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Rhubarb’s first night “gay!”

Ricky during rehearsals

Rhubarb Rouge, aka recent Toi Whakaari graduate and Wellingtonian Ricky Beirao, said the first night of his play in Auckland was “gay!”

Confessions of a Drag Queen, Ricky’s semi-autobiographical play about his journey from Brazil to New Zealand, and from boy to drag queen, debuted at Auckland‘s Basement Theatre last night to a sold-out crowd.

“It was gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!” Ricky enthuses, adding: “I think the audience started a bit nervous with me — not knowing what to expect — but they warmed up really quickly to it and by the end they were loving it! We had two curtain calls!”

Ricky says he is now “a bit nervous” waiting for reviews to come in, which are typically written on open night. “Argh I hate this part!”

Confessions of a Drag Queen runs for a further 3 nights, with the last night being this Saturday. Tickets are still available online.

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  1. Let’s just clarify that Ricky is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Performance and Arts Management BPAM degree from Toi Whakaari. I think a lot of people came with the assumption that he was a graduate of the Acting Degree and possibly judged the show much harsher.

    Theatreview review
    http://www.theatreview.org.nz/reviews/review.php?id=3609

    GAYNZ review
    http://www.gaynz.com/articles/publish/22/article_9850.php

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  2. Anonymous says:

    ” produced by, written by and starring Ricky Beirao in the lead role. In fact, I overheard Beirao saying: “Did you like my show,” to a friend after the performance, and for me, this is its weakness. ”

    I don’t get it.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    oh ignore that lot on gaynz, just a bitter bunch

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    • Envy? Jealousy? Poppy Syndrome? Who knows?

      Truth is he had the courage to make it happen. What the bitter bunch do?
      It was not perfect. However, it made people laugh and the way things are at the moment, everyone needs a good laugh.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    what about the lot on theatreview or the ones that “paid” to watch a trainwreck on stage?
    The back up dancers were the highlight of the show. Ricky had his moments, just glimpses but has looooooooooooong way to go if he wants to make it as a professional actor as well.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    it was fun. I liked it.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    It was better than Nights in the Garden of Spain. The play could do with some serious editing. Some clear directorial choices and not try to be funny. There are moments when Ricky allows us into his story, when he is just telling, this element is far more compelling than him “acting”.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Has Rhubarb/ricky lost weight?

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Sam Shore is a dick!

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Auckland is gay!

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  10. surgical glove says:

    i went to ww.confessions.tk , then it tells me for more information go to ww.confessions.tk

    ??????

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  11. I love how gayNZ.com put this at the bottom of their review:

    “Our new theater reviewer Sam Shore is a critically acclaimed playwright who also keeps things running smoothly at Rainbow Youth.”

    Do they really need to tell us that their opinion means more cus the fuckwit is a playwright??? FFS….. i wrote an email today, does that make me an IT consultant?

    I think the show was amazing when i saw it last year! I can’t wait to see it again in Wellington during outgames!

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    • Sam Shore wrote an internationally award winning play, which makes him qualified in my books. Sending an email doesn’t make you an IT consultant, but your comment makes you an idiot. 🙂

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  12. Gummy Fan NOT says:

    But then Gummy you are satisfied with just about anything I mean girl just look in the mirror, self improvement isn’t in your agenda is it.

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  13. that sam shore guy hasnt really done a thing

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  14. Aucklander Audience Member says:

    I love it – Me and my friends just had so much fun watching it!
    Ricky was just so funny and we laughed the whole way through!

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  15. Anonymous says:

    I liked his writing in ” The Idea Of America”. I saw both seasons of it in Auckland and i hear it is coming down to wellington. I also thought his direction was was precise, clear and sharp in The Vagina Monologues working with some of the top leading actresses in the industry.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    saw this on ricky’s facebook post;

    “despite the critics…. another great almost full show where the audience laughed the whole time – whats wrong with having a funny show for the audiences to laugh!?”

    For a 4 day season why even bother inviting critics who are likely to assess the work in comparision to other professional theatrical outings. If the work is purely for the community then they will come despite the reviews.

    Now the question is will the reviewers in Wellington be just as honest? or will ricky not invite them?

