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The play is staged as part of the Arts Festival Out East creative project, funded by the Howick Local Board. The play is set in the United States and centres on the disinte- grating marriage of the characters George and Martha, played by actor Anton Bentley and actress Carleena Walsh respectively. George and Martha’s lives take an unexpected turn with the arrival of a younger couple, Nick and Honey, into their social circle. Playing Nick is actor Andrew Gordon, while actress Morgan Bra- dley is taking on the stage role of Honey. Mr Bentley, the head of drama and dance at Macleans College in Bucklands Beach, says George is a challenging character to play. “He’s a university professor in the state of New England,” says Mr Bentley, about George. “This play is about what happens late one night after he and his wife Martha invite Nick and Honey over for drinks, and what follows from that chaos. “George and Martha have a fraught relationship. I think this play will have broad appeal. “It’s one that everyone has heard of, but not many people have seen it or know much about it.” Ms Walsh, who lives in Sunny- hills, says Martha’s personality is somewhat toxic. “She’s a mean and vicious woman,” she says. “This is a dream part for every actress over a certain age. “A lot of actresses say they would like to play her someday. “She’s probably the most diffcult character I’ve ever played.” While the play focuses on marital confict, it also contains more than its fair share of humour. “I think the audience will laugh a lot,” says Ms Walsh. “They will fnd it very funny, as well as disgusting in parts, but there will be a lot of laughter all the way through it.” Mr Hooper says one of the rea- sons he wanted to direct the play is that he’s a fan of Edward Albee’s writing. “This is a brilliant play and it hasn’t been done for a while,” says the Howickian. “I think people shy away from doing it because it’s such a big the- atrical piece. The theme challenges certain ideals and it’s about people who aren’t willing to admit their failings.” Theatre production Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf plays nightly at the public arts centre at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, from March 3-8. All shows are at 7.30pm. Tickets cost $22 for adults and $15 for students. To book, phone 535-6467, as tickets are not avail- able at the door. AN ASSESSMENT of how well the super-city CCOs (council- controlled organisations) are performing is starting soon. Auckland councillors are considering approving the draft terms of reference and timeline for a wide-ranging review of the CCOs at their meeting today. The review was a key election pledge by Mayor Len Brown to ensure ratepayers were getting value for money from the seven CCOs set up during the super- city amalgamation, and that they were fully accountable to ratepayers and elected representatives. “Our CCOs deliver a huge range of services for Aucklanders, from water management to major events, through to the big improvements we’re making in public transport,” Mr Brown says. “We need to ensure that as ratepayer-owned and funded organisations, they are as lean and effcient as possible, with no waste and no duplication of effort.” Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, who chairs the city’s CCO governance and monitoring committee, says after three years of working with the CCOs, councillors are at an ideal point to assess how well they are performing and to look at potential changes where needed. Councillors, local board members, CCOs and the Independent Maori Statutory Board have been given the opportunity to provide feedback on the review’s draft terms of reference. They have also contributed to the development of two CCO current state assessment reports. The seven CCOs are Auckland Tourism Events Economic Development (ATEED), Auckland Transport (AT), Watercare, Auckland Council Investments (ACIL), Auckland Council Property (ACPL), Waterfront Auckland and Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA). Getting value for money?
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