Obedience training for men

03 June 2005

Want to train your man to sit, stay and wash dishes? Then be sure to catch Train Your Man at Artscape's Arena Theatre until June 18. Performed and written by Shirley Kirchmann (above) and directed by Anthea Thompson, the play is a hilarious study of contemporary relationships. Meet the heartbroken teenager, the disillusioned housewife, the Botox bimbo and the ditched wife who are the perfect candidates for training offered by Hettie and her revolutionary take on male obedience. Hettie's approach is firmly based on the Barbara Woodhouse dog training methods, and Train Your Man (Pty) Ltd is the first male behaviour modification obedience school. A UCT alumnus, Kirchmann was recently seen in her successful one-woman comedy Scratch and is notorious for her black comedy. (Otherwise known as black humour, black comedy first appeared in the late 1950s and early 1960s in American literature and finds great humour in what most people regard as inappropriate subject matter. Black comedy mocks serious topics such as death and religion and makes fun of various organised, logical aspects of everyday existence). Performances are at 20h15 Tuesday to Saturday and tickets cost R65. Monday performances are at 19h00 with low-price tickets at R35. Senior citizens and students pay R35 if tickets are purchased one hour prior to the performance. Bookings can be made through Dial-a-seat on tel 421 7695, at the theatre or online at www.computicket.com.

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