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  17. Anonymous says:

    yeh sam shore is a pretentious wank who is against laughter, sam shore fancies his work as thought provoking and conversation matter pffft *yawn*

    On a lighter note everyone I have spoken to in the community and also a few out of the community that went totally loved rhubarbs show

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    • You obviously dont know Sam very well then. What a stupid thing to say. Having worked with him extensively, more than anything he values laughter and is far to shy about his work to put anything into words that would even come close to sounding pretentious. Grow a set and learn to take criticism. Sam WAS kind in his review, the show was awful. Not that he needs to worry about what you lot are saying.

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  18. Gummy Stew says:

    I heard the show was badly arranged poorly performed and very boring.

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    • Anonymous says:

      well I was there at the Auckland one and it was constant laughter nearly for the entire show.

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      • Anonymous says:

        no doubt that gummy stew is on of the local gentry over here from gaynz.com to defend Sam Shore

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  19. Rhubarb Rouge says:

    Well, some people might have thought that, but to be honest there was laughter the whole way through and I have 77% of my season sold – not including comps.. which is a successful number for a show at the Basement in January!

    The show is a devised piece of theatre – we put it there to test and try , get the feedback and then do it again better later!

    In Wellington , we had darker moments, as in Auckland i think we used too much humor – which was great to have the audience laughing the whole way through, but it was great to see that there is actually more than that. There are a lot more in the story to make it meatier , like Sam himself said.

    We received lots of great feedback. lots of emails were actually sent to the Basement saying they enjoyed the show and had a great time.

    For the next Wellington season and to the other cities we are taking we are again working on it.

    It is always a work in progress.

    And as all theatre pieces – some people will like , love it / some people won’t – they willl hate it!

    So each tot heir own really…everyone has a different opinion and everyone is entitled to their own,

    I already after reading all reviews started to re write and started thinking lots of different things – so I hope everyone will be open to come and watch it again and give their feedback again.

    R.

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  20. great stuff. keep re writing and re working your show. There is some real nuggets in there and i wish you and your team the best for the Wellington season. It will only get even better.

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  21. Thoatre Crotic says:

    It really wasn’t very good. The opening was a direct rip-off of Pam Ann and much of the dialogue was completely plagiarised rather than inspired by her! Not a good look at all. The audience laughed but they would have laughed harder at the plagiarised material. Sam was somewhat kind in his review. By the time 70 minutes had passed, it was a relief to get out of the theatre. There was obviously a reason they chose to look the doors.

    Rhubard is a terrible drag queen but that aside, this still could have been a genuine insight into the trials and tribulations of a performer that chooses drag to express their art.

    Sadly, the only thing it expressed was sour milk tinged with puss. Back to the drawing board, and for gods sake, sack the director, or at least book a director that’s not afraid to stand up to the performer and cut out the self-indulgent shit.

    And finally, before you complain about people not wanting to sleep with you, take a look in the mirror. It’s one thing to be bitter about noone wanting to have sex with you because you’re a drag queen. Another entirely to turn you down if you look like you’ve inhaled both Dunkin Donuts and Burger King then choose to flaunt it on stage half naked.

    Some promise, but a lot of cut and paste required.

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  22. your a nasty piece of work Glenn, u 2 faced bitch

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  23. a fat hairy spider

    ewww fukin hell who the fuk would wanna fuk it
    i mean look @ her
    shes fuglier than gummy and thats BADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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  24. I saw the show and i think there is still work that needs to be done. Congrats on getting a show up. It’s by no means an easy task to pitch a season, secure a venue, apply for funding, seek sponsorship, organize rehearsals, arrange publicity, attract an audience and put yourself up on stage and be vulnerable to personal attacks. This is all part of showbiz.

    Congrats to the team of Confessions for not sitting behind a computer and being cynical, bitter and offer unconstructive criticism and make any response personal, nasty and juvenile.

    I don’t get to see many gay themed theatre stuff and when i do I want to support and develop those people who are trying to create. good luck with the Wellington season.

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  25. the local gentry says:

    Blaming the reviewers is weak. The show was poo poo.

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