Category Archives: Theatre

Birdman [2015]

The central problem for any review of Birdman will be to decide what the focus of the film is because there are two possible loci of attention: the human drama of a theatre company living out their lives amidst the … Continue reading

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The Mousetrap

Unusually, let me begin by promising that there will be no spoilers in this post. While I can theoretically agree with Fraser’s argument that spoilers are about permanent consideration for the emotions of others, in practical terms I do tend … Continue reading

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Doctor Faustus

On Saturday, I went to see an amateur production of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe. This is the first Marlowe I’ve seen performed, though I have read this and a few others. It’s hard not to immediately form comparisons between … Continue reading

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Il Corsaro

Opera is an art form that I have little familiarity with, so I go to each one hoping that it will explain enough about what’s going on and why that I can follow the action. I’ve seen perhaps a dozen … Continue reading

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Serial Killer

In my theatre-going tonight, the role of Clare was played by my friend Chloe, so my comments are without Clare’s usual additions and expansions. I saw the play at the Gryphon Theatre, which is a tiny space that I have … Continue reading

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Consuming interesting things

Despite the record-low number of posts on this blog since I started it, I’ve been continuing to consume and process various kinds of experiences. I went to a number of very interesting Arts Festival shows after Playing the Dane, and … Continue reading

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The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane

On Monday I saw The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane. I have to admit that I was feeling a bit tired and so it’s possible, nay likely, that I didn’t give it a fair viewing, but I came out of it … Continue reading

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Hamlet

Went to see _Hamlet_ at Te Whaea last night. I’ve been to a couple of productions out of the school in the past few years, and all have had a lot of positive qualities. They tend to be very polished, … Continue reading

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Timon of Athens

I once heard this play described as Shakespeare’s least popular play, and apparently it went unperformed for over two hundred years. The mind absolutely boggles!

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King Lear

Friday night we went to see Danny Bhoy. It was hard to stop myself from comparing him with Ed Byrne, who we saw when he was here. Both are very funny comedians, and I think both compare favourably with Lenny … Continue reading

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