Theatreview Weekly: 04/11/10

Cabaret.
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The following reviews have been added to theatreview.org.nz in the last week.

Theatreview is the New Zealand Performing Arts Review & Directory.

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The Forge at The Court Theatre, Christchurch - TWO FISH 'N' A SCOOP: Marvellous showcase of skill and invention
- reviewed by Lindsay Clark

Gregory Cooper and his team have a fine old time rendering it in theatrical terms, though whether the comedic highlights, enjoyable though they be, serve the playwright's aspiration to deal with 'important social issues' as well in this medium was less evident to me.

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St James Theatre, Wellington - THE NUTCRACKER: A delightful comic cracker
- reviewed by Jennifer Shennan

This ballet is a delightful romp and enormous fun, with much adventure, high comedy, fine dancing, spirited music and fabulous stage effects throughout. Gary Harris makes a new setting for an old tale, giving energy and interest to the story line. Production values are as high as we always expect with this company.

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Basement Theatre, Auckland - MOJO: Rock'n'roll gangsters pack a punch
- reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton

Playwright Jez Butterworth is one of British theatre's rising stars and the Basement's production of his 1995 breakthrough play makes it easy to see why.

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Salon Perdu Spiegeltent, Auckland - CABARET: Atmosphere, intimacy and songs with a political edge
- reviewed by Janet McAllister

"Do I shock you?" Sally asks Cliff. "Are you trying to shock me?" he counters. And the answer - both for Sally and for this fabulous, original, risque production of Cabaret is: yes. Why else would Michael Hurst be running around with a two-foot dildo sticking out of his Y-fronts?

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The Forge at The Court Theatre, Christchurch - TWO FISH 'N' A SCOOP: Home truths funny and easy to swallow
- reviewed by Alan Scott

Shark and taties has never tasted better. Indeed, the Forge's latest offering gives a whole new meaning to Bertolt Brecht's idea of culinary theatre. It is called Two Fish 'n' a Scoop and you won't need any extra sauce.

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Downstage - return season, Wellington - APOLLO 13: MISSION CONTROL: Wellington, we have another hit Apollo 13 launch
- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

With the coveted Purple Pin as well as the Gold Pin for the Best Installation of the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Awards for 2010 safely tucked in its nose cone, Apollo 13: Mission Control is back again for a second time at Downstage for another season of the most unusual interactive theatre you are ever likely to come across.

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Downstage - return season, Wellington - APOLLO 13: MISSION CONTROL: If only algebra had been this exciting in the third form!
- reviewed by Maryanne Cathro

This is the third season of Apollo 13 in Wellington - the first in Bats and the second earlier this year, also at Downstage. I am sure that many theatre goers were as excited and relieved as I that we had another chance at this show. How often in theatre does this happen? You miss a season and unlike movies, there is no subsequent DVD release.

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Salon Perdu Spiegeltent, Auckland - CABARET: A sight for all eyes: a must
- reviewed by Adey Ramsel

A drum roll, a cymbal and we're there, but this ain't no Cabaret you've seen before ... Set in the bygone magnificence of Salon Perdu Spiegeltent, this production pays homage, breaks new ground, sets standards, re-invents the genre and literally shreds the musical to its bare essentials.

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St James Theatre, Wellington - THE NUTCRACKER: Unfailing popular appeal
- reviewed by Jenny Stevenson

Harris has inverted many of the ballet's conventions to fit his own slightly wacky take, which is set in a children's hospital and creates a series of visual gags and caricatures for our amusement. It is not in any way satirical, but appears to be rather a subversion of the sacrosanct in order to inject a little levity into the proceedings.

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Te Whaea, Wellington - THE POHUTUKAWA TREE: Decline of Maori language gives play relevance
- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

The opening night of The Pohutukawa Tree, the first of two productions of wildly different New Zealand plays by the graduating students of Toi Whakaari, was given strong contemporary relevance by the announcement on Wednesday of the Waitangi Tribunal finding that te reo is in serious decline.

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Basement Theatre, Auckland - MOJO: A theatrical treat and not a weak link
- reviewed by Adey Ramsel

First and foremost design is kingpin in this gangster-filled, amphetamine-fuelled caper. Set in the London of rock and roll, drugs, guns, hard liquor, gangs and nightclubs, Mojo depicts the kind of cuddly gangster we can laugh at. But in, around, under and on top of all the hard-working cast do, the set and the simple but very workable lighting are the stars of the show.

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Hawkes Bay Opera House, Hastings - SHORTS: Theatre that engages the intellect a pleasure
- reviewed by Kirsty van Rijk

Shorts is a production of Theatre Comrades, a Hawkes Bay based Theatre Company headed by Megan Peacock and Sally Richards. Peacock and Richards' goal is to foster local and emerging performers, but to also bring quality drama to the provincial stage.

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Te Whaea, Wellington - WILD CABBAGE: Well-performed theatrical anarchy
- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

With the exception of Red Mole New Zealand theatre hadn't really come face to face before 1985 with such theatrical anarchy as Wild Cabbage, with its outrageous parody of family life, its slapstick, its complicated word games, its repetitions, and its expressionistic staging of urban isolation. All of which are well performed by the graduating students.

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4 Nov 2010

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