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Auckland Fringe 2013
By M.E. Macdonald
Directed by Jesse Hilford
presented by Still Life Fast Moving Productions Ltd

at Q Theatre, The Vault, Auckland
From 20 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013
[50 mins]

Reviewed by Kathryn van Beek, 20 Feb 2013

Sisterly Love is a one-person show played alternately by Kat Glass and Ashton Brown. Yes, Ashton Brown is a male, and it would be a completely different experience watching him play the five female characters we meet in this hour-long comedy. The opening show was performed by the perky Kat Glass, who inhabited all five characters with aplomb.

The play is set on the day of Charlene's wedding. She, each of her three sisters and their mother all have an opinion on the day and whether or not Charlene deserves to wear the family's lucky white wedding dress.

There is a lot of potential for mystery in this play but many pay-offs are revealed without set-ups. What could have been an intriguing exploration into family secrets is instead a cursory glance at sibling rivalry. At times the dialogue could have been trimmed down to avoid repetition. One less sister (and ex husband) could also have removed some confusion around who was who. However there's no doubt M E Macdonald is a smart and witty writer and with another draft this play could be a real ripper.

Although the sound system is a little quiet and a table at the front of the stage distances the audience from the action, the production is nicely designed and the clean lines of the stage set off the colourful costumes.

With a few nips and tucks Sisterly Love could be a firecracker of a show simmering with Presbyterian denial, misguided lust and selfish intent.
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Ashton Brown posted 21 Feb 2013, 12:02 AM / edited 21 Feb 2013, 12:02 AM

Note: The writer is ME Macdonald not ME Hilford - Director was Jesse Hilford :) 

Editor posted 21 Feb 2013, 08:52 AM

Thank you Ashton - corrected now.