Best Man’s Speech is the other one man show by Louw Venter which I went to watch at the Kalk Bay Theatre. While Out of Time was more serious with light moments, Best Man’s Speech is more funny with little edge to it.
As the title suggests, the play is basically a speech given by a best man at a wedding. He starts off having had one too many nerve-settling drinks and a number of toasts later, finds himself pretty toasted. His speech becomes a little too honest, providing some hilarious moments as well as some sad moments as he becomes a little maudlin.
The play is very entertaining. As much hilarity is supplied by his drunken antics as by the actual lines. I found myself wondering whether the 2 bottles of champagne he consumed were actually real!
Anybody who has attended some weddings will be aware of the dynamics involved in the best man’s speech. The lines that shouldn’t be crossed, the length of the speech and the responsibilites which need to be fulfilled. Louw Venter does a good job of showing how it shouldn’t be done.
I enjoyed the play and it was nice to do something different, but I think I’ve had enough theatre to last me a while.
Best Man’s Speech runs until November 17th on selected dates and tickets are R100.
Kalk Bay Theatre
52 Main Rd, Kalk Bay
Bookings : 073 220 5430