The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner

Theatre • Running Time: 65 mins
With Andrew Laubscher, David Viviers & Megan Furniss | Written by Richard Kaplan | Lighting Guy de Lancey | Directed by Adrian Collins
PG 16 Nudity and Adult Themes
A comedy-drama about love, death and sex. While grappling with a sense of alienation and the spirit of his tragically deceased mother, Nate, a gay artist falls in love with James, his delightfully strange and unusual model. As their relationship grows, we discover why we are on earth, what Walt Whitman really meant, if James Franco is gay and what happened to J D Salinger. Don't miss it.
The play had its first outing as a staged reading at Alexander Bar earlier in 2016 and was wonderfully received by the audience for its humour, poignancy and quirkiness. The characters of portrait artist, Jewish mother and exuberant young gay man are brought together in close quarters by means of a fresh device. It's a rich and enjoyable piece full of literary musings, art, hangups, Jewish culture, sex, the naked body and even how to put together the perfect Friday night dinner.

Creative Team

Andrew Laubscher is a film and stage actor. He received a Fleur du Cap in 2014 for his role as Riff-Raff in Rocky Horror. He most recently appeared on stage at Alexander Bar in Louis Viljoen's acclaimted new play The Emissary.

Megan Furniss is an actor, playwright and improvisor. She works in many capacities as facilitator, writer and performer. She won a Fleur du Cap in 2009 for innovation in theatre. Her play The Tent was selected to be part of an exciting programme of African plays at the National Theatre Studio in London.

David Viviers received the Brett Goldin Bursary this year and was nominated for the 2015 Fleur du Cap for most promising student. He last appeared on stage at Alexander Bar in The Maids.

Adrian Collins is an actor and director. He directed A Steady Rain which premiered at Alexander Bar last year and is transferring to The Fugard Theatre in October. Look out for his hilarious web series, Ryno the game-ranger, on Youtube.

Guy de Lancey is a film and stage actor and director. He's worked extensively both locally and internationally. Local audiences will know him for his work as actor and director in The Mechanicals. He received a Fleur du Cap for his lighting design of Dead Yellow Sands which was staged at Alexander Bar.

Richard Kaplan is a medical doctor working in the field of HIV research at the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. The Finkelsteins are Coming to Dinner is his first produced play.

Evan Oberholster is a figurative artist who has provided the artworks for the play and will be exhibiting a series of male nudes in the parlour room of the Alexander Bar. The exhibition will run in conjunction with the runs of the play at Cape Town Fringe and Alexander Bar.

Nicholas Spagnoletti, playwright and owner of  Alexander Bar, is playing the role of consultant producer and dramaturg on this new production.

Press & Reviews

  • Mon 10th Oct 2016 The Cape Robyn blog
    "David won a Cape Town Fringe Fresh Award as Fresh Performer. Most deserved. Stunning performance. "
    It’s an ingenious device for playwright Richard Kaplan to present a wry commentary on everything from love, death, sexuality and Jewish identity"
  • Mon 10th Oct 2016 The Next 48 hours Link
  • Mon 10th Oct 2016 Broadway World
    "Furniss is something of a revelation - smart, carefully pitched performance"
    "offers an evening of solid entertainment"
    "For its pivotal love scene alone, it is worth going to see what is being cooked up for the Finkelsteins' visit."
    Review by David Fick
  • Mon 3rd Oct 2016 Critter
    "superbly rounded text" ... "all three of them were a joy to watch"

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