The Father Direction: Ross Jolly (written by Florian Zeller; translated by Christopher Hampton) Circa Theatre; Circa One (Oct 14 – Nov 11) The Father manages that rare feat: to be profoundly moving and deeply, often darkly, hilarious. Florian Zeller’s script is a masterpiece, the writing just about perfect, an examination of the cruelty of aging […]
Anahera Direction: Katie Wolfe (written by Emma Kinane) Circa Theatre; Circa One (Sept 9 – Oct 7) Anahera (‘Angel’) is a young Maori social worker – and her angel-like presence hangs over the production; she’s there on stage in many non-speaking moments – quite literally embodying the ‘take a stand’ theme within this play, an […]
WEED Direction: Ross Jolly (written by Anthony McCarten) Circa Theatre; Circa One (July 1 – 29) The play WEED was first performed as a contemporary piece – the playwright Anthony McCarten had the success of Ladies Night behind him and its 1990 premiere was at Circa Theatre in its earlier locale.
Hand To God Direction: Lyndee-Jane Rutherford (written by Robert Askins) Circa Theatre; Circa One (April 22 – May 20) Yes, you will see puppets fucking – let’s get that out of the way right now, it’s no plot-spoiler, the play is billed around that. And it’s crude and brilliant and devastatingly funny and you can […]
The Gaps Between Direction: Sebastian Morgan-Lynch Circa Theatre; Circa Two (October 11 – 15) An ambitious set of soundscapes married to time-lapse photography and narrated short stories; that’s the premise and execution of The Gaps Between. Sebastian Morgan-Lynch is on stage with cello. The composer/performer is armed also with an impressive range of nods, winks […]
Hillary Clinton / Young Lover Direction: Geoff Pinfield (created by Geoff Pinfield and Athur Meek – based on a book by Richard Meros) Circa Theatre; Circa Two (January 30 – February 20) Richard Meros is the “self-proclaimed Mouthpiece of the Millenials” – we’ve seen, heard and read him in other performances by Arthur Meek. You […]
The White Guitar Direction: Nina Nawalowalo and Jim Moraity Hannah Playhouse (September 1-5) This is the story of the Luafutu family – acted out for the stage by the Luafutu family, that’s father John and sons Matthias and Malo. Matthias has an acting background. Malo has a performing background – you know him as the […]
The Pianist Direction: Thomas Monckton and Sanna Silvennoinen Circa Theatre; Circa One (March 7-21) The Pianist returns to Circa for a short season – it’s a must-see virtuoso performance, Thomas Monckton is rubber-faced and loose-limbed as he creates the kind of character that might only have happened previously had Victor Borge invented Mr. Bean. In […]