Square Eye Pair (3 stars)

Kiwi duo craft comedy from popular culture obsession and crippling teenage loserdom

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This article is from 2012.

Square Eye Pair

Kiwi duo Eli Matthewson and Hamish Parkinson are Max and Richard - Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Romy and Michele, Beavis and Butthead. Their bromance was borne out of crippling teenage loserdom, and is sustained in the present day by a couch and a shared obsession with TV. Their ‘story of what happens when you start looking for something more’ is aided and abetted by Elise Whitson, playing the roughest, toughest girl at school as well as the threatening object of affection.

Max and Richard play out their relationship in a geeky vocabulary of favourite programmes and scattergun pastiche of iconic TV shows, and televisual and pop cultural references litter the script. It’s a sweetly whimsical hour, and - though the structure is slightly hotch potch and some polish to the pace wouldn’t go amiss - all three give strong performances. Invoking Corrie’s Deirdre Barlow as symbol of a life half lived, using cardboard cutouts for scenic props and interpretive dance involving ribbons to the theme tune of Dawson’s Creek should be worth the entrance fee alone.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 2.30pm, £8.50 (£7.50).

This article is from 2012.

Square Eye Pair

  • 3 stars

Winner, best comedy, 2011 Auckland Fringe Festival. What happens when bromance gets in the way of romance? Square Eye Pair is the story of a bromance between two telly-obsessed best friends. Friends since school, Richard and Max now live together, spending most of their time glued to the screen. This is the story of what…

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