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Fri 13 Nov 2015, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 14 Nov 2015, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Thu 19 Nov 2015, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 20 Nov 2015, 8:00pm–10:00pm
Sat 21 Nov 2015, 8:00pm–10:00pm

Where: Backstage Theatre, Victoria Avenue, Waiuku, Waiuku, Auckland

Restrictions: R13

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $17.00 ($16.00 + $1.00 fees)
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


A comedy by Anne Flanagan.

Struggling Artist, Payne Showers finally gets his big break.  He dies.  Fortunately Payne's death greatly inflates the value of his work.  Unfortunately his estranged wife, Maggie, must sell it to avoid bankruptcy.  Just days before the auction, Maggie and her high-strung gallery manager, Richard, host a private showing.  The guests of honour are influential newspaper maven Judith Fontaine; the fabulously rich real estate mogul Mick Fitzgerald; Trent, a gorgeous but dim-witted soap opera actor; Graciela, a streetwise cocktail waitress; and Emma, a humorless art critic.  To Maggie's delight, Mick Fitzgerald buys dozens of paintings. Not only will the deal rescue her financially, but Judith Fontaine is covering the story. The resulting publicity will put Maggie's gallery on the map!  At this point, the only thing that could go wrong would be if Payne Showers were to walk through the door.  Then Payne Showers walks through the door.  Artifice is a farcical take on celebrity and success and an affectionate tribute to loyalty and love.

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