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Oracles and Miracles

oracles and miracles · Ages 15+ · 90 mins · New Zealand

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ERNEST KEARNEY certified reviewer July 05, 2019
tagged as: A GOLD MEDAL
An intelligent and solidly crafted story of two sisters who travel separate roads that winds back to that haven which family can be. ... full review
DANIELA GUARINO certified reviewer July 01, 2019
Heartfelt, genuine, confronting. And genuinely funny, in a melancholic way. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 30, 2019
I really loved this show. It is a heartfelt and moving family story of two sisters growing up and surviving poverty in New Zealand in the 1940's. The cast took me on a ride of laughter and tears through the expert direction of Leah Patterson. I highly recommend.... full review
CATHERINE WALLER certified reviewer June 30, 2019
tagged as: Beauty depth female
Incredible. So rich, deep, wonderfully and masterfully acted by Amy Waller and Siobhan Marshall. Masterfully crafted by writer Norelle Scott and director Leah Patterson.... full review
JOY DABBS certified reviewer June 29, 2019
Oracles and Miracles is a universal story that every person who sees it can relate to. The subtle nuances of Norelle Scott's writing gently touch the raw places in your soul, but soothe the hurt places like a compassionate kiss. Sweetly and beautifully told with the light but effective touch of director, Leah Patterson, this piece is nourishment to places you didn't know needed it. ... full review
WALT KOPP certified reviewer June 29, 2019
Impressive- moving representation of the realities of poverty culture (universally, this case in New Zealand) and the challenges of either staying or leaving. ... full review
INA WILLIAMS certified reviewer June 24, 2019
Really good show. Creative use of the minimalist set. Engaging story. ... full review
ANONYMOUS certified reviewer June 22, 2019
My vote for the BEST of the Festival. This is beautifully directed and expertly acted. Mark Taper Forum Quality. LOVED IT! ... full review
ELLA JAMES certified reviewer June 22, 2019
The trope of sisters is a familiar one, and don't let the fact that this one is based in New Zealand from early last century make you think it isn't relevant because it is to sisters everywhere. When you grow up so close together and your lives take a divergent path. Director Leah Patterson has chosen to use an interesting tool to portray the women in their youth and then their later years...a clothesline with a sheet as projection screen and footage of the older women. It is beautifully done, and playwright Norelle Scotts interpretation of Stevan Eldred-Grigg's book Oracles and Miracles is a beautiful transition from book to stage. Amy Waller's 'Fag' brilliantly captures the small town snobbery that results from new money, while I wasn't su... full review
ADRIENNE KOHLER certified reviewer June 09, 2019
tagged as: New Zealand · drama
Oracles and Miracles offers a bittersweet insight into a fundamental faultline in the New Zealand psyche – the “tall poppy syndrome” - and it’s effect on two sisters growing up in depression-era Christchurch (a regional city in the South Island of New Zealand). The play follows two working-class sisters, nicknamed Ginnie and Fag, from their early childhood in the depression through to motherhood in the baby boom of the early fifties. We journey with them and discover how each sister’s response to their neglectful and abusive mother constantly reminding them not to get “too big for their boots” drives their dreams, hopes, ambitions and need for love and belonging – and the effect this has on their relationship with each other. ... full review