Monkey Nuts 2012

Monkey_Nuts_2012_web17 - 18 April 2012

Durban audiences will soon have the opportunity to experience the hysterical brilliance of MONKEY NUTS - acknowledged by critics country-wide as one of South Africa’s most cleverly-crafted and funniest shows currently on stage. MONKEY NUTS is the latest offering from celebrated actor Matthew Ribnick and acclaimed writer/director Geraldine Naidoo, the creators of the hugely popular HOOT and THE CHILLI BOY.

MONKEY NUTS received the prestigious Naledi award for “Best Comedy Performance” in 2011 and enjoyed standing ovations at every performance during the 2011 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.

The show sees Ribnick portraying numerous characters from diverse backgrounds – switching roles with ease and dexterity. Like HOOT and THE CHILLI BOY, MONKEY NUTS has had audiences in stitches with its clever mix of situational comedy, storytelling and hilarious characters.

It tells the story of an eccentric bank teller, Edgar Chambers, whose main hobby is monitoring the prices of grocery items in various stores.  So skilled is he at his hobby that he can tell you the price of any grocery item, anywhere and at any given time. He is also obsessed with entering all sorts of competitions, and it is this obsession that sparks off the madcap story that has had audiences around South Africa gasping for breath. 

Edgar’s only friend is a monkey that lives in the back of a pet shop but, as the story unfolds, audiences are spoilt with a bevy of Ribnick’s brilliantly portrayed characters – all with some sort of connection to Edgar.

MONKEY NUTS will be performed at the Sneddon Theatre for TWO NIGHTS ONLY on the 17th and 18th of April.  Tickets normally cost R120 per ticket but there is a midweek half-price special for these two performances at R60 per ticket.  Bookings can be made through COMPUTICKET.

The show is not suitable for persons under the age of 16 due to language.

“The funniest play of the year”  
Moira De Swart, Artslink

“Matthew Ribnick is one of the most talented actors I’ve ever seen on a stage”
Estelle Sinkins, The Witness

“superb acting”
  Candice Soobramoney, Post

“clever, funny, smart”
  Colin Roopnarain, Sunday Tribune

“One of the sharpest, cleverest and funniest theatrical comedy shows around”
  Christina Kennedy, Cue online

“There’s just no stopping the energy and excellence of one of this country’s most popular and acclaimed solo performers – versatile and vibrant Boksburg boytjie Matthew Ribnick”
  Billy Suter, The Mercury

“dit lewer ‘n uitklophou so reg op jou hart … Monkey Nuts is eenvoudig ‘n pragstuk”
  Jeanne Calitz, Die Burger

“fun-filled and engaging theatre”
  Tyrone August, Cape Times

“Ribnick’s acting is more athletic than ever.  His range and stamina are amazing.  He even extends himself to some delightful singing and dancing”
  Zane Henry, Cape Argus

“Well worth watching!”
  Ailsa Windsor, Going Places

“Clever script and superb delivery had opening night audiences laughing from beginning to end”
  Maurice Kort, Artsmart

“his performance is mind-blowing”
  Latoya Newman, Daily News

“The pacy play is meticulously scripted and there isn’t a dull moment.  It’s a marvelous night out”
  Masood Boomgaard, TRIBUNE Herald

“What astounds is the speed with which Ribnick moves from one character into another without missing a beat”
  Chris Meklis, The Sunday Independent

“engaging laugh-a-minute comedy”
  Annette Bayne, The Citizen

“comedy tour de force”
  Christina Kennedy, Jewish Report

“Beautifully written and performed with passion”
  Astrid Stark, Cape Times