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    REVIEW: Nederlands Dans Theatre (The Civic)

    [Towards Perfection] Let’s get one thing out of the way, even as someone who can’t claim to know much about dance, I can confidently say Nederlands Dans Theatre have created some of the best pieces [...]
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    REVIEW: Love N Stuff (Prayas)

    [Overstuffed] Despite sharing a similarly large cast, Prayas Theatre have done a 180 for their latest show, going from the epic novelistic scale of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance to the more personal marital comedy [...]
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    REVIEW: La Vie Dans Une Marionette (White Face Crew)

    [Master Showmen] As soon as the  man in white face paint screamed ‘lock ze doors!’, I knew we were in for something interesting. La Vie Dans Une Marionette is a delightful confection of humour and surprising pathos. Making [...]
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    REVIEW: The Elephant Thief (Indian Ink)

    [Stealing the Show] One good reason to appreciate Indian Ink is that they are an established theatre company that take genuine risks in their work while cohesively maintaining a focus towards the longevity of their art. This is [...]
That Bloody Woman by Luke di Somma and Gregory Cooper. Dir. Kip Chapman.  Auckland Theatre Company production. Production Photos - Michael Smith
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REVIEW: That Bloody Woman (Auckland Theatre Company)

by Sharu Delilkan in Auckland Theatre Company

[Bloody Marvellous] We departed That Bloody Woman‘s opening night feeling proud, informed and uplifted by the musical portrayal of this ‘her-storical’ story. The face of Kate Sheppard that gazes somewhat benevolently from our $10 note belies a passion, a person and a struggle that we think we know, but don’t. By communicating directly with the audience, the show makes us conspirators in the (then outrageous, but now so obvious) ‘plot’ to give 52% of the human race their vote. Esther Stephens as Kate Sheppard is flawless – she charms, cajoles, needles, seduces and fights through dialogue, movement and song to [...]

REVIEW: Nederlands Dans Theatre (The Civic)

July 1, 2016
[Towards Perfection] Let’s get one thing out of the way, even as someone who can’t claim to know much about dance, I can confidently say Nederlands Dans Theatre have created some of the best pieces of theatre you’ll see all year. The evening is made up of four distinctly different works of varying lengths (from 15 to 34 minutes): Safe […]

REVIEW: Love N Stuff (Prayas)

June 26, 2016
[Overstuffed] Despite sharing a similarly large cast, Prayas Theatre have done a 180 for their latest show, going from the epic novelistic scale of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance to the more personal marital comedy of Tanika Gupta’s Love N Stuff. The play charts the tumultuous relationship between middle aged Indian couple Bindi (Sudeepta Vyas) and Mansoor (Mustaq Missouri). When […]

REVIEW: Everything Anyone Ever Wanted (Black Sheep Productions)

June 24, 2016
[Generation Movement] Less than a week after The Spinoff wrote this response to a North & South article on millennials, award-winning choreographic director Natalie Maria Clark presents Everything Anyone Ever Wanted, her fifth show in four years under the collective Black Sheep Productions and one of the strongest pieces of performance, let alone dance, to advocate for Generation Y. Its […]

REVIEW: La Vie Dans Une Marionette (White Face Crew)

June 22, 2016
[Master Showmen] As soon as the  man in white face paint screamed ‘lock ze doors!’, I knew we were in for something interesting. La Vie Dans Une Marionette is a delightful confection of humour and surprising pathos. Making a return visit to The Basement as part of their Matariki season, White Face Dance Crew tell the story of a lonely pianist (Tama Jarman) and the […]

REVIEW: The Elephant Thief (Indian Ink)

June 20, 2016
[Stealing the Show] One good reason to appreciate Indian Ink is that they are an established theatre company that take genuine risks in their work while cohesively maintaining a focus towards the longevity of their art. This is by no means a simple or easy achievement. To refrain from resting on artistic laurels requires exploration into new and sometimes unsuccessful territory, which can […]

REVIEW: Medea (Silo)

June 19, 2016
[Medea Mediated] Jasper (Quinn Bevan) and Leon (Aedan Burmester) are the children of Greek hero Jason (of the Argonauts fame) and the witch Medea (played by Bronwyn Bradley). As the action begins, the couple’s marriage has broken up over Jason’s infidelity and the boys have been locked in their room while their parents thrash it out. While their parents battle […]

REVIEW: The Magic Flute (NZ Opera)

June 18, 2016
[Has the Flute lost its Magic?] Having sat through almost three hours of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, including a 20-minute interval (which is pretty normal for an evening at the opera), I couldn’t help wondering why I felt so utterly and truly disappointed as we filed out of the theatre. With a title like The Magic Flute which undoubtedly conjures fantasy and […]

REVIEW: Milky Bits (The Basement)

June 15, 2016
[Vision Boards A go-go] Three friends (Chris Parker, Hayley Sproull and Leon Wadham) are lost on a windy heath. After finding each other, they declare their mutual devotion and vow to return on the anniversary of their ordeal to celebrate their enduring bond. And that about does it for plot. When I first heard the title ‘Milky Bits’, I was […]

REVIEW: That Bloody Woman (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 12, 2016
[Bloody Marvellous] We departed That Bloody Woman‘s opening night feeling proud, informed and uplifted by the musical portrayal of this ‘her-storical’ story. The face of Kate Sheppard that gazes somewhat benevolently from our $10 note belies a passion, a person and a struggle that we think we know, but don’t. By communicating directly with the audience, the show makes us […]

REVIEW: Potato Stamp Megalomaniac (The Basement)

June 10, 2016
[Drink the Kool-aid] The best theatre is full of surprises. Not cheap or outlandish plot twists, but the organic sort of surprises that feel like the missing pieces of a puzzle. The sort of surprises that leave audiences smiling in awe. Andrew Gunn’s Potato Stamp Megalomaniac digs these out in spades. Andrew tells us to think of the show as a revolution […]

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The Auckland marketing has gone big with the appearance of Hip-hop star Scribe’s appearance in The White Guitar, but I’m more far more interested in meeting Malo Luafutu, the man behind the moniker, and discovering more about his family – his brother and father also star in this play. A grandmother’s dream of a better life in New Zealand collides with [...]
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Broadway composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are currently hitting it big on Broadway with Dear Evan Hansen, but Aucklanders have the opportunity to see their first work, Edges, written when the duo where 19-year-olds. Edges is a song-cycle about the trials and tribulations of early adulthood. It is the debut show from Rebel Theatre, who aim to fill the gap [...]
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The White Guitar @ Q Theatre | Auckland | Auckland | New Zealand
The Auckland marketing has gone big with the appearance of Hip-hop star Scribe’s appearance in The White Guitar, but I’m more far more interested in meeting Malo Luafutu, the man behind the moniker, and discovering more about his family – his brother and father also star in this play. A grandmother’s dream of a better life in New Zealