AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE MISSED (AND IF YOU DID, ITíS TOO LATE, SHAME ON YOU)
NZ International Comedy Festival 2012|
by Barnie Duncan with Trygve Wakenshaw
at Civic Theatre, Auckland
From 11 May 2012 to 12 May 2012
Reviewed by Rosabel Tan, 14 May 2012
originally published in Theatre Scenes - Auckland Theatre Blog
Crowded at the bottom of the stairs to the Wintergarden are a chorus of ladies (and a few men) in togas. As we descend, one of them kisses us on the cheek, another offers us grapes, and yet another points us towards our table, nestled in the centre of the cabaret-style seating.
Given the warm welcome, it's unsurprising that the crowd are in lively spirits – it's also late, and in true bacchanalian fashion the liquor is flowing and for a moment the atmosphere feels more party than pre-show, but then the lights dim and Barnie Duncan and Trygve Wakenshaw hit the stage. Kicking things off with a rendition of Istanbul (Not Constantinople), what follows is a loose history of this “city of syllables”, presented in a series of sketches that are charming and absurd in equal measure. [More]
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