Theatreview Weekly: 26/07/2012

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including Why is Everybody So Full of Technique?, Nuclear Family and Waka.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including Why is Everybody So Full of Technique?, Nuclear Family, Waka, and Inviting Caroline.

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 Why is Everybody So Full of Technique?, Nuclear Family, Waka, and Inviting Caroline.

See more recent reviews at theatreview.org, the NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory.
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Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre, Auckland - WHY IS EVERYBODY SO FULL OF TECHNIQUE?: Quaint
- reviewed by Aidan-B. Howard

This story has a whacky premise. Pope Silverius (an actual sixth-century pope) is under seige from Empress Theodora (an actual Byzantine empress and wife of Justinian I). The two are at loggerheads over various issues, including that of monophysetism versus dyophysetism (whether Christ had one nature or two). Sounds riveting? Actually, it is hilarious.

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Circa Two, Wellington - NUCLEAR FAMILY: Intriguing meditation on fate delivered with impressive skill

- reviewed by John Smythe

As life goes on and on and on we like to think we have free choice and are in some sort of control over the course it takes for us. Those who emigrate are entitled to feel especially proactive in changing the outcomes of their life choices.

But as Desiree Gezentsvey’s Nuclear Family plays out, two words instantly alert us, in hindsight, to the realisation that other forces can and will upset our plans.

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Theatre Royal, Nelson - WAKA: Waves of movement, waves of emotion
- reviewed by Janet Whittington

Waka is a beautiful, tight, elegant show. Go.


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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - INVITING CAROLINE: Deftly written bad idea engagingly performed
- reviewed by Kathryn van Beek

Inviting Caroline begins with the ending (and ends with a new beginning, but we’ll get on to that later). Lights come up on a scene of chaos: three couples clinched together in furious rather than amorous embraces.

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Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - THE VALKYRIE (DIE WALKuRE) IN CONCERT: Valkyrie rides into a new era for Kiwi opera with performance of a lifetime
- reviewed by Sharon Talbot

The standing ovation said it all really – musically and dramatically, this was the performance of a lifetime. As a full-length, full-scale concert performance of The Valkyrie (a Wagner Ring Cycle opera), this performance made history. It also heralded a new era for opera in New Zealand by bringing to us a starry cast of international opera singers, including ten Kiwi singers who are cutting it on the world stage and who we rarely get a chance to hear live.

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Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington - THE VALKYRIE (DIE WALKüRE) IN CONCERT: Standing ovation for NZSO's Wagner
- reviewed by John Button

No-one in the world of music has polarised opinion as much as Richard Wagner, and no creative endeavour has so transcended the narrow world of music quite like his vast cycle of four music dramas – The Ring of the Nibelung. Yet, here in July 2012 was the first time the most "stand-alone" of the four operas has been performed in New Zealand, albeit in a concert performance.

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Downstage Theatre, Wellington - MAGNOLIA STREET: Warm the heart on Magnolia Street

- reviewed by Ewen Coleman

Streets are always full of fascinating characters and Magnolia Street, Capital E National Theatre For Children's latest production, is no exception.

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Downstage Theatre, Wellington - MAGNOLIA STREET: Heart-warming comedy with emotion and butts
- reviewed by Peter McKenzie

The theatre was packed and the atmosphere expectant. The lights dimmed, the jaunty guitar strumming started and the three actors trooped on stage. Right from the get-go the use of technology was playful yet smart.

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Maidment, Auckland - AWATEA: Mason’s work still relevant in superb retelling
- reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton

Committed cast delivers moving piece on deception in rural Maori community

ATC has stumbled on to a winner with its lovingly crafted revivals of Bruce Mason's seldom-staged studies of rural Maori communities of the 50s and 60s.

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Maidment, Auckland - AWATEA: Awatea Shines Brightly
- reviewed by Sharu Delilkan

You knew the writing was on the wall the minute you walked into the theatre. I’m of course referring to the beautifully chalked letters that 'panoramically' filled the backdrop of the entire stage. So dramatic, intriguing and utterly effective was this device ...

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Maidment, Auckland - AWATEA: Rare opportunity to see great Kiwi classic enhanced by innovations

- reviewed by John Smythe

Given opening night’s standing ovation, a waiata of appreciation (the Nagti Porou song ‘Paikea’) led by East Coasters in the audience, and a Maidment foyer alive with visceral post-show appreciation, the most important thing to say is “Go!”

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Metro Theatre, Mangere, Auckland - HAU ‘O MOMO - THE WAY OF MOMO: Lyrical and enchanting
- reviewed by Margi Martin

Three women sit cross legged and begin lyrical hand gestures, embodying the waking of the village. Eight girls and then eight boys are now on their feet, travelling, stomping, falling and rising and leaping joyfully. In the front row, we feel part of the village. The choir was in front of us but at some point as the dancers changed places and formations they moved to the back of the floor facing us in two semi-circled rows. Gorgeous women dance, followed by men and boys holding small paddles and gently stomping their feet like repetitive drones. It is intergenerational. The connection and love of a community is evident.

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The Riverbank Centre, Whangarei - SILENT NIGHT: Bitter-sweet clarity carries laugh 'til you cry survivor story
- reviewed by Lindy Laird

Yvette Parsons' one-woman, one act play Silent Night is as resonant as a long life lived in middle New Zealand: brimming with laughs, hurt, joy, hope, disappointment, satisfaction and sadness.

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