by Jo Holsted and Michelle Ang
Chairman Meow Productions
at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon, Wellington
From 8 Oct 2013 to 12 Oct 2013
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson, 10 Oct 2013
originally published in The Dominion Post
With Chop/Stick we are into a solo comedy that explores with broad strokes and a pointed wit how we see each other and how cultural background, sex and language determine that vision and stereotypes are formed.
Michelle Ang, giving a lovely, warm performance, introduces us to thirteen assorted New Zealanders from a grumpy, bossy Chinese grandmother who morphs into her granddaughter who morphs into a Samoan, a Maori, and so on.
Jo Holsted's script deals with the perceptions of racial differences so cleverly that the minefield is crossed safely. But this does not mean it is insipid. There's always a telling and humorous conclusion to each sketch such as the scene in which auditions are held for a Thai TV shampoo ad or when a reluctant man gets carried away in a karaoke duet.
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