Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)


By: Mandy J Watson
Posted: 3 October 2017
Category: Review
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Does mentalist and magician Andrew Klazinga really have mental powers? He explores the possibilities in his first solo show, which is running as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival.

Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)

Mentalist and magician Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This) wins the award for the show with the longest title running as part of this year's Cape Town Fringe Festival. He's also the third, and final, magician to be participating in 2017. His show runs during the final week of the festival.

I attended on the opening night last night, which was held, as was Greg Gelb's show, at The Fringe Club at the German Club Cape Town. Unfortunately the show clashed with the Cape Town Magic Club's weekly Monday night shows for its season 5 run, which were only announced after the Cape Town Fringe Festival's schedule had been set, so the audience was, unfortunately, small.

Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)

This didn't deter Klazinga, however. When the show began he was a little stiff but once he got going he loosened up and started enjoying what he was doing, which came through in his performance. He had fun - and audiences can sense that; it makes a difference to the atmosphere in the room when the performer is loving what he is doing.

It was only later, when I spoke to him after the show, that I learnt that this was his first ever solo show. He has performed at private and corporate functions, where I have seen his work before, but I didn't realise this was his first time on stage with a full theatrical show designed for the general public. Now knowing that, I consider his show a particularly good effort.

If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This) is a combination of small, but effective, mentalism effects that are quite enjoyable to watch, a few more danger-filled mentalism effects that involve spikes and needles (but which aren't gross-out effects, should those who are squeamish be concerned), and a few touches of magic here and there.

Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)

Each effect is announced, via a screen on the side of the stage, with themes such as "Mind Control" and "Synchronicity" to tie in with the show's overall exploration of mentalism "powers", which Klazinga is the first to point out are not powers at all: this is magic - and entertainment... or is it?

Unfortunately sometimes I forgot to look at the screen to see what was next, probably because I was preoccupied with the magic, so it might have been helpful if Klazinga had more slowly announced what was to come next, and how it tied into his show's theme, to give the audience time to contemplate it. He has a tendency to speak very quickly, although I could see he was working hard to slow it down while on stage, so it's easy to miss these moments if you are an audience member.

Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)

A more deliberate pace and slower explanation would also have helped the transition from one effect to the next, which was a little choppy in places, especially at the beginning, but that is something he'll learn to smooth over with experience. Overall the routining and theme was great and it all came together wonderfully at the end with a prediction that had several audience members exclaiming in surprise.

There are small things that Klazinga will be tweaking as the show's run continues but it's nothing major, it's mainly technical and staging improvements, rather than improvements to the effects, which were performed smoothly. It's clear he's thought a lot about them and has put in many hours of practice on each one, as well as how best to put it all together.

Theatre Review: Andrew Klazinga's If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This)

The show was particularly good for a first solo effort - I wouldn't even have known that was the case if he hadn't told me - and I really enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to seeing more. I hope this will be the first of many annual productions.

Mandy J Watson was a media guest of the Cape Town Fringe Festival.

Andrew Klazinga will be performing If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This) at Jolly Carp, 38 Sasmeer Road, Sasmeer Estate, Retreat, Cape Town, on 4 October and 6 October at 18:00 and at The Fringe Club at the German Club Cape Town (Deutscher Verein Kapstadt), 6 Roodehek Terrace (off Hope Street), Cape Town, on 5 October and 7 October at 18:30, all as part of the Cape Town Fringe Festival.

If I Really Did Have Powers... (It Would Look Something Like This): Cape Town Fringe Festival/Booking Info, Facebook
Andrew Klazinga: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Cape Town Fringe Festival: Official Site, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter


Tags: #arts_and_culture, #cape_town, #magic





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