BAUDELAIRE DISCOVERS POLYNESIAN IDENTITY
New Zealand Festival 2014|
By Stuart Hoar
Directed by Susan Wilson
CIRCA Theatre at the NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL
at Circa One, Wellington
From 22 Feb 2014 to 29 Mar 2014
Reviewed by Laurie Atkinson, 24 Feb 2014
originally published in The Dominion Post
The word 'flamboyant' kept cropping up in my mind as I was watching the characters in the first scene of Pasefika prance, dance, pose, and strut their way about the stage. The language too is flamboyant and rapidly spoken. There's nothing 'documentary' about this play.
The scene is Paris in the 1860s and the chief prancer and preening poseur introduces himself as Charles Baudelaire, poet, flaneur, dandy, critic, translator of Edgar Allan Poe. He is broke and looking for ways to make money and find cheap lodgings. [More]
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