Theatreview Weekly: 15/11/2012

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Mancub, Eigengrau, Tell Me On a Sunday, and The Motor Camp.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Mancub, Eigengrau, Tell Me On a Sunday, and The Motor Camp.

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: Mancub, Eigengrau, Tell Me On a Sunday, and The Motor Camp.

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

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - EIGENGRAU: Tight, effective, intelligent and fervent directing of assertive, authentic and raw performances
- reviewed by Lexie Matheson

I’d also go as far as to say that [Skinner is] one of the writers (potent pause) Productions was created for. I started this review talking about how the idea of going to the theatre ‘because it’s good for us’ has changed over the decades but I find that, even when I know I’m going to be emotionally challenged almost to my limit, experiencing a (potent pause) production is always good for me – and usually in ways I wasn’t altogether expecting.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - EIGENGRAU: Deconstructed modern romcom engages well at emotional level
- reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton

In choosing a recent work from a rising star of British theatre, Potent Pause Productions is looking towards younger audiences while building on its reputation for taking on challenging works from the modernist canon.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - EIGENGRAU: More than black and white
- reviewed by Matt Baker

Though (potent pause) Productions is a somewhat obscure company – 13 productions in 11 years, with a slight emphasis on the works of Pinter and a bit of Mamet and Ionesco thrown in for good measure – it seems this company has a knack for not only stellar casts who make the most of poignant pieces, but also taking their time and developing a commendable and solid body of work.

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Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St, Auckland - TELL ME ON A SUNDAY: At her best with lyrical, understated interpretation of ballads
- reviewed by Adey Ramsel

The decision to stage this rarely performed one-act musical is hardly a risk, what with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s name on the credits, but it does put the pressure on to deliver the goods once the lights go down.

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Centrepoint, Palmerston North - THE MOTOR CAMP: More to these archetypical characters than first meets the eye
- reviewed by Richard Mays

Frustration can be a funny thing. And frustration is exactly what fuels the fun in this raunchy summer holiday romp.

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Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - MANCUB: Identity crisis in the teenage jungle
- reviewed by Nik Smythe

But as the story advances his personal reality becomes increasingly ambiguous. He starts communicating with animals, eventually believing he can actually transform into different creatures. The drama comes to an unnerving head when traumatic events lead his bestial instincts to take control over his human sense of reason.

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Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - MANCUB: Lacks Bite
- reviewed by James Wenley

Mancub tells the familiar story of teenager’s rite of passage from adolescence to manhood. Paul (Ryan Dulieu) traverses the terrain of teachers, parents, his first girlfriend, and school sport. There is one major complication: Paul begins to take on the characteristics of different animals ...

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Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland - PACIFIC DANCE LABORATORY 2012: Another year of discovery for Pacific Dance Aotearoa.
- reviewed by Teokotai Paitai

The Pacific Dance Choreographic Lab was set up to offer emerging choreographers, of Pacific descent, the chance to present a 10-15 minute work that they would like to develop, without the pressures of producing a show. This year each choreographer was given rehearsal space, dancers’ and promotion of their new work. Each choreographer also had 2 months to prepare their work, the longest time offered so far, for the ‘lab’.

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Fortune Theatre, Dunedin - CALENDAR GIRLS: Fine entertainment from expert cast
- reviewed by Barbara Frame

Directed by Shane Anthony, the Fortune's production is fine entertainment. The 11-strong, highly experienced cast works together brilliantly, and I particularly enjoyed Danny Still's cameo as Lawrence, the clever and initially terrified photographer, in the photo-shoot scene.

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Fortune Theatre, Dunedin - CALENDAR GIRLS: Finely nuanced relationships
- reviewed by Terry MacTavish

For sheer entertainment, the Fortune could not have made a better choice for the Christmas season. Even the most curmudgeonly will find it hard to resist the appeal of a production so charming and – well, I’m trying to find a term less clichéd than heart-warming, but that does sum it up.

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Unitec Theatre, Entry 1, Carrington Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland - JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS: Bittersweet joy in sublimely human capturing of lost souls and despair
- reviewed by Lexie Matheson

There’s nothing more exciting than being in the audience of a graduation performance and attending the UNITEC School of Performing and Screen Arts Graduating Acting Class 2012 final soiree is absolutely no exception. The fact that it is stunning is merely a bonus.

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Studio 77, VUW, Wellington - BABY FACE: Admirable intentions fall short of potential
- reviewed by John Smythe

My delight at knowing an MTA Directing student, Toni Regan, had chosen to premiere a New Zealand play for her major production, and one with a strong socio-political message what’s more, has been surpassed only by my disappointment in the quality of the play itself.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - 13: Challenge accepted
- reviewed by James Wenley

I got a sneak preview of 13 when I went to the shows at the upstairs Basement Studio the night before. A cacophony of shouts and screams impossible to ignore rose from the floorboards below. Whatever was happening downstairs, it sounded explosive.

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Various venues - on tour, - HOME: Beauty and fortitude between a warm welcome and a fond farewell
- reviewed by Kirsty van Rijk

Home is short, sentimental, sweet, and familiar… and I mean all of this in the most positive sense.

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