• Venus in Fur by David Ives, an ATC Production, dir Shane Bosher,starring Morgana O'Reilly and Craig Hall. Production photographs Michael Smith
    Theatre Reviews

    REVIEW: Venus in Fur (Auckland Theatre Company)

    [Theatrically Stimulating] It turned Nina Arianda into an overnight success, her performance earning her the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress. In 2013 it became the most produced play that year with 22 productions. And its [...]
  • Mating in Captivity
    Theatre Reviews

    REVIEW: Mating in Captivity (Last Tapes)

    [Page to Stage] There is a significant step missing in Auckland’s theatre industry. Between independent producers and production companies presenting their own works, whether old or new, there are few of either who dedicate themselves [...]
  • Performed by John Waters
    Theatre Reviews

    REVIEW: Lennon: Through a Glass Onion (The Civic)

    [Come Together] Lennon: Through A Glass Onion is a unique experience at The Civic which epitomises a live concert combined with the most entertaining chronological tapestry of commentary.  For children of the 60s likes us it [...]
  • Mahuika Theatre Company
    Theatre Reviews

    REVIEW: Leilani (Q Matchbox)

    [Finding Ourselves in the Form] Sometimes there is nothing so magical as a girl, on a stage, sitting on a rubbish bag.  With every funding cut scything away at our creative waistlines, the Arts are [...]
  • Jessie Cassin
    Theatre Reviews

    REVIEW: Sandy Edmonds: Sure to Rise (Dionysos)

    [Add Baking Powder] Written and performed by Jessie Cassin, Sandy Edmonds: Sure to Rise is a show stuck somewhere between a night with Sandy Edmonds and a jukebox musical theatre piece. A star of the [...]
Bruce Mason: Our original 'hobbyist' playwright and critic
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SCENE BY JAMES: If New Zealand theatre criticism sucks, then it’s always sucked.

by James Wenley in Scene by James

[Which is to say, it doesn’t] Yesterday playwright/director/lip sync dynamo and “professional theatre critic” Sam Brooks went full Addison DeWitt against his own profession, dripping venom over the crappy theatre criticism in this country. On The Spinoff he argues: “theatre criticism in this country is fucked… the result: a critical culture muddied by hobbyists, people who aren’t truly passionate about engaging with or discussing the work – so they don’t.” I’d heard this before. Was it on Twitter, where every other week @sbrookbrooks takes down Theatreview and suggests that we email editor John Smythe with our views about the quality of the reviews [...]

REVIEW: Venus in Fur (Auckland Theatre Company)

August 23, 2016
[Theatrically Stimulating] It turned Nina Arianda into an overnight success, her performance earning her the 2012 Tony Award for Best Actress. In 2013 it became the most produced play that year with 22 productions. And its origin is found in a 19th century German S&M novella. At least that’s how Vanda Jordan, a brazen and uncouth, yet inarguably fascinating, actress refers […]

REVIEW: Mating in Captivity (Last Tapes)

August 21, 2016
[Page to Stage] There is a significant step missing in Auckland’s theatre industry. Between independent producers and production companies presenting their own works, whether old or new, there are few of either who dedicate themselves to introducing new playwrights, actors, designers, and directors to Auckland audiences. Enter Last Tapes: First Steps season, which is “dedicated to supporting and staging debut […]

REVIEW: Lennon: Through a Glass Onion (The Civic)

August 11, 2016
[Come Together] Lennon: Through A Glass Onion is a unique experience at The Civic which epitomises a live concert combined with the most entertaining chronological tapestry of commentary.  For children of the 60s likes us it gives you a nostalgic trip down memory lane or, for the punter born after the Lennon/Beatle years, a great historic snapshot of the iconic band […]

REVIEW: Leilani (Q Matchbox)

August 11, 2016
[Finding Ourselves in the Form] Sometimes there is nothing so magical as a girl, on a stage, sitting on a rubbish bag.  With every funding cut scything away at our creative waistlines, the Arts are now in a position where every show must first justify its existence. Why do we bother to make theatre – especially under these conditions? Sitting […]

REVIEW: Sandy Edmonds: Sure to Rise (Dionysos)

August 7, 2016
[Add Baking Powder] Written and performed by Jessie Cassin, Sandy Edmonds: Sure to Rise is a show stuck somewhere between a night with Sandy Edmonds and a jukebox musical theatre piece. A star of the New Zealand 60’s music scene, publicity raises the question of “what happened to Sandy and where did she go?” This is a ruse (and a […]

REVIEW: Mia Blonde in Ice Dagger (Dynamotion)

August 4, 2016
[Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Ha Ha] There have been a few times I’ve watched an old James Bond movie (generally one starring Roger Moore) when I’ve wondered what a James Bond musical would look like. Mia Blonde in Ice Dagger is probably as close as we are going to get. Mia Blonde (Olivia Tennet) is James Bond without the penis or […]

Matt Baker on Curious Incident

August 2, 2016
[Killed the Cat] EDITOR: Auckland Theatre Company’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time has completely sold out its run at the Q theatre, which is a remarkable achievement for the company. This follows their run of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Civic Theatre earlier in the year, which was their most successful drama, beating the record for their 12 Angry […]

REVIEW: Next Big Thing Festival 2016 (Auckland Theatre Company)

July 26, 2016
[Start Strong. Subvert, Go Nuts] Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Devised with the cast under the direction of Ahi Karunaharan, Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda is the most earnest and self-effacing theatrical portrayal I’ve seen about what it means to be young. Theatrical deconstruction can be ostentatious at best when used by practitioners who are still learning its rules, but Karunaharan never allows his […]

REVIEW: Dexter’s Amazing African Adventure (TAPAC and Blue Baths):

July 20, 2016
[Glued to the Stage] Written by Jess Sayer, one of New Zealand’s grittiest adult playwrights, and Darlene Mohekey, the creative and musical genius The Blue Baths, Dexter’s Amazing African Adventure follows Dexter’s journey (a year after his deep sea discovery) to save the last African Black Horn Rhinoceros. It’s a simple premise with little conflict, but Sayer and Mohekey extrapolate […]

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8:00 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Aug 25 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
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8:00 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
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8:00 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
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6:30 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Aug 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
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31
Wed
6:30 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Aug 31 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
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8:00 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
Sep
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Fri
8:00 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sep 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
Sep
3
Sat
8:00 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sep 3 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
Sep
6
Tue
6:30 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sep 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]
Sep
7
Wed
6:30 pm Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Sep 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Venus in Fur @ The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre
Morgana O’Reilly and Craig Hall  have been absent from Auckland’s stages while they’ve starred in TV series across the Tasman (how good is Hall in A Place to Call Home!), but they’ve come back, together with former Silo Artistic director Shane Bosher, for David Ives’ Venus in Fur. The play opens with Thomas, a New York writer and director who is planning [...]

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