Two plays offer enjoyable contrast

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On stage . Rehearsing for Stuff: A Play on Wordsat The Playhouse are (from left) Jon Harris, Stefanie Crawford, Morag Carter, Ben Donaldson and Greg Davis. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Rachael Comer

Two Timaru plays are being staged at The Playhouse.
Stuff: A Play on Words, directed by Kevin Foley, and Book Of Fame, directed by Don McCully, will open tomorrow night at the Church St theatre.
The plays are the first productions by the South Canterbury Drama League for the year.
Showing two plays on the same night was something unusual for the league, Foley said.
“The traditional longer play system works well but from time to time shorter plays emerge which sing out to be produced,” he said.
“These two are very different plays and are cases in point.”
Foley said the audience would enjoy the contrast of the two shows – one a surreal/absurdist farce and the other a gentle, thoughtful look at the old country through the eyes of young colonials.
“These two plays also give the opportunity for a wider range of actors to show their mettle, with the four young men in Book of Fame a case in point.”
Stuff: A Play on Words features Ben Donaldson as Warren/Clint Eastwood, who wanders in from his Brooklyn ranch to a Christchurch dinner party where he is met by Clarence, Clarice, Darren and Chloris.
Stefanie Crawford as Chloris/Doris is a land-based pirate with a carrot and Greg Davis plays Clarence, a Fendalton solicitor who loses and finds his wife within 20 minutes.
Second on the bill is Book of Fame, an award-winning play by Carl Nixon from the novel by Lloyd Jones. The young cast is played by four actors Tim Wills, Johannes Runge, Jake Mason and Karl Omotoy.
The show is a semi-fictional account of the 1905 All Black rugby tour of Europe – a tour that shaped New Zealand’s identity, from which the players returned to find themselves accorded almost god-like status.
The shows run on March 31, April 1 and 2 and April 5 to 7 at the Playhouse, Church St, Timaru. Book at www.iticket.co.nz or phone 508 484-253.