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AuthorBenjamin Clow

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August 21, 2017

When characters become likeable, it’s easier for me to get behind them and support them. Ivan Denisovich suffers from so many struggles and challenges in one day that it is not long at all before you start caring and rooting for him. This novel, as the title suggests, covers one day in the life of […]

August 14, 2017

A Doll’s House is the second adaption of a Henrik Ibsen play Circa have done this year, and I am not complaining. Three Days in the Country came out back in May and it was an abundant, sentimental, and optimistically romantic play. The Doll’s House, however, sends its audience crashing to earth. This is writer […]

August 7, 2017

David Garnett’s 1955 novel Aspects of Love (adapted as a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1989) is about a group of rich people of various ages sleeping around with each other while travelling through Europe’s postcard locations. This book is not merely a depiction of the shallow lives of rich people, but a warning […]

June 14, 2017

I was surprised I could even make it out to the theatre. Exams are looming, the arrows of assignments are firing my way, and I felt a sniffle of a cold coming on. Nevertheless, I found myself sitting at Circa Theatre not knowing what to expect from this play, which was adapted from Ivan Turgenev’s […]

April 6, 2017

New Zealand group The BeatGirls have been performing here and overseas for 21 years. Since 1996 they’ve gone through 29 women, with both their music taste and their wardrobe both expanding since 1996. On Saturday night I pulled an old school friend along to the opening night of their birthday celebration at Circa Theatre. The […]

March 27, 2017

On the February 20, 1862, William Wallace Lincoln died of typhoid fever at the age of 11. This was particularly tough for his father, President Abraham Lincoln, who was also trying to fight the American Civil War at the same time. This tragic event is used as the backdrop and playground for George Saunders’ historical […]

March 20, 2017

I finished the 2016 Man Booker Prize winner The Sellout, by Paul Beatty, for my birthday. It was both unfamiliar and tasty. Easy to fit on the fork and easy to snack on in one sitting. The main character and narrator, known only as the “sellout,” is funny and down to earth as he tells […]

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