BY BILLY SUTER
A HILARIOUS survival guide for anyone brave enough to take on life’s ultimate challenge… that is what one can expect from Marriage For Dummies, a new show by award-winning Durban theatre darlings Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert.
Produced by the duo’s MacBob Productions, the show is scheduled to run from February 21 to March 11 – and good news is that this site has FOUR double tickets to give away to the February 21 performance. Details on how to enter appear at the end of this story.
“We all know that marriage is more than a relationship – it’s a wild adventure,” say Aaron and Lisa, adding that “navigating the ups and downs of married life takes planning, elbow grease and help!”.
Marriage For Dummies sees the real-life married couple sharing the secrets of marital bliss and helping people to come to gripe.. er grips… with a partner’s annoying habits “because when it comes to marriage most of us are dummies!”
Structured around the basic format of a Marriage Seminar, the production sees Aaron and Lisa lead the audience through the many trials and tribulations that affect all marriages. In the guise of whacky characters, they identify most of the “problems” marriages face.
Aptly styled the ‘Six Steps of Separation’, the key points identified include among others: Constant Fighting and Complaining; Household Chores and DIY; and The Outlaws (ie: not getting along with your partner’s family).
All the serious challenges are dealt with in a funny and light-hearted way. How the ‘problems’ are overcome is summarised in four basic, albeit humorous, ideas
- Lower Your Expectations – This is a funny look at attitude, expectations, blame and taking responsibility.
- Investments and Returns – basically, what you put into a marriage you get out. Discovering your partners love language and the importance of affirming each other.
- Team Work – Which basically boils down to communication. You don’t have to think the same, as long as you think together.
- Love is a verb! – Love is a do-ing word; it is a decision and not just a feeling.
“We believe that ‘comedy’ provides a unique framework, acknowledging the complexities of marriage without getting into the blame game, thus, allowing our audience to internalise the lessons without feeling condemned,” explains Aaron.
Cue Online’s reviewer, appraising the show during its debut run at the 2017 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, wrote: “This dynamic duo never disappoints. If you are in need of a good laugh and a relaxed evening out, this is the show to watch. A quirky mixture of comedy, dance and music with interesting insight on how to make a marriage last. It will keep you well entertained.”
Tickets for Marriage For Dummies at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre cost R150 throughout. The production previews on Wednesday, February 21, and opens on Thursday, February 22. Performances are at 7.30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays and 6pm on Sundays. Booking is at Computicket 0utlets.
WIN ONE OF FOUR SETS OF DOUBLE TICKETS TO SEE MARRIAGE FOR DUMMIES ON FEBRUARY 21
TO PUT yourself in line to win one of FOUR sets of double tickets to see Aaron and Lisa in Marriage For Dummies, at Durban’s Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at 7.30pm on Wednesday, February 21, you simply have to be a a follower of my site. At no cost.
If you are not already a follower, simply leave your email address in the space provided at the end of the cover page of this site, sosuterbill.com
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Once you have subscribed (there is no cost), send your NAME and PHONE NUMBER via email to email@example.com and place MARRIAGE COMPETITION in the subject field.
The FOUR lucky winners of double tickets will be chosen and notified at noon on Friday, February 16. Good luck!
NOTE: The lucky winners were Margaret Morsner, Jani Johnson and Shelley King.