Theatreview Weekly: 13/12/2012

Megachristmas
A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Megachristmas, Die Fledermaus, A Christmas Carol, and The Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Megachristmas, Die Fledermaus, A Christmas Carol, and The Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?

See more recent reviews at theatreview.org, the NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Megachristmas, Die Fledermaus, A Christmas Carol, and The Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?

See more recent reviews at theatreview.org, the NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - MEGACHRISTMAS: Clever contemporary merry romp could use a mega-edit
- reviewed by Kate Ward-Smythe

To the Basement Theatre team or person who secured Kim Dotcom to play the role of Santa – the man on the cover of last month’s WIRED magazine; the man Kiwis have elevated from obscurity to folklore in an 11 month whirlwind of drama; the man who outsmarted the FBI and Hollywood; the man who put inflatable tanks on his front yard to steel himself for the fight; the man who exposed John Banks as a liar (in my opinion), and made John Key’s government, the NZ Police and the GCSB look like incompetent blundering followers of American law enforcers, with no regard for our own democratic jurisdiction – I salute and celebrate your mega-casting-coup.

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Opera Factory, 7 Eden Street Newmarket, Auckland - DIE FLEDERMAUS: A sight and sound to behold
- reviewed by Penny Dodd

The word “sparkle” came quickly to mind as the opening night audience settled in to the first act of Johann Strauss’s famous operetta, premiered in Vienna in 1874. This production glitters and glows as it delivers a fast paced, thoroughly enjoyable evening of delightful nineteenth century musical entertainment.

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Circa Two, Wellington - A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Rich plum pudding of a rendition
- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

‘Has much changed?’ is a question asked by Ray Henwood in the programme of his production of A Christmas Carol when we compare Victorian society with our own. Human nature hasn’t improved and Dickens’s message of the necessity of simple kindness, good cheer and redemption is as important as ever.

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BATS, Wellington - THE IMPOSTAR: WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?: Talent raw yet it’s impressive
- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

Jason Chasland has a cult following of hysterical screamers who were out in full force for the opening night of his The ImpoSTAR as they whooped, hollered and screeched with laughter throughout his seventy minute show.

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The Pumphouse, Takapuna, Auckland - THE SANTA CLAUS SHOW (2012): Santa’s timely antidote to commercial hype
- reviewed by Vanessa Byrnes

This show is fast becoming a Kiwi classic. Now in its eleventh season – which alone says something of its enduring appeal – The Santa Claus Show 2012 is a lively take on the real spirit of Christmas, delivered in a dynamic way. It feels as fresh as the first performance.

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Globe Theatre, Dunedin - SONGBIRD: Verbal gymnastics and gentle deepening captivate
- reviewed by Terry MacTavish

Huber’s beautifully crafted Glorious was also a romantic comedy with a wittily sparring couple, but while that was firmly set in 30s America, Songbird is Kiwi-as, despite the fact that the bride is Chinese, and the policeman resembles Portwenn’s hapless constable in Doc Martin.

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Globe Theatre, Dunedin - SONGBIRD: Simple, charming entertainment
- reviewed by Barbara Frame

In the centre of the stage there's a sofa, and on the sofa sit Angie and James. Angie's a barefoot, runaway bride and Luke's a policeman. They spend most of the hour-long play on the sofa, in a series of short scenes during which they chat, flirt, snooze and bicker.

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Whangarei Girls High School, Lupton Avenue, Whangarei - THE BLUE AIRPLANE: Energy, imagination and inventiveness
- reviewed by David Stevens

The Northland Youth Theatre has another small triumph on its hands with The Blue Airplane being presented at the Whangarei Girls High School. It is a piece of extraordinarily inventive theatre.

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Circa Two, Wellington - A CHRISTMAS CAROL: As satisfying an ensemble piece as a solo performance can ever be
- reviewed by Maryanne Cathro

Dickens’ Christmas story of Scrooge’s redemption is almost as famous as the one about the baby, the virgin and the stable; indeed I suspect that more versions of it have been produced for stage and TV. And yet, while all of these adaptations may capture the story, I wonder how many of us have read the original novella, or heard it read?

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BATS, Wellington - THE IMPOSTAR: WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS?: Talent-laden blast from many a past
- reviewed by John Smythe

Judging by the opening night audience reaction, culminating in a standing ovation, Jason Chasland is onto a winner with The ImpoSTAR: Who Does He Think He Is?

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Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington - THE NOTHING: More like David Attenborough than Sigmund Freud
- reviewed by Jennifer Shennan

The hour-long work opens with a line-up of the four dancers delivering snatches of introductory text that set the mood of discomfort and dislocation that hovers throughout. There are solo and duo dances but rarely anything that involves the quartet moving together. Themes of loneliness, of isolation, of insecurity, of need, of inadequacy, of bitterness in personal (read ‘sexual’) relationships are referenced but not resolved.

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