White/Other in the Basement is thought-provoking and theatrically interesting in equal measure. It opens a window into performer Alice Canton’s own experience as a Pakeha/Chinese, and questions how far you can choose your own identity or have it imposed on you by the wider world. On till Thursday.
From Friday there is of course the Comedy Festival – hurray. Guy Williams and Rose Matafeo are now well-established and highly recommended, but also look out for the international talent coming over and the new faces coming up – The Raw Comedy Quest Semi-Finals are next Monday and only $10. Link here to the festival website: plenty for all budgets.
Then the programme starts proper at Q, The Basement, SkyCity, and the Comedy Classic, with the Comedy Gala on Friday night at the ASB Theatre in the Aotea Centre. Note: this is usually televised, so you can chose who you want to spend your money on from the comfort of your sofa. Also note; the comedians know you do this so they may not do their best material during the gala. Third note; but sometimes they do. If you do go to the gala, consider going straight from work as there is live music in the Box cafe and it feels the right time of year for a bit of yakitori at Tanuki’s Cave.
Flashdance tour opens here with its All-American cast on Thursday night (previously Wednesday) at the Civic Theatre. A bit of googling of its press indicates the cast and creators have been hard at work honing the show since initial mixed reviews, whether that means they will triumph at the Civic or be over, it will soon be seen.
The Pop-Up Globe is doing a roaring trade and has extended its run. Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet are the main shows. $10 standing tickets on the door every night.
And if you are a kid/hanging out with kids, then The Adventures of Tom Sawyer produced by the ATC and directed by Margaret Mary Hollins and Mike Hudson (who also adapted the play), opens on Thursday 21st. This is on at Selwyn College in Kohimarama at kid-friendly hours over the school holidays. For little kids, there is The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch by Tim Bray at the Pumphouse in Takapuna, and for those in between, perhaps try Pirates v Ninjas v The Evil Vampire Wizard at Te Pou Theatre in New Lynn. The art gallery is also screening short films for children every weekday, and it’s free.