A quick newsflash – Don’t miss “Gertrude Stein and a Companion” at Theatre on the Square

Currently showing at Auto & General Theatre on the Square in Sandton until 16th November is a jewel of a production: Gertrude Stein and a Companion. (Ernest Hemingway, in a relationship of intense mutual dislike with Alice B.Toklas, refused to acknowledge her by name!)

And sadly when 4 of us went last Wednesday we comprised 1/3 of the audience. Again Jozi-ites …. where’s your support for excellent local productions??? Check these reviews by Robyn Sassen and Lesley Stones  

You gotta love the levels of reality of all these photos below: 

Alice B. Toklas and Gertrude Stein with their beloved Basket in 1944 (Photograph by Carl Mydans LIFE Picture Collection, Getty)
Shirley Johnston as Gertrude Stein and Lynita Crofford as Alice B.Toklas in the production currently showing at Auto & General Theatre on the Square until this Saturday 16th November
Shirley Johnston as Shirley Johnston and Lynita Crofford as Lynita Crofford after the performance in the theatre foyer – we could NOT believe the transformation.
Lynita Crofford and Daphne Kuhn, theatre owner, producer and director

Of course as an art historian I loved the many visual references to the works in Gertude and Alice’s art collection, including this iconic portrait by Picasso (which Stein left to MOMA) and which is often projected on the back wall of the stage set.

This is a production with brilliant acting, super clever funny incisive script, a wonderfully heartwarming poignant story and just generally first class theatre. Closes this coming Saturday. Thank you Daphne Kuhn (seen above with Lynita Crofford) for the amazing work you do for theatre and cultural events in Johannesburg. You are a #NationalTreasure 

PLEASE do not miss it this production.  Tuesday at R100 and the rest R150 or phone the Theatre Box Office on 011 883 8606 and get senior citizen rates of R110. You will not get better value for money than this! 

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