Gertrude Stein and A Companion

Drama • Running Time: 70 mins
Directed by Chris Weare | Written by Win Wells | Performed by Lynita Crofford and Shirley Johnston | Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French .SAMUEL FRENCH LTD
Back by popular demand! Gertrude Stein and companion returns to Alexander bar following a sold out run earlier this year.

This evocative and witty play explores the extraordinary relationship between lifelong partners Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas who rejected the conservative values of middle class America in the early nineteen hundreds and found refuge in the bohemian decadence of Paris… and in each other.   

Stein drew artistic genius to her salon like a magnet, numbering among her close friends Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Klee and Scott Fitzgerald among other artists, writers and poets. They regularly gathered at what became known as the ‘Mecca for the modern-minded’ where they inspired each other to create art, drank often, fought often, fell in and out of love… and occasionally indulged in Alice’s hash brownies.  The mystique of the ‘lost generation’ in Paris, a term coined by Stein, serves as a colourful backdrop to a tender and unconventional love story which Wells has woven into an absorbing theatre piece.   

Press & Reviews

  • Wed 10th Oct 2018 Weekend Special

    "Lynita’s Alice is solid and terse and grumpy and witty. She is also entirely transformed from her usual blonde and sexy self."

    "Shirley’s Gertrude is expansive and cheeky and bold and lyrical. Her warmth and sparkle radiate from her."

    "I loved them. I loved the characters and I loved the performers playing them."

    "I am seldom jealous of beautiful scripts, but this one made me wish I had written it."

    "Chris Weare is in his element here as a director. His control, pace, vision and even quirky humour is evident in this hour-long delight."

  • Fri 7th Sep 2018 The Cape Robyn blog

    "Shirley and Lynita– under the precise direction of Chris– conjure up the feisty spirit, acerbic wit of Gertrude and Alice."

    "Crofford is stylish and chic as Alice and she captivates the feisty Gertrude in front of our eyes."

    Review of Gertrude Stein

  • Tue 19th Jun 2018 Blogs

    "Gertrude was alive in Shirley Johnston. Sassy as all hell, yet vulnerable (as only pioneering artists and change-makers can be)"

    "The two doyens of the South African Stage were magnificent and flawless. A triumph, really."

    "Do go see it. It’s a performance masterclass."   


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