ROMANTIC STORY GIVES HUMAN ELEMENT TO STOCK JOKE
WHERE ARE YOU MY ONLY ONE?
by Vanessa Rhodes
Director: cameron rhodes
at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave, Auckland
From 27 Nov 2012 to 8 Dec 2012
Reviewed by Janet McAllister, 29 Nov 2012
originally published in New Zealand Herald
Mail-order brides, either as scheming minxes or as doormat housewives, are a stock joke, but our heroine in this engaging, gentle, small story - romantic in every sense - is not. Playwright Vanessa Rhodes asks: what if the immigrants turn out to be human? What if internet Russians turn out to have families, dilemmas and - gasp - jokes of their own?
And what if Godzone is not (just) seen as a green landscape - a place to escape physical hardship - but also a cultural wasteland? Yulia (Elena Stejko) loves the champagne and caviar served at the theatre; Waikato Bob (David Aston) has never been to the theatre. "Good," comments Yulia's mother Ludmilla (Elizabeth Hawthorne) emphatically, when she learns that her daughter has sent Bob a postcard of their local cathedral. "He can see how beautiful Russia was." [More]
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