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REVIEW: Boys Will Be Boys (Silo)

by Rachael Longshaw-Park in Silo

[Swimming with the Sharks] Boys Will Be Boys is a brash and unapologetic dive into the social and sexual politics of the corporate banking world. Notably it contains a thematic parallel that couldn’t be more poignant currently with the national scrutiny of the Chief’s media scandal. Melissa Bubnic’s play follows the story of Astrid (Amanda Billing), a currency trader convinced of a clear divide between “Boy’s world” and “Girl’s world”, and her young protégé Priya (Vanessa Kumar). Astrid is at first unconvinced with Priya’s ability to swim in the shark tank, but through Priya’s determination Astrid agrees to take her [...]

REVIEW: Banging Cymbal, Glanging Gong (The Basement)

September 23, 2016
[Off Beat] Banging Cymbal, Clanging Gong is once again brought to life fifteen years after its debut by writer Jo Randerson. The show promises to be a raucous event pioneered by a tartan wearing, foul mouthed punk figure who navigates her ancestry and personal philosophy throughout the show. Taking inspiration from her Danish heritage, Randerson weaves into the fabric of […]

REVIEW: Vanilla Miraka (The Basement)

September 23, 2016
[Awkward Appropriation] Cultural appropriation is always uncomfortable to witness, whether you’re at an exotically-themed dress-up party or your friend gets an unfortunate tribal tattoo. A much trickier grey area explored in Hayley Sproull’s Vanilla Miraka is when the lines between cultures are blurred, when you share the blood of the coloniser and the colonised. Is it still cultural appropriation if […]

REVIEW: Hook-Up Boys (The Basement)

September 23, 2016
[A Satyrical Satire] Sex is an easy starting place for comedy. The expectations, the realities, and the frustrations of desire can provide great set ups for jokes. Think back to the characters played by Marilyn Monroe and Joe E. Brown in Some Like It Hot — their bodies and perceived sex appeal (or lack of, in Brown’s case) become walking […]

REVIEW: The Better Best Possible Album Party Anybody Has Ever Been Two (The Basement)

September 18, 2016
[Return of the Divas] Back from their self-imposed hiatus Deni$ and Tyla grace New Zealand’s stage once again dropping bangers and truths for audiences at the Basement Theatre. Frith Horan and Kate McGill are stepping back into the shoes of this problematic pop-duo to rekindle their relationship with their fans after an ego-fueled mistake at Coachella destroyed their careers nine […]

REVIEW: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (NZ Opera)

September 18, 2016
[Fleet Street Clean Sweep] While he has never stayed in one place for all that long, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, first seen in 1979, has continued to set up his establishment in production after production world-wide. Written by Hugh Wheeler with music and lyrics by the incomparable Stephen Sondheim, it has attracted headliners like Angela Lansbury, Kelsey […]

REVIEW: Boys Will Be Boys (Silo)

September 13, 2016
[Swimming with the Sharks] Boys Will Be Boys is a brash and unapologetic dive into the social and sexual politics of the corporate banking world. Notably it contains a thematic parallel that couldn’t be more poignant currently with the national scrutiny of the Chief’s media scandal. Melissa Bubnic’s play follows the story of Astrid (Amanda Billing), a currency trader convinced […]

REVIEW: Close City (The Basement)

September 11, 2016
[A Doll’s Hell] “It is not necessarily at home that we best encounter our true selves. The furniture insists that we cannot change because it does not; the domestic setting keeps us tethered to the person we are in ordinary life, who may not be who we essentially are.”― Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel. Like A Doll’s House‘s […]

REVIEW: Thomus (The Basement)

September 3, 2016
[Shakespearean Aspirations] The main drawcard for Ash Jones’ Thomus is his use of iambic pentameter, drawing inspiration from the humble likes of Shakespeare. While not completely unheard of in recent theatrical endeavours (Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III being a prime example), it’s a lofty ambition worthy of respect in itself. That face he does it so confidently is the most […]

REVIEW: FLAPS (Bits and Pieces Ensemble)

August 26, 2016
[Light in Dark Places] A sickly smell of adolescence wafts through the Basement Studio. The floors are lined with mattresses and the walls are adorned with pink, white and floral sheets, which, coupled with the upbeat, girl power tunes, gives a 90’s-esque slumber party vibe. It’s an immersive and welcoming environment as the cast mingle with the audience and offer […]

REVIEW: Sister Anzac (Stark Theatre)

August 25, 2016
[Honour & Horror] Theatre can do certain tones well. Visceral dread is not usually one of them. Sister Anzac is the rare drama that manages to feel like a completely theatrical yet horrifically immersive experience. Told from the perspective of three green New Zealand Red Cross nurses and their formidable matron, Sister Anzac (written by Geoff Allen) presents the battlefields of […]

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Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot is one of the best musicals to come out of Britain in the last decade. It’s been a smash on Broadway, the West End, and Australia, and now Auckland Theatre Company are staking the success of their new Waterfront Theatre on Lee Hall and Elton John’s stage adaptation of the film. Set in a northern mining town against the background [...]
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7:00 pm Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
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Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot is one of the best musicals to come out of Britain in the last decade. It’s been a smash on Broadway, the West End, and Australia, and now Auckland Theatre Company are staking the success of their new Waterfront Theatre on Lee Hall and Elton John’s stage adaptation of the film. Set in a northern mining town against the background [...]
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Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
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Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot is one of the best musicals to come out of Britain in the last decade. It’s been a smash on Broadway, the West End, and Australia, and now Auckland Theatre Company are staking the success of their new Waterfront Theatre on Lee Hall and Elton John’s stage adaptation of the film. Set in a northern mining town against the background [...]
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8:00 pm Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
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Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot is one of the best musicals to come out of Britain in the last decade. It’s been a smash on Broadway, the West End, and Australia, and now Auckland Theatre Company are staking the success of their new Waterfront Theatre on Lee Hall and Elton John’s stage adaptation of the film. Set in a northern mining town against the background [...]
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8:00 pm Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Oct 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot is one of the best musicals to come out of Britain in the last decade. It’s been a smash on Broadway, the West End, and Australia, and now Auckland Theatre Company are staking the success of their new Waterfront Theatre on Lee Hall and Elton John’s stage adaptation of the film. Set in a northern mining town against the background [...]
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ The Civic
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Priscilla Queen of the Desert @ The Civic
Priscilla Queen of the Desert remains one of my all time favourite musicals. It delivers in spectacle and heart in equal measure, and has the catchiest jukebox hit-list of them all. It was last here at The Civic in 2008, and now, after travelling all the way to the West End and Broadway, Australia’s most successful musical ever is back [...]
8:00 pm Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:45 pm
Billy Elliot the Musical @ ASB Waterfront Theatre
Billy Elliot is one of the best musicals to come out of Britain in the last decade. It’s been a smash on Broadway, the West End, and Australia, and now Auckland Theatre Company are staking the success of their new Waterfront Theatre on Lee Hall and Elton John’s stage adaptation of the film. Set in a northern mining town against the background [...]

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