YEAR-END KUDOS FOR THE GOAT
All three of the major publications
that name the best in New Zealand theatre recognized the Silo
production of The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia?
In the annual Metro magazine
readers' poll, The
Goat was voted Best
Play of 2005, and Michael Hurst and Jennifer Ward-Lealand were voted
Best New Zealand Actor and Best New Zealand Actress.
named 2005 "The Year of
the Goat". Their critic Natasha Hay said, "No doubt
about it, Michael Hurst and Jennifer Ward-Lealand gave the performances
of the year, possibly of their lives . . . The effect of Ward-Lealand
unleashing primal howls while hurling crockery at the fallen hero
was electric." (See complete article here).
Shannon Huse of the New Zealand
Herald chose The
Goat as one of her two favorite plays this year: " .
. . the wonderful acting of Jennifer Ward-Lealand and Michael Hurst
- their finely nuanced performances were something special." (See
complete article here).
and Articles on The Goat, or, Who is Sylvia?
Zealand Herald: "There can be few roles in contemporary
theatre that are more demanding than the part of Martin Grey.
. . . Michael Hurst rises to the challenge with a performance that
draws on the full range of his remarkable talent. . . . In his determination
to express the inexpressible Hurst imbues this unlikely character
with a poignant, almost heroic sense of dignity."
"Michael Hurst and Jennifer Ward-Lealand play Martin and Stevie--two
brilliant roles--brilliantly ... Hurst infuses
his Martin with a quiet dignity and frenetic distractedness--his mix
of pedantry and inarticulate despair is pure tragi-comedy. ... When Stevie
finds out about Martin's liaison, Ward-Lealand is formidable.
As she unleashes primal howls, her depth of pain and rage is terrifying."
Business Review: "Michael Hurst as Martin gives
a performance of painful realism which is gratifyingly understated
with no outbursts or pleas for understanding. ... Jennifer Ward-Lealand ... gives a stunning performance, changing
from the witty wife of the first act to the outraged and traumatised
figure of the second act."
Star-Times: "As Martin, Michael Hurst must . .
. present a character that has genuinely fallen for a goat. . . .
He does so by preserving Martin's inner dignity. Even at his worse,
Martin extracts our sympathy, the test of a tragic hero. ... Jennifer
Ward-Lealand's Stevie reduces a sophisticated, controlled woman into
an animal-like despair, at one point reduced to disturbing primal
howls . . . "
Zealand Herald (preview): "Albee has veto over the
casts of his works wherever they are staged, and gave the nod to this
pair after examining their CVs. 'He needs to know the actors
have done lots of theatre . . . made us quite nervous, actually,'