Hits of '83 at Centrepoint Theatre
from November 5 to December 17.
Written by Lucy Schmidt and Stacyi Taylor.
Directed by Lucy Schmidt.
Reviewed by EMMA GOODWIN.
If you thought you were cool in 1983 you were in good company. Unfortunately you probably weren't as cool as you thought you were. Hits of `83 proves how memories filter out the bad stuff, like fashion and hair and school.
Writers Lucy Schmidt and Stacyi Taylor have put together another all-too-real look at New Zealand life, with their latest production now in its Christmas season at Centrepoint Theatre.
The script puts its cast through their paces. Acting, singing, dancing and, yes, rollerskating.
Twenty-five years on the cool gang of Raylene, Vicki, Michelle and Lisa are back for the Gristle Wilson High School reunion and flashbacks to their days ruling the rink at Palmy's Skateworld. Things have changed. Husbands have been acquired, stellar careers have been launched and a few secrets buried.
This is a hysterical, heart-warming, cringeworthy and eye-opening show.
You'll cringe at the 80s fashion, laugh at the superb comedy, smile and move to the music and be totally blown away by the vocal abilities of some of the cast members.
Kate Louise Elliot can belt out a tune and some notes surprised more than a few audience members. Elliott was full on, funny and fabulous and we need to see much more of her on the Centrepoint stage.
The theatre's artistic director, it could be said, stole the show, but that was only if Stayci Taylor's character, the light-fingered Vicki, didn't pinch it first.
Andrew Laing, fresh from 39 Steps, and his fellow cast members played several characters both loveable and loathsome. His side-splitting rendition of The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go has now been burned indelibly into my memory bank. Thanks Andrew.
Schmidt and Taylor have crafted a wonderful piece of comedy theatre using a soundtrack as enduring as polyester, and every audience member will relate to the characters.
Hits of `83 is the last show in Centrepoint's season, so don't miss this one. You will regret it more than going to your own high school reunion.
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