Gov. Croque (Stuart Devenie) on Stage - video clips from "Four Flat Whites In Italy"
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Early reviews are in!

From TheatreView:


Quote:Devenie delivers a masterful portrait of the powerful patriarch, weakened by age and illness yet still fearsome, willful and ultimately wise.


And from the NZ Herald:

Quote:Stuart Devenie's Big Daddy shows the grand patriarch as an unfeeling bully but one of Tennessee Williams' great qualities is his ability to show sympathy for his less-lovable characters and Devenie movingly evokes the frailty of a man discovering that wealth and power offer no defence against the onset of cancer.

Some clips from the performance are here, here, here, and here...although none of Stuart.
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No word on what Stuart is doing right now, but this coming summer, he will be back in Auckland, starring in Roger Hall's play, Four Flat Whites in Italy.

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Quote:Holidays from hell were never so much fun!

Venice! Rome! Tuscany! With a copy of Lonely Planet in one hand and an Italian phrase book in the other, recently retired librarians Adrian and Alison feel prepared to face the excitement of la bella Italia.

But when their best friends suddenly drop out of the trip, are they really ready to share their precious holiday with their new neighbours?

And will Adrian’s wandering eye make it impossible for Alison to keep him on their busy sightseeing schedule?

From Viagra to Vespas, bingeing to budgeting, Michelangelo to la dolce vita, this is one journey they’ll never forget – they may even need a holiday to recover!

It will play in several venues as is often the case with Auckland Theatre Co. productions:

Sky City Theatre: 11 June – 4 July

Bruce Mason Centre: 9 July – 11 July

Clarence St. Theatre, Hamilton: 15 July - 18 July

Details at http://www.atc.co.nz/Plays/Detail.aspx?id=1353

And then later this year, he will also star in The Pohutukawa Tree, by Bruce Mason, which apparently dates to the 50's and is described as "NZ's greatest play." It appears to relate to the indigenous people of the country (well...quasi-indigenous - they predate Europeans by only 500 years or so, but you know what I mean) and seems to be a classic that's taught in schools.
Quote:Life moves on. But not everyone moves with it.

Rediscover Bruce Mason’s THE POHUTUKAWA TREE with Rena Owen who returns from Hollywood to star in New Zealand’s greatest play.

A proud and spiritual woman, Aroha attempts to instruct her children in Pakeha ways. But the post-war world of the 1950s has arrived and she is left increasingly isolated as everything she loves and stands for comes under siege.

Rena Owen was in Once Were Warriors like so many NZ actors - she was the female lead in fact - and since then has done Rapa Nui (another acclaimed, Polynesian-cast dramatic film) and small roles in Hollywood films like Senator Nee Alavar in Revenge of the Sith, Vili Fualaau's mother in the TV movie about Mary Kay LaTourneau,Dinza (a dark goddess) on an ep of Angel, etc.

Details at http://www.atc.co.nz/Plays/Detail.aspx?id=1354 .
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A couple of photos of Stu looking quite unsympathetic, as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:

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PR pic of Stu:

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And a whole album full o' pics here! :bg:

Review from the NZ Herald:

Quote:Stuart Devenie is well cast as a self-deprecating librarian and his perfectly timed deadpan commentary establishes an intimate link with the audience as he reflects on the splendours of Italy, his rising libido and the melancholy interior world of a fractured marriage.....while Darien Takle finds hidden depths in an earnest and frustrated librarian.

And from Theatreview:

Quote:The male half of the miserable Sparrow-like couple is played by Stuart Devenie. Devenie also narrates the play, speaking to us directly about what is happening and how he feels. This narration is often very funny and insightful, I feel close to him from the start, and even when he does something 'really stupid', I can't help but understand.

Sight-seeing is a task rigorously, seriously and irritatingly over-seen by the Sparrow-wife played by Darien Takle. Her desire to consume the sights, to swallow great lumps of Italy without pause, serves to alienate her from the rest of the group.
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A video with clips from the show!

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Another review is in the National Business Review:

Quote:Stuart Devenie as Adrian who also performs the role of narrator gives an almost flawless performance as the hemmed in husband while Darian Takle as the prudish Alison is brilliantly realised.
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So last fall they apparently took the show down to the South Island, and did it in Dunedin - there's a video clip of Stuart on a news program(me) on Channel 9 in Dunedin here. Check out his "natural" accent. It's relatively mild, with a distinct British component, but then listen to how he says "li-brear-ians." Wink

As is often the case, he shows his vast knowledge of the theatre (referring to Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest" off the top of his head) and also refers to previous roles, such as Les Liasions Dangereuses from 20 years ago, and at that point, in his late 30's, he'd have been playing the John Malkovich role! He also refers to having been on this tv show a year ago, which was surely for Jack and the Beanstalk above.
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