UNCLEAR OUT OF CONTEXT
Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival 2013
by Harry Meech
Remote Fiction Theatre
at Lakeside Court, Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton
From 20 Feb 2013 to 23 Feb 2013
Reviewed by Brenda Rae Kidd, 21 Feb 2013
See? Unfortunately I didn't. I thought this play was about a murderer having to atone to God for his sins.
See? is one act from Plains, written by Wellington Playwright Harry Meech and directed by Nicholas Sturgess-Monks. On research I have discovered that Plains is actually five short plays about seven people's struggle to survive the end of the world. A black comedy, as it were.
Oh. Now I get it!
I got lost in the intellectual dialogue, but to be fair, had I done my research prior to or watched Plains in its entirety, I would have understood a little more.
Mary Rinaldi as ‘God' and Antony Aiono as the ‘Satchel Man' carry See? Rinaldi is particularly adept at delivering a pretty hefty existentialist monologue, which in less experienced hands would have been a drone. Aiono truly does appear as if he is carrying the weight of the world as he contemplates his fate.
God is not having it though; bored by the role of saviour, s/he just wants to have fun.
The use of an open space is interesting as the actors have very little in the way of props. Rinaldo uses Aiono as a stage as she pushes, jumps, flattens and challenges him.
I would like to review See? again as one act in five as written for Plains, shown in its entirety and in context.
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