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Review: Silly Cow, by Stagecraft Theatre

Silly Cow
Written by Ben Elton
Performed by Stagecraft Theatre
Directed by Iona Anderson
Location: Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street, Wellington until 13 November 2010
Reviewed by Ewen Coleman, 3 November 2010

Unlike the actors that TV columnist Doris Wallace, the central character in Ben Elton's Silly Cow, writes about, describing them as wooden with no acting ability, the five actors in Stagecraft Theatre's production of Silly Cow have loads of talent and under Iona Anderson's strong and decisive direction they all sparkle in their roles with highly energised performances that bring the stereotypical characters to life. And even though the play is a light weight comedy with a flimsy story line full of typical Elton one-liners, this Stagecraft production does as much as is possible with the script to make it funny and entertaining.

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Review: 84 Charing Cross Road, Stagecraft

[rating: 20101220132309596 1 5 53]

84 Charing Cross Road
By James Roose-Evans, based on the book by Helene Hanff
Performed by Stagecraft, Wellington
Directed by Tabitha Arthur
Season: 10-20 February at the Gryphon Theatre, 22 Ghuznee Street, Wellington.
Reviewed by Tanya Piejus

From the moment you walk into the auditorium to see Stagecraft Theatre's production of 84 Charing Cross Road, you are drawn into the charming world of New Yorker Helene Hanff and her more-than-20-year relationship with the staff of a London bookshop. Helene (Rachel Burt) is already there, sprawled on the floor of her brownstone apartment on one side of the stage, while Frank Doel (John Chalmers) and his team quietly go about their business on the other.