Reviewed by: Waikato Times
Date: 26th June, 2008
Reviewer: Rebecca Harper
Marmalade lived up to its name. Sweet in places, sticky in others and leaving a slightly sour tase in the mouth, the three short plays dealt with some of the harsher realities of love.
The first of the trio Do You Speak English? was a charming look at the understandings and misunderstandings of Mark (Scot Hall) and Gina (Antonia Lema Trevino), who do not speak the same language. The pair had a convincing spark and Trevino’s dance background was put to good use.
The second play was one-woman show Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong.
The enthusiastic performance by Arianne Zilberberg easily held the audience.
This play was a slightly humorous but ultimately sad look at loving and losing.
But it was the third play that really touched me, and I left the theatre feeling slightly disturbed by The Joss Adams Show.
The play was a look at postnatal depression and its sometimes devastating effects, while still managing to live up to its billing as a dark comedy.
I was particularly impressed by the performance of Keagan Fransch, who played Joss, and conveyed a range of emotions in the suffering new mother seamlessly.
The Carving in Ice theatre company delivered a polished performance that left me wanting just a bit more.