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Innocence

Presented in fragments—some of them related, some of them not—and exploring issues of mortality and the inherent questions of existence and dreaming, Innocence should have been one of my favourite plays of the year. But it’s not.

Sebastian Sommer, who directed this as part of his MTA in Directing, has an eye for incredibly striking images. One that is shared by his designers. Innocence is a very beautiful thing to look at. As an aesthetic acheivement it is great. It’s just a pity that I spent so much of the two hours (without interval—in terrible seats) thinking about why the soundscape was giving me a headache.

Loher is attempting something quite grand in this script, an emotional cross-section of the world, and while it does fall somewhat short of being as effective as it needs and wants to be, the real failing of this production is the performances. Many of them feel unrehearsed and undirected, emotional dialogue is pitched
wrong and all moments of connection are lost.

Sommer is clearly a talented director. This is not the show to demonstrate that.

Innocence
Wri. Dea Loher
Dir. Sebastian Sommer
At Toi Whakaari

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Uther was one of the two arts editors in 2009. He was the horoscopier and theatre writer in 2010. Alongside Elle Hunt, Uther was coeditor in 2011.

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  1. Fiona Jagose says:

    Am sorry to hear that y9ou found the performances so dismal though a lack of connection at times was surely within keeping of the genre.

  2. I hated the play and the production but what i hate is absolute laziness in reviewing this show!

  3. smackdown says:

    yeah uther dean just sat there and watched the play then went home and wrote about it what a lazy dook he shoulda got up on stage and felt it from behind the fourth wall

    thank s for being smart azhager saami

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