NEW YORK COMEDY CLUB: Some of Durban’s finest comedians and new acts will be showcased tomorrow at the New York Comedy Club (New York Bar, 101 Innes Road, Morningside) during the Battle of the Noobs competition. Six new acts will compete for an awesome prize and the honour of being called “Noob of the Night”. Popular comedian Jem Atkins will host the event, with funnyman Dusty Rich headlining. 8.30pm to 9.30pm. Free. For bookings, call 031 312 9605.
SEABROOKES THEATRE: Durban High School’s Seabrooke’s Theatre will start the year with Tthinskin’s production of Callum’s Will, written and directed by Janna Ramos-Violante and starring Darren King and Clinton Small. The show will run until Sunday, February 10 at 7.30pm nightly, with no shows on Mondays. Callum’s Will, set in London in the early Nineties, takes the audience on an almost filmic experience as the unlikely relationship of the two male characters evolves from an awkward first encounter to a deep, lasting friendship which neither expects nor understands. Sometimes in life friendships choose us. Tickets: R80, call 083 250 2690.
BEACH PARTY: The Barnyard Theatre, Gateway, opens its first show for the year Surf's Up today. The show also stars Durban's Jae and Clinton Philander on lead vocals.
BARNYARD THEATRE: You get the ultimate beach party experience in Surf’s Up, running until March 3. Surf’s Up will sail you to exotic musical destinations such as Jamaica, where you can dance the night away to the sounds of Bob Marley and UB 40. Then head to California for the sounds of The Beach Boys, and on to Miami with bikini girls Katy Perry and Sheryl Crow. Let’s not forget the South African beach party with the magic of Mango Groove. Tickets: R140 from Wednesday to Saturday, R105 every Tuesday night and R95 for Sunday matinee. For bookings, call 031 566 3045.
HERITAGE THEATRE: The Gee Jays (Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell) are back on stage with Don’t Tune Me – Ek Sê. The line-up will have you rolling in the aisles as well as remembering what you were doing when these tunes were being spun: Pretty Belinda, Yellow River, Tie a Yellow Ribbon, I Can See Clearly Now, Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, Rhinestone Cowboy and more. The Gee Jays are backed by Andy Turrell (guitar), Jill Murray Brown (bass), Francois Hardy (drums) and directed by Calli Thomson on keyboards. Tickets: R195 Wednesday to Saturdays and R165 Tuesdays and Sunday matinee. All prices include a two-course meal. A show only option is R120. Bookings: 031 7654197.
CITY HALL: The Indian Comedy Kings brings together some of the hottest names in local comedy for a spicy, side-splittingly funny one-night-only extravaganza. Featuring Muthu Murugan, Sagie Murugan, Neville Pillay and Afzal Khan, the stand-up comedy offering promises to be a show to remember. Durban City Hall, Saturday, at 8pm. Tickets: R100 from Computicket and Shoprite.
STABLE THEATRE: Inkonyane Engegama (The Calf With No Name). A new children’s stage play, runs from February 12 to 16 daily at 10am. Created by Clinton Marius, the production is translated into Zulu and directed by Mpume Mthombeni. The story traces the journey a Zulu boy must take in order to set right a terrible wrong he has committed. Featuring Sifiso Cele, Musa Ntuli, Noluthando Kubeka and Qaphela Makhoba. Tickets: R25, R20 for block bookings of 20 or more. To book, call 031 309 2513.
ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE: Pieter-Dirk Uys has prepared four hours of performance choices in An Audience with Pieter-Dirk Eish! Every night will feature a different show of 90 minutes, because the audience decides what they want. It could be Evita Bezuidenhout as a new ANC cadre, or Nowell Fine celebrating 40 years in the public eye. Maybe a Malema in Gucci or chains, some Zumas, married or not, one or two Mandelas, a Tutu, a PW or a Pik. Runs from February 26 to March 10, Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 3pm. Tickets: R140 at Computicket.