Theatreview Weekly: 07/02/2013

Perfectly Wasted
A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Perfectly Wasted, Michael James Manaia, Iphigenia 2.O, and Violent Baby.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including: Perfectly Wasted, Michael James Manaia, Iphigenia 2.O, and Violent Baby.

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: Perfectly Wasted, Michael James Manaia, Iphigenia 2.O, and Violent Baby.

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

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Downstage Theatre, Wellington - PERFECTLY WASTED: Opportunity wasted as audience left in the dark

- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

Watching Perfectly Wasted is like being asked to a party and then finding yourself barred from entering. You can see and hear most of what’s going on but not all and you are no more involved than you are when walking hurriedly through Courtenay Place on a rowdy Saturday night.

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The Pallet Pavillion, Christchurch - VIOLENT BABY - REALTIME COMPOSITION MUSIC AND DANCE: Pallet Pavillion premiere performance

- reviewed by Toby Behan

The theme of ‘baby’ did appear to be common – both in dialogue, vocal sequences (it would be unfair to call it ‘singing’), and in use of a hanging microphone which doubled as a toy hanging over a cot. Even some of the dance sequences involved the performers seeming to regress to the age of an infant.

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Fortune Theatre, Dunedin - MICHAEL JAMES MANAIA: Takes no prisoners

- reviewed by Terry MacTavish

The image flashed onto the canvas of the stage set is instantly recognisable: the little girl’s face is frozen in a scream of pain and terror as she flees a napalm attack, her thin body naked, burning. That photo sent us into the streets to march against the war in Vietnam, and it still has the power to shock, as did news of the massacre at My Lai.

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Te Whaea - Basement, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown, Wellington - IPHIGENIA 2.O: Well-wrought production hits many moments of truth

- reviewed by John Smythe

Greek drama pits human fallibility against the ruthlessly absolute rules of the Gods (for which we may substitute the forces of nature in this more scientific age). American writer Charles Mee’s Imperial Dreams trilogy has re-contextualised tragedies by Euripides by way of exposing the nature of modern warfare’s impact on society.

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Fringe Bar, Cnr Cuba & Vivian, Wellington - RAW POETRY SLAM III: Entertaining, well written and (mostly) intelligent

- reviewed by Stewart Lund

We hear comedy, serious rhyming, and non-rhyming. Yet all proves to be far more entertaining than one might think, and makes the Raw Poetry competition stand out from the typical open-mic stand up night.

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Downstage Theatre, Wellington - PERFECTLY WASTED: 22 actors in search of an author

- reviewed by John Smythe

The quality, commitment and discipline of their ensemble work offers a splendid contrast to the aimless, self-absorbed, somewhat desolate lives they depict in their desperate longing to belong; to not be left out or behind.

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