Winner of The Jessie Award for Outstanding Original Play, Vigil has been described as "wickedly dark", "devilishly funny", and "a small masterpiece". To that I'd add this: it's one of the funniest plays you'll see this year.
"It is about life and death, family, loneliness and the often unlikely connections between people," actor and producer Graham Hopkins said in an earlier interview. "In its madness and sometimes almost farcical nature, it somehow manages to strike a chord of universal truth."
Writer Morris Panych agrees. "The play addresses key issues many people face on a daily basis," he said. "There isn't a single person sitting in this theatre who won't fundamentally understand."
In the end, the dark humour's delicious one-liners are balanced with some sweet moments, tying it all up with a twist at the end. What a great night out!
Vigil runs at the Fugard Studio Theatre in Cape Town from 13 to 27 July. Performances are nightly at 8pm with matinees on Saturdays at 4pm. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket or by calling the Fugard Theatre box office on +27 (0)21 461 4554. Generous discounts are available for Friends of the Fugard, which you can sign up for by calling the box office or by going to www.thefugard.com.