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IN a bid to give exposure to so-called community theatre shows the South African State Theatre in Pretoria will briefly stage three productions in February.

IN a bid to give exposure to so-called community theatre shows the South African State Theatre in Pretoria will briefly stage three productions in February.

Shows such as Duma Mnembe's Seipati, Julian Seleke-Mokoto's Mary: The Unfaithful Woman and Sins of a Man by Thapelo Motloung are on the bill.

The shows will run from February 10 to 28 at the Momentum of the State Theatre. All three productions will be given a five-day run.

Mary: The Unfaithful Woman is a hard-hitting drama that depicts the battle of the sexes, the love wars that couples wage against each other in a struggle to overcome their emotional dependency - leading to selfdestruction, hate bitterness and tragedy.

The show has been performed in main theatres such as the Market in Newtown.

Seleke-Mokoto is the founder of the acclaimed Gauteng Abangani Theatre Group and the cast members are Dieketseng Mnisi, Daniel Mooi and Mpho Siboa. Mary: The Unfaithful Woman will run from February 10 to 14.

Sins of a Man is a two-hander performed by Charles Sello Mphana and Sibusiso Kunene. It is a complex and emotional tale about betrayal, hate, love, forgiveness and family ties.

The show is provocative yet amusing.

Motloung, who owns Mthakathi Productions, is an award-winning playwright and director. Sins of a Man will be staged from February 17 to 21.

Mnembe's production, Seipati, examines power relations between three women and cuts across issues of financial blues, sexual orientation and the effects of religion.

The cast members are Stella Ndlandla, Diane Maseko and Nomsa Buthelezi. Seipati will be on from February 24 to 28. Shows on Wednesday to Saturday start at 8pm and on Sunday at 3pm.

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