Munted Shows Resilience of New Zealand People

Jackie Shaw, Victoria Abbott, and Frith Horan in “Munted.”

Jackie Shaw, Victoria Abbott, and Frith Horan in “Munted.”

Employing the actual words of survivors of Christchurch, New Zealand’s 6.1 earthquake on February 22, 2011, Bare Hunt Collective’s production of Munted (Busted) is a thought provoking, powerful play about hope, humanity, and survival. The nonfiction piece features outstanding performances and thoughtful composition that tells witty, touching, and moving stories of people facing tragedy and moving on.

After experiencing a 7.1 earthquake outside of the city in fall 2010, the thirty second February 6.1 earthquake in the city center caused massive destruction and changes to the once vibrant city. Both Caucasian and Maori residents came together to rescue each other and rebuild their city. Writer Victoria Abbott interviewed citizens of Christchurch and blended their words into a moving story of what it means to be human.

Director Katharine McGill brings dynamic energy by keeping the action moving, tight, and focused, enhanced by excellent timing. She employs lighting as a means to highlight stories and frame particular moments. The random set pieces and strewn about tea mugs reflect the devastation of the event, and multitude of existing stories.

Abbott, Jackie Shaw, and Frith Horan all give excellent performances as they essay multiple roles, employing body language, posture, and hand gestures to differentiate between male and female characters. They capture the hilarious family running the local grocery store, a delightful four-year-old, haunted policewoman, talkative teacher, and showoff dentist, among others, revealing the heart of these people.

Amusing, entertaining, and thought provoking, Munted reveals the strength and dignity of the human spirit.

New Zealand’s Bare Hunt Collective presents Munted Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm and 7pm through July 27, at the Stella Adler Academy and Theater, 6773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased at the door or at www.brownpapertickets.com.

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