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DECONSTRUCTED MODERN ROMCOM ENGAGES WELL AT EMOTIONAL LEVEL

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EIGENGRAU
By Penelope Skinner
Directed by Paul Gittins
Presented by (potent pause) Productions

at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 25 Sep 2012 to 29 Sep 2012

Reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton, 15 Nov 2012


In choosing a recent work from a rising star of British theatre, Potent Pause Productions is looking towards younger audiences while building on its reputation for taking on challenging works from the modernist canon.

Eigengrau has an up-to-the minute contemporary edge but also demonstrates the value of critical engagement with the rich traditions of European drama. The play holds up a mirror to a protean generation that has proved too fluid to be pinned down by any tagline. The lively drama is carried by a quartet of sharply differentiated characters passionately searching for something to believe in only to find they are willing to believe in anything.

Playwright Penelope Skinner cleverly deconstructs the conventions of romantic comedy with sparklingly witty dialogue interspersed with glimpses of explicit sex. [More
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