Tracey Saunders gave it a thumbs up in The Cape Times
And Theresa Smith did too in The Argus Tonight.
“ODDLY named, Song and Dance turned out to be an entertaining slip of a comedy.
Short and to the point, the little play does contain a bit of song and dance, but not in the way you would expect from vaudeville or a musical.
It does play a bit on the expression though, in that it presents us with a familiar statement that turns out to be untrue, but only to the extent that it messes with our assumptions.
The dark comedy features three characters: two burglars and a tenant.
It starts with the two inept burglars rifling through a flat, bemoaning the lack of anything worthwhile to steal.
The set is the most elaborate Iâ€™ve seen at Kalk Bay Theatre â€“ an open plan lounge cluttered with bright pillows, lamps and kitchen accoutrement on the bar â€“ which then makes fun of the song and dance statement and the play continues in this vein of presenting you with a particular picture that is then proved untrue in words.
Turns out the bumbling burlgars have broken into the wrong flat and they then get to know a whole lot more about the woman than they wanted.
Andile (Nebulane) seems to be the older, more worldly-wise one, while Fikile (Situlweni) still dreams big, even if he canâ€™t follow through on what he wants out of life. Still, for all that they have so little that they feel they need to take from others, they have got each other which is more than their victim has.
Written by Megan Furniss, this is the directorial debut of Ntombi Makhutshi who certainly picked up a lot of good lessons from her stint on London Road.
Makhutshi keeps the pace fast, using Furnissâ€™s satirical script to keep the audience bemused and the plot unfolding at a manageable rate.
Nebulane and Situlweni provide lots of laughter with their physical comedy, while Njokweni gives us the pathos with her shell person. She creates a character who looks like she has everything on the surface, but once you start scratching you realise there is not a lot inside.
The guys go from inept to menacing at a drop of a hat, while Njokweniâ€™s character pokes sly fun at our celebrity culture. They raise some interesting points about what it means to have stuff and whether this means youâ€™ve actually made it in life â€“ but donâ€™t be sidetracked by philosophical points. Pay attention to the words because the jokes come fast.
At just under an hour, the play is very short, but that is good because stretching it further would have belaboured the point. The story reaches a point where the burglars have to make a decision about what to do next, and they do.
Watch it to find out what they decide. Itâ€™s a well-spent hour.”