Sunday, September 18, 2011
Here's some of the quotes from reviews for our Auckland season, finishing tonight:
"Plenty of laughs and a whole lot of honesty...The First Asian AB proves that rugby in this country is about heart." - Theatreview
"a sensitive and wide-ranging meditation on the immigrant experience....exuberant physical humour." - NZ Herald
"The comical dialogue had the audience in stitches for a large portion of the evening." - Theatrescenes
And we're on our way to Wellington now!!
Introducing The First Asian AB, a hilarious new comedy from Kiwi-Chinese writer Renee Liang...
What would you do to represent?
Willy’s a homestay Asian student. Mook’s Samoan and he’s been here for ages. They’re best mates at Timaru Boys High. But when Willy decides his dream is to try out for the All Blacks, mateship — and everything else — is up for grabs.
A warm feel-good comedy with serious undertones, The First Asian AB examines the question ‘what makes someone Kiwi?’ Is it rugby, racing and beer – or being true to oneself and one’s friends?
At breakneck pace, Benjamin Teh (The Bone Feeder, Odd Socks) and Paul Fagamalo (Rent, Where We Once Belonged) capture multiple characters – a Samoan aiga, a bored class of thirteen year olds, two entire rugby teams playing each other, and one sassy girl called George.
Directed by Edward Peni (Samoa Mo Samoa, The West Auckland Cardigan Appreciation Society) with live music by Andrew Correa, and dramaturgy by Oscar Kightley (Brotown, Sione's Wedding), The First Asian AB debuts as part of the Real NZ Festival (the 'arty' side of the Rugby World Cup!).
tickets $18 full, $13 concession (seniors/students), $15 groups 6+
BATS Theatre, Wellington, 6pm, 22 Sep-1 Oct 2011
http://www.bats.co.nz/content/first-asian-ab, (04) 802 4175
Q+A after the show on the 23rd