Written and Directed by Adam Goodall
Produced by Johnny Crawford
presented by The Making Friends Collective
at Gryphon, Wellington
From 19 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013
Reviewed by: John Smythe;
“Real life, it's serious business.”
Rageface is an acerbic ensemble comedy about the internet, real life, and one man's struggles with both, playing at the Gryphon theatre as a part of 2013 Wellington Fringe Festival.
Jason (Andrew Clarke, Summerfolk) is a guy with a lot on his shoulders. He's an awkward university dropout, working a job he hates and living with a volatile flatmate. Then he meets Brie, a girl who works at his favourite video store, and falls for her hard. With no-one willing to help him woo her, Jason turns to the one place he can trust for advice – the internet. Except, with his position as top dog on the Nothing is Original forums being undermined by a new poster with My Little Pony on his mind, and his threads dogged by a persistent troll, Jason's internet life starts to collapse around him – and it might just take his real life with him.
Rageface is a black comedy that looks at our relationship with the internet and anonymity and asks what happens when the fronts we put up online start to clash with our lives offline.
Writer/director Adam Goodall made his playwriting debut in the 2012 Young and Hungry Festival of New Works with the murder mystery Deadlines, directed by award-winning director Leo Gene Peters and praised by critics as "an impressive piece of ensemble theatre and a completely refreshing take on what can constitute a Young and Hungry play" (Samuel Philips, The Lumiere Reader).
Together with producer and filmmaker Johnny Crawford, lighting designer Tony Black (Deadlines) and actor Andrew Clarke (Summerfolk), they are the Making Friends Collective.
Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee St., Wellington
8pm, 19-23 February 2013
Tickets to Rageface can be purchased from www.dashtickets.co.nz , our Fringe at the Gryphon Facebook page or at one of the many Dash Tickets resellers.
Tickets are $15 for adults, with a $12 concession price and $10 for Fringe addicts.