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NZ International Comedy Festival 2012
Adapted from the book by Richard Meros, by Geoff Pinfield and Arthur Meek
Performed by Arthur Meek
Directed by Geoff Pinfield

at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Edge, Auckland
From 15 May 2012 to 19 May 2012
[1 hr]

Reviewed by Reynald Castaneda, 16 May 2012

Richard Meros is our contemporary equivalent to a Shakespearean jester. The show – or lecture – may be more amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. It compensates this lack with its gusto, thought and performance value.

Cleverly interrogating our social dysfunctions with spot-on insight, Richard Meros Salutes the Southern Man is a brilliantly choreographed satire.

Gathering inspiration from our idiosyncratic political figures to our desperate desire to identify our national identity, the show is smartly written and tightly performed. Richard Meros unravels like clockwork.

The show uses a wonderfully produced PowerPoint presentation, which in fact is as witty as Meros on stage. Here, opportunities to make fun of our social zeitgeist are well and truly milked.

Arthur Meek as the title character is quite something else. Even performing outside the confines of his one-hour show as he ushers in his audience, he's a born entertainer. He comes off as someone who doesn't only know his material; he truly loves it.

Richard Meros is a perceptive show. Far from being didactic, it's wrapped in a delicious presentation that's easily digestible. And to top it all off, it's very entertaining.

As cliché as this might sound, Richard Meros Salutes the Southern Man deserves a salute of its own. 
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 Rosabel Tan
 John Smythe
 Ryan Brown-Haysom (Salient);
 Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post);
 Lynn Freeman (Capital Times);
 Terry MacTavish
 Richard Howard
 Sarah Dunn (Nelson Mail);
 Helen Sims