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PLAY BRINGS US CLOSER TO VAN GOUGH’S VISION

Print Version

MRS VAN GOGH
By Geoff Allen
presented by Galatea Theatre

at Musgrove Studio, Maidment Theatre, Auckland
From 18 Apr 2012 to 28 Apr 2012
[1hr 10mins]

Reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton, 21 Apr 2012
originally published in New Zealand Herald

With an original van Gogh on show in the Degas to Dali exhibition it seems particularly apt that Galatea Theatre should be presenting an intensely personal attempt to come to terms with the van Gogh mystique.

The production takes us back to a time when the life of the paintings hung in the balance. For Johanna van Gogh – the widow of Vincent's brother Theo – they were primarily a storage problem and the sensible thing would have been to sell the stretchers and consign the paintings to a bonfire. But practical considerations are almost always shunted aside by the presence of the artist who haunts the production like an immovable poltergeist. [More
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