self-reflection, and part nostalgia: In between putting
on a hat and tie here and a doek there and a fake leopard skin where-ever, Uys just
chats to us. Or at least it feels like he chats to us — it’s easy to forget he’s
a consummate actor — telling stories about people he’s met, things he’s done.
– Steve Kretzmann, The Critter, 28 November 2018
Reviews of When in Doubt Say Darling in Durban — November 2018
Uys is an extraordinary performer with a huge heart. ... He deals with many issues
that are confronting communities at all levels in South Africa at the moment. You
daren’t lose focus for a minute or you might miss a hilarious aside or sarcastic
crack at a politician!
– Caroline Smart, Artsmart, 3 November 2018
Memories and mirth ... treat yourself, darlings!
– Billy Suter, sosuterbill.com, 2 November 2018
“When in Doubt, Say Darling” takes a side swipe at political correctness and reinforces
Uys's standing as one of South Africa’s greatest artists. Whilst he is cutting in
his portrayal of politicians antics, he is neither myopic, one sided or cruel : he
tells it as it is.
– Chris Sutton, Publicity Matters, 2 November 2018
Review of When in Doubt Say Darling in Cape Town — August 2018
**** CONSUMMATE entertainer that he is, Pieter-Dirk Uys has injected new life into
tried-and-tested favourites of his repertoire — with an artful blend of the familiar
and the fresh. The result is a sly, sweet, satirical farrago .
– Beverly Brommert, Cape Times,14 August 2018
Reviews of The Echo of a Noise in London — May/June 2018
***Uys is a capable raconteur with an eventful story that shines a light on social
and political history across two continents. The Echo of a Noise offers a privileged
but engaged perspective on apartheid’s near half-century, from a performer who learned
early to laugh at his own fears, and is still doing so.
– Brian Logan, The Guardian, 5 June 2018
Uys is a captivating anecdotalist who pulls you in with more than mere laughs. The
Echo of a Noise
is not just funny and poltical, it is touching too.
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
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
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
– 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.
Review of Weerklank van ‘n Wanklank (The Echo of a Noise) in Oudtshoorn — April
Uys is a compelling and dynamic storyteller.
– Willem Bester, Krit (KKNK Festival, Oudtshoorn), 14 April 2017
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
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
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
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
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
– 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
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
– 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
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
Review of An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! in Johannesburg — September/October
****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
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.