Theater: Jumpin' Jo'burg

Wait a Minim! is an ingratiating musical revue that is light of hand, light of heart, and light of foot, possibly because the cast is barefoot most of the time. This sparklingly talented company (five men, three girls) seems to share its songs rather than sell them, knows how to sail its jokes across the footlights rather than slug them, and times its spoofy skits to the precise half note (which is what a minim is).

The troupers are mostly South Africans, and like all inhabitants of peripheral cultures, they are both keenly aware of,...

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