LIFE LESSONS IN OASES OF TESTOSTERONE
KINGS OF THE GYM
by Dave Armstrong
directed by Danny Mulheron
Producer: Howard Taylor
at Circa One, Wellington
From 19 Jan 2013 to 16 Feb 2013
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media], 23 Jan 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post
Dave Armstrong has yet another comedy hit on his hands. Like his play, The Tutor, and the TV comedy, Seven Periods with Mr Gormsby, which he co-wrote with Danny Mulheron and Tom Scott, Kings of the Gym is concerned with education on one level but on another level, it goes deeper.
It all takes place in the tatty office of the physical education department of the low-decile Hautapu High School, which Dennis Hearfield's setting has captured perfectly.
Armstrong describes school gymnasiums as like "little man-caves - oases of testosterone where the PE teachers ruled the roost". [More]
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