SHOW: Vir Ewig en Altyd
Director: Hennie van Greunen
Cast: Sandra Prinsloo and Marius Weyers
VENUE: Bellville Civic Centre until May 25
REVIEW: PETER TROMP
Sandra Prinsloo and Marius Weyers – unquestionably two of the greatest acting legends South Africa has ever produced – appears again on the local stage for the first time in 28 years in ‘Vir Ewig En Vir Altyd’. It is almost unfathomable that it has taken almost three decades for these actors to be reunited on the local stage. It is just as well then that this play has both actors functioning at the top of their game.
Hennie van Greunen’s Adrikaans adaptation of Australian Tom Holloway’s play ‘And No More Shall We Part’ introduces the audience to Pam (Prinsloo) and Danie (Weyers), a couple that has been married for 38 years who have to deal with the former’s terminal illness and her wishes to put an end to it all, before the inevitable spirit crushing pain sets in.
For a play that so uncompromisingly delves into the encroaching spectre of death, ‘Vir Ewig en Vir Altyd’ is far from sombre.
There’s a lean economy and subtle grace to Van Greunen’s directions which softens the more disquieting aspects of the central motif. The text is also sufficed with subtle humour, and the characters are true to life and compelling.
It is perhaps no surprise that the chemistry between Prinsloo and Weyers is so palpable, but the thing that I found most impressive is the complete lack of showiness from both thespians. This could easily have turned into a vanity project with award conscious performances, but class acts that they are, both actors keep it real throughout.
* Performances will take place on May 16, 29, 23 and 24 at 7.45pm. There will be matinees on the Sundays of May 18 and 25 at 4pm.
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