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REVIEW: Flashdance the Musical (The Civic)

by James Wenley in Scene by James

Leg-Warming It would seem like a no brainer to turn Flashdance into a stage musical. Nostalgia is a powerful seller, and many an 80’s kid rewound their VHS copies to oblivion. The 1983 film is told with the logic of a musical, with just enough dialogue to get us to the next MTV-like dance montage. The film, for all its sex appeal and collarless sweatshirts, is incredibly thin on plot. It’s not even 90 minutes before the credits roll. Alex (Julia Macchio) holds down two jobs – welder and night-club dancer – and longs to audition for the Shipley Dance [...]

REVIEW: Wilson Dixon’s Back Catalogue (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 3, 2016
[Catch-up on your Dixon] Performing a selection of songs from his various pun-titled albums, Wilson Dixon’s Back Catalogue is an excellent opportunity for those unfamiliar with New Zealand’s favourite American country and western comedy singer to catch up on over a decade of anecdotes. The Cripple Creek comedian is the stereotypical modern day redneck, with an astute eye on small […]

REVIEW: Le Comique (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 2, 2016
[Merde Oui!!!] Le Comique definitely offers an eclectic mix of comedic performances during this 2 ½-hour-show.  The charming and hilarious caricature of a Frenchman, Marcel Lucont is fabulous at the helm as he keeps us entertained between acts.  He also has the uncanny knack of sucking in the audience, endearing himself more and more as the night progresses. Lucont was […]

REVIEW: What If There Is No Toilet? Felicity Ward (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 28, 2016
[Shits and Giggles] It’s no small challenge basing your show around the premise of irritable bowel syndrome without devolving completely into the realm of toilet humour. But in Australian comedian Felicity Ward’s What If There Is No Toilet?, she avoids the cheap and obvious jokes of the topic on hand. And while she’s never afraid to be a little crass, […]

REVIEW: Matt Okine (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 28, 2016
[More than Ok] Matt Okine has an impressive comedic résumé. A multi-award winning comedian with international tours, and openings for Aziz Ansari and Dave Chappelle, since 2012 Okine has been making a name for himself both at home in Australia and overseas. As a relatively new comic, Okine has a well-defined stage persona and an excellent economy of words, and […]

REVIEW: Funny as Cancer: Beth Vyse (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 27, 2016
[Continue the conversation] I firmly believe that there is nothing you cannot joke about; it is simply a question of the victim of the joke. Beth Vyse is one of the 78% of women in the United Kingdom who have survived breast cancer, but she is not a victim. She is, however, a comedian, and she’s here for the 2016 […]

REVIEW: Food for Thought: Natasha Hoyland (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 27, 2016
[More Thought, Less Food] It’s not easy, and also not entirely necessary, to provide a thematic narrative structure to a comedy show, and the food component in Natasha Hoyland’s title feels like a catalyst to certain jokes that haven’t been fully considered in the context of a 50-minute performance, as opposed to a motif upon which the material could naturally […]

REVIEW: G.O.A.T: Frickin Dangerous Bro (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 26, 2016
[Get them on our Screens] Pax Assadi, James Roque, and Jamaine Ross want to create the greatest sketch show of all time. It’s a ludicrous premise, especially when pitting yourself against the likes of Saturday Night Live, Key & Peele, and, of course, Monty Python, but it’s this ridiculousness presented with loose, informal, direct to audience banter, that make it […]

REVIEW: Back With a New Show: Nish Kumar (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 25, 2016
[Return couldn’t come sooner] My only regret in seeing Nish Kumar’s debut performance at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival last year was that it was his final night, because I would have paid to have seen him again. Fortunately, this year, not only does Kumar have a longer run, he’s been elevated to The Classic mainstage as opposed to […]

REVIEW: Reset: James Acaster (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 25, 2016
[No Do-Over] Since his first show in New Zealand, James Acaster has had an acclaimed presence in our comedy scene. From the New Zealand Comedy Guild’s Best International Act Award in 2013 (Prompt) to the New Zealand International Comedy Festival’s Best International Show Award in 2014 (Bread), his risible observations, delivered in a dulcet and placid cadence, have been readily […]

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Auckland Theatre Company have upgraded from the idefinitely closed Maidment Theatre to the sumptuous Civic Theatre for the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw this play in London last year, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard (House) as Atticus Finch, which made me appreciate this story all over again. With the release of [...]
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To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
Auckland Theatre Company have upgraded from the idefinitely closed Maidment Theatre to the sumptuous Civic Theatre for the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw this play in London last year, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard (House) as Atticus Finch, which made me appreciate this story all over again. With the release of [...]
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8:00 pm To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
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To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
Auckland Theatre Company have upgraded from the idefinitely closed Maidment Theatre to the sumptuous Civic Theatre for the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw this play in London last year, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard (House) as Atticus Finch, which made me appreciate this story all over again. With the release of [...]
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To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
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To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
Auckland Theatre Company have upgraded from the idefinitely closed Maidment Theatre to the sumptuous Civic Theatre for the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw this play in London last year, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard (House) as Atticus Finch, which made me appreciate this story all over again. With the release of [...]
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Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
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Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
I love when companies do a take-over of The Basement and bring us through all its various areas. There’s an extra twist with this one: it’s a promenade Opera! In this promenade-style production (the first opera ever staged at The Basement Theatre) the audience is guided through the entire building. As Dido falls for Aeneas and perverse witches wreak havoc, [...]
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8:00 pm Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
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Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
I love when companies do a take-over of The Basement and bring us through all its various areas. There’s an extra twist with this one: it’s a promenade Opera! In this promenade-style production (the first opera ever staged at The Basement Theatre) the audience is guided through the entire building. As Dido falls for Aeneas and perverse witches wreak havoc, [...]
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8:00 pm Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
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Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
I love when companies do a take-over of The Basement and bring us through all its various areas. There’s an extra twist with this one: it’s a promenade Opera! In this promenade-style production (the first opera ever staged at The Basement Theatre) the audience is guided through the entire building. As Dido falls for Aeneas and perverse witches wreak havoc, [...]
8:00 pm To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
May 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
To Kill a Mockingbird @ The Civic
Auckland Theatre Company have upgraded from the idefinitely closed Maidment Theatre to the sumptuous Civic Theatre for the stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. I saw this play in London last year, in a production starring Robert Sean Leonard (House) as Atticus Finch, which made me appreciate this story all over again. With the release of [...]
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Fri
8:00 pm Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
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Dido & Aeneas @ The Basement
I love when companies do a take-over of The Basement and bring us through all its various areas. There’s an extra twist with this one: it’s a promenade Opera! In this promenade-style production (the first opera ever staged at The Basement Theatre) the audience is guided through the entire building. As Dido falls for Aeneas and perverse witches wreak havoc, [...]

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