Reviews Tjuning Johnny Boskak

Tjuning Johnny Boskak

A denim-clad man paces the stage in NG Kerk Hall. This is  the eponymous Johnny. He stops and stares stoically at  the audience. As of now, we don’t know why Johnny Boskak  is feeling funny.  “The name’s Johnny Boskak and here’s my plak,” he  says, “I’m tjuning you bru, there’s a whole lot to do.”  “You look like you’re not hooking, into what’s cooking,  inside my brain,” he continues. We laugh, getting our fill of  South African colloquialisms.  The show uses rhyming couplets, and the audience  never tires of Johnny’s slick verses.

Craig Morris appears in Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny. Photo: CuePix/Kate Janse van Rensburg

Craig Morris appears in Johnny Boskak is Feeling Funny. Photo: CuePix/Kate Janse van Rensburg

Craig Morris sublimely  plays a variety of roles cleverly creating a mix of drama and  comedy deserving of its Standard Bank Ovation Award.  Johnny’s character is boisterously endearing; it’s like  hanging out in a bar with your favourite oke, swinging  around a quart of Black Label, retelling stories of his glory  days.

Johnny is ex-SADF and disillusioned about his place in  the new South Africa. He hitchhikes out of Durban looking  for affection and salvation. Along the road he flirts with  the underbelly of South African society and a troublesome  angel named Eve. Very quickly they are on the run.  “The thing about heaven is that heaven is hell,”  Johnny laments as he sets out on a search for love and  redemption.

Heather Cameron
Cue student reporter

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