Theatreview Weekly: 29/11/2012

Dinner With the Devil
A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Dinner With the Devil, The Beaten Track 2013, Where Are You My Only One?, and In Flagrante.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Dinner With the Devil, The Beaten Track 2013, Where Are You My Only One?, and In Flagrante.

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: Dinner With the Devil, The Beaten Track 2013, Where Are You My Only One?, and In Flagrante.

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

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Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre, Auckland - THE BEATEN TRACK 2013: Watch for developments ahead
- reviewed by Raewyn Whyte

finally, a second version of Kelly Nash’s downright wacky and somehow utterly absorbing Meme (Skin) which premiered during Tempo’s Prime Cuts programme in October. This has a sound score of montaged, edited excerpts from wildly divergent sources – ranging from Eartha Kitt’s I want to be evil, and Dudley Benson’s Kiwi, to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and No More I love Yous from Annie Lennox. The action swings about unpredictably, with a loose structure of sequential solos interspersed by group interactions.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - WHERE ARE YOU MY ONLY ONE?: Romantic story gives human element to stock joke
- reviewed by Janet McAllister

Mail-order brides, either as scheming minxes or as doormat housewives, are a stock joke, but our heroine in this engaging, gentle, small story - romantic in every sense - is not. Playwright Vanessa Rhodes asks: what if the immigrants turn out to be human? What if internet Russians turn out to have families, dilemmas and - gasp - jokes of their own?

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Theatre Royal, Nelson - IN FLAGRANTE: Provocative, contemporary, edgy and scantily clad
- reviewed by Janet Whittington

Our appreciative audience enjoyed the fun of the titillation, the skill of the physicality of the moves, and the dancer’s skill in expression as they pieced together the story on stage. Facial and body expression is the main feature of the second half. The performers flourished character and opinion throughout. This contrasted sharply with the austere first half where they had deadpan expression or the faces covered with masks or strapped with bridles. I was prepared for the blurred genre and therefore not disturbed, and am still enjoying it the next day.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - DINNER WITH THE DEVIL: Hilarious irreverent stab at the hypocrisy of religious fundamentalism
- reviewed by Nik Smythe

Thomas Sainsbury’s latest is a typically atypical character-driven comedy which cavalierly explores religious / racial intolerance and exploits racial / religious stereotypes.

Inspired by a European art exhibition featuring iconography from the world’s seven major religions, the script involves a small community of diverse characters, each with their own agendas in accordance with the clichés associated with their respective beliefs.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - WHERE ARE YOU MY ONLY ONE?: Simple and endearing
- reviewed by Adey Ramsel

Without doubt Where Are You, My Only One? is, in turns, charming, beautiful and eloquent. A love story that thankfully ignores the hackneyed clichés of roses, wine and poetry and finds its true self in the air we breathe, the beauty of an unseen country and the colour of a bird.

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Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland - WHERE ARE YOU MY ONLY ONE?: Wears its heart on its sleeve
- reviewed by Matt Baker

The decision to revisit a piece of work is an intriguing endeavour. For David Aston it was based on his belief that Where Are You My Only One? – a piece that he first performed in 2003 as part of Silo Theatre’s To Russia With Love mentoring project for young directors – needed to be seen by a wider audience. Originally a 30-minute one-act play, the piece was developed by its writer Vanessa Rhodes while she was a resident at The Robert Lord Cottage in Dunedin.

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The Pumphouse, Takapuna, Auckland - CRIMES OF THE HEART: Funny, sad, dysfunctional and candid
- reviewed by Lexie Matheson

Crimes of the Heart is the story of three sisters each of whom has committed – you guessed it – ‘crimes of the heart’. They have all been raised by Granddaddy after Daddy left home when they were young’uns and Mama hanged herself along with the family pet. Now Granddaddy is in the hospital and the family has come back together to deal with the indisputable fact that sister Babe has shot her husband ...

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Downstage Theatre, Wellington - RICHARD MEROS SALUTES THE SOUTHERN MAN: Cleverly constructed and excellently performed
- reviewed by Helen Sims

Meros’ stock and trade is devising outlandish solutions to national woes – last time it was to revive the mojo of a Prime Minister with flagging popularity, this time he’s found the cure to the stagnant economy. Meek and co-writer Geoff Pinfield have once again cleverly adapted Meros’ book into a PowerPoint presentation for the stage.

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Regent Theatre, Dunedin - GISELLE: A privilege to be part of
- reviewed by Hannah Molloy

It plucked every string of emotion, from the surging gurgle of laughter and fun in the first half of the first act, to devastation as Murphy went slowly and so gracefully mad with grief and a broken heart, to an eerie chill as the Queen of the Wilis orchestrated her arctic women, the brief lightening of spirits as Giselle forgives and saves her beloved, and then his own descent into despair as he gives up and hands himself over to Myrtha. I can’t recall a more sinister ending to anything I’ve seen or read in a long time!

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Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland - AN AWKWARD FAMILY CHRISTMAS: The title tells you all
- reviewed by James Wenley

The ‘awkward’ brand of humour is one well known to audiences. Popularised in modern times by the Ricky Gervais School of comedy, it employs cringe, painful pauses, and a whiff of nastiness to sell its humour. Thomas Sainsbury has long done his own successful spin on the genre, and is a great match working for the first time with the Outfit Theatre Company with Director Benjamin Henson for their annual Christmas show.

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BATS, Wellington - PSA: CHRISTMAS AT THE BEEHIVE: While patchy there’s brilliance
- reviewed by John Smythe

’Tis Christmas at the Beehive and all is not well
The charm of John Key is losing its spell
Winston is restless, his spirits on rocks
As dead David Lange cracks hearty and mocks.

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Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland - AN AWKWARD FAMILY CHRISTMAS: Jolly good Christmas romp could be more
- reviewed by Kathryn van Beek

If you’ve been dreading Christmas with your family this show will reassure you that at least your holiday season is unlikely to be marred by aliens, murder, sexual pottery and hankies in the food.

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