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October 13, 2008

Wait Until Dark Written by Frederick Knott Directed by Peter Hambleton At Circa Oct 11 – Nov 8 Reviewed by Jackson Coe Wait Until Dark is teeming with flair from before the curtain even opens. I’m often one to get quite excited by curtains, especially when they are used with panache. The magnificent red curtain […]

October 12, 2008

There has been a hum about Downstage for the last few weeks which shows no signs of diminishing. Following On The Conditions… and Bare, we are granted the spectacular circus Adagio, directed by Deborah Pope with original music by Jonathan Crayford. The show is an exciting demonstration of physical aptitude which blurs boundaries between theatre and circus (if, indeed, there are many to begin with). Adagio is an action-packed spectacle which is definitely a crowd-pleaser.

October 12, 2008

Sexual politics abound in Vic’s final three shows of the year.

October 6, 2008

Okay guys, bear with me while I try my hardest to make this final column good but not pretentious. Pretentious wrap-ups really fuck me off. If you’ve read these pages from time to time throughout the year and enjoyed them, I’m glad I’ve done my job. If you didn’t read the pages, that’s all good […]

October 4, 2008

It’s funny to think that just a few months ago, Sarah Kane was barely a blip on my radar. Yet in the space of just a few months, I’ve been exposed to two of her most daring and provocative works. They sure don’t describe her as a Brutalist for nothing – her work certainly commands a strong reaction. Kat Thomas’ production of Kane’s Blasted at Toi Whakaari is a remarkable realisation of Kane’s first play, and is every bit as intense and dangerous as I was expecting.

September 29, 2008

Written by the Russian Romanticist Alexander Pushkin, The Little Tragedies is a series of three short plays based on various European stories. These classic myths range from a tale about Mozart and Salieri we might recognise from the movie Amadeus, to a story about the infamous Don Juan and a cheeky statue.

September 22, 2008

From within the spectre of a looming election emerges On The Conditions and Possibilities of Helen Clark Taking Me as Her Young Lover. The show, now its second run in Wellington, is a polished gem of political satire dedicated to that thought which has crossed most of our minds but which we normally would dare […]

September 22, 2008

A subtle sense of morbidity hung over THEA 304’s latest season of plays. While humour was the course of the day for all three of the plays offered, each was marked by a hint of darkness and even death. Empty Pleasures offers an eclectic mix of plays which are fun yet slightly gloomy.

September 15, 2008

I laughed, I cringed, I cried (a little), but most important of all, I totally related. Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) is a ‘how-not-to’ guide, outlining exactly how not to deal with past relationships. Don’t call them if you don’t love them any more, don’t call them if your affair is over, and don’t call them […]

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