A Little Political Incorrectness (In Drag) Never Hurt Anyone

In my personal experience, South Africans tend not to worry about political correctness.  One night in Cape Town, I was impressed by the drag show unfolding before me entitled “Bangbroek Mountain” – a musical version of Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, that, dare I say, quite improved upon the movie.  Here to seemingly perpetuate this truth is Pieter-Dirk Uys, a Cape Town based satirist, with his Elections and Erections.

A one-man drag show that pretty much only covers the taboo topics of politics and sex, nobody in either industry is safe: we’ll hear all about the Obamas, the Clintons, apartheid supporters, Communists, Democrats, and even Mr. Mandela.  He’ll perform also as his famed alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout – the self-proclaimed “most famous white woman in Africa.”  The head of her own political party, Evita’s People’s Party, and the recipient of her own awards from women’s groups in South Africa, Bezuidenhout is the very picture of what we might call a “hot mess” – she’s got a penchant for large jewelry and bright pink dresses.  This outrageous show takes politics about ten steps farther than John Stewart and Stephan Colbert combined.  Make that twenty steps, since they don’t dress in drag.

Pieter-Dirk Uys and Evita Bezuidenhout’s performance of Elections and Erections will be at UCLA’s Glorya Kaufman Hall on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at 7:00pm.  For more information, please call (310) 825-2101 or click here.   Then they’ll be at REDCAT on Friday, October 9 at 8:30pm.  For more information, please call (213) 237-2800 or click here

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