Short play taster shows off po­ten­tial

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It opened with death and ended with a tas­ing, and had all kinds of other tasty tit­bits in be­tween. Shivarn Stewart’s whim­si­cal Grimm Love Story showed the in­flu­ence of Terry Pratch­ett, as Grim, aka Death, waited in the nether­world for his hu­man beloved to die.

Dig­i­tal Tues­day by Jack Edens dealt with the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of a fe­male AI fall­ing in love with its male cre­ator

Al­wyn Bakker brought a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of Six orig­i­nal plays writ­ten and di­rected by Massey Univer­sity Drama So­ci­ety Globe II Oc­to­ber 1 – 3 Re­viewed by RichardMays

trans­gen­der is­sues to bear in By Any Other Name. Karl, co-played by Jack Edens and An­nie Richards is a man in a woman’s body who has to deal not only with the ig­no­rance and prej­u­dice dished out by fel­low stu­dents, but also from his par­ents.

Jes­sica McLean’s How I Learned To Stop Wor­ry­ing and Love the Broad­cast, set in a dystopian bunker ‘‘af­ter the event’’ ben­e­fited from Shivarn Stewart and Nik Kearns as the glibly smil­ing pre­sen­ters, but needed bet­ter busi­ness from the two am­a­teur techies charged with keep­ing the air­waves open.

It is eas­ier for Rosheen Les­lie’s Ellen to come out as bi to her pod­cast fans, than is for her to tell her mum, her bestie or her older sis­ter. Rosheen’s per­son­al­ity brought life to the do­mes­tic dilemma of Bi the Way penned by An­nie Richards.

What do you do with a boy like Troy? Are there are con­se­quences for zap­ping class­mates with a taser? There are? Con­nor Skoglund’s Two Boys, One Taser was so ab­surdly bizarre it could’ve re­ally hap­pened.

A mixed bag, but We Made This is an en­ter­tain­ing short play con­cept that al­lowed its young writ­ers, di­rec­tors and per­form­ers plenty of lat­i­tude. PAANZ Tour­ing Agency & Re­gent on Broad­way Re­gent on Broad­way, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 30 Re­viewed by RichardMays

Last Wed­nes­day’s Re­gent on Broad­way homage to the Maori show­bands of the past was quite a treat.

It was also a welcome back to the city for the Mod­ern Maori Quar­tet’s founder James Tito, and Jamie McCaskill, both grad­u­ates of UCOL’s theatre school.

Fresh from an award-win­ning per­for­mance in Sa­markand, Uze­bekestan, and di­rect from play­ing a Poly­ne­sian fes­ti­val in Hawaii, the four­some de­liv­ered in style. Not only charm­ing and cheeky, they wowed with im­pres­sive four-part har­monies, in­no­va­tive ar­range­ments and their ca­sual but pol­ished pre­sen­ta­tions.

Play­ing acous­tic guitar, oc­ca­sion­ally em­ploy­ing a bass and a ca­jon, there were slick segues from tra­di­tional num­bers to songs from the Maori High­marks, Prince Tui Teka and Kiri Te Kanawa which led up to a reg­gae pow­ered ‘garage party’.

A clever mon­tage of rock ‘n roll hits picked up the pace af­ter the break, and the only re­gret was that the show-stop­ping ren­di­tion in Maori of Roy­als by ‘honorary cuzzie’ Lorde, wasn’t per­formed again as part of the encore.

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