Plaid, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is a checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool, worn over the shoulder as a part of Scottish Highland dress.
Forever Plaid, according to this Theatre ZA reviewer, is a musical filled with charm, patter and perfect harmonies.
Upon my arrival at the Pieter Toerien theatre, I had four children seated behind myself and Alan Ford (host of Spotlight on CliffCentral.com). I thought to myself, “how will these children react to a 50s musical?” However, to my amazement, beside the sporadic kick to the back of my seat and drop of popcorn, these children were engaged from beginning to end. This was largely due to the energy exuded by the barbershop quartet on stage. After the Plaids – comprised of Sparky, Smudge, Jinx, and Frankie – are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in this hilariously quirky 1950s nostalgia trip.
From minute one the breaking of the fourth wall contextualises that Tiaan Rautenbach,
Yamikani Mahaka-Phiri, Danny Meaker, and Musanete Sakupwanya are young men who are out of their time and have to put on the show of their lives (or deaths). The back and forth between the actors is witty and demonstrates a lovely chemistry. They each found a way to bring their character to (after)life with particular quips or personality traits that allowed for the audience to fall in love with each and every one of them.
Some memorable moments from the production include the hysterical audience participation of Caribbean Plaid featuring Matilda Matilda and the bringing on stage of well-known actress Sharon Spiegel-Wagner (The Dead Tinder Society) to play a little ditty on the melodica.
The production is 85 minutes that absolutely fly by, as you are invested in these harmonic singers quest to perform their first big show that include hits such as Catch A Falling Star, Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby, Perfidia, Love Is A Many Splendored Thing, Heart And Soul, and many more.
Go see this show. It’s something different, and you will walk out feeling good and whistling the tunes on your way home.
Forever Plaid will be showing at Pieter Toerien’s Montecasino Theatre until 3 November 2019. Tickets available from Computicket and the box office.