Theatreview Weekly: 24/01/2013

The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK, Christchurch - LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT.
The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK, Christchurch - SAMMY J & RANDY.
Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch - THE THREE LITTLE PIGS.
Reviews from theatreview.org.nz in the last week including Le Gateau Chocolat and Sammy J & Randy at the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch.

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Reviews from theatreview.org.nz in the last week including Le Gateau Chocolat and Sammy J & Randy at the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch.

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Circa One, Wellington - KINGS OF THE GYM: Life lessons in oases of testosterone
- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

Dave Armstrong has yet another comedy hit on his hands. Like his play, The Tutor, and the TV comedy, Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, which he co-wrote with Danny Mulheron and Tom Scott, Kings of the Gym is concerned with education on one level but on another level, it goes deeper.


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Circa One, Wellington - KINGS OF THE GYM: Perfect start to theatrical year
- reviewed by Lynn Freeman

A comedy with everything you could wish for kickstarts an immensely promising Circa Theatre programme for 2013. A Dave Armstrong/Danny Mulheron production is a winning combo (The Motor Camp) but here they have both truly excelled. The satire in Kings of the Gym targets both the beleaguered education system and political correctness. Armstrong achieves the right blend of ferociously funny observations and genuine affection for his characters.

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The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK, Christchurch - SAMMY J & RANDY: Often crass and always funny
- reviewed by Erin Harrington

Sammy J is skinny, slightly startled looking and a dab hand on the electric piano. Randy is an ordinary Aussie bloke, if being a fuzzy purple puppet counts as ordinary. Together they work through a fairly suspect 19th century encyclopaedia of comedic principles, dabbling in word play, puns, and dirty jokes, as they bicker their way through a swiftly paced one hour show.


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Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington, Christchurch - THE THREE LITTLE PIGS: Competent, colourful and best of all live
- reviewed by Lindsay Clark

Three energetic pink piggies tumble down the long steep aisles to the stage, mostly on well padded bottoms to start the show. The close proximity of costumed characters delighted all the nippers around me and eases neatly into a dinner time scene onstage. We learn about the defining qualities of the three siblings through their attitudes as they prepare for the meal.


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Circa One, Wellington - KINGS OF THE GYM: Critical stages captured with intelligent and creative flair
- reviewed by John Smythe

If you’ve assumed, as I did on first seeing the title, that Kings Of The Gym is about testosterone-pumped blokes competing, preening and posing, it’s not. Far from it. This gym and the Head of Phys Ed’s office, which overlooks it, are the grungiest part of low-decile Hautapu High School and its titular ‘kings’ excel only at under-achievement.


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YMCA Conference Room, Hereford Street, Christchurch - MOVING STATIONERY: Anxious, angular and wordless clowning
- reviewed by Lindsay Clark

Anyone who has ever battled with a dispenserless roll of cellotape knows about the treacherous nature of desk equipment and will sympathise with the travail of Sigmund, created and performed by Thom Monckton.


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Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington - ROMEO AND TUSI: A visual and rhythmical whirlwind
- reviewed by Nancy Catherine Fulford

Indeed playwrights Erolia Ifopo and Oscar Kightley have deftly set us up to expect a Pacifica take on conflict between clans, clandestine love and some notable supporting characters along the lines of Nurse and Friar Lawrence who bumble the course of true love which never did run smooth; don’t we all know it.


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The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK, Christchurch - LE GATEAU CHOCOLAT: Empowering, intelligent, silly and very moving
- reviewed by Erin Harrington

Like much drag, the show is as much about self-discovery and redemption as it is about reinvention and fantasy, and Le Gateau Chocolat offers up autobiographical anecdotes, both touching and hilarious, between the musical numbers.


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The Press CLUB - BUSKER PARK, Christchurch - GAMARJOBAT: Elevates parlour tricks to high art
- reviewed by Erin Harrington

The World Buskers Festival is a wealth of riches, and Christchurch is fortunate to once again have such a broad selection of quality international acts tucked away in the central city.

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24 Jan 2013

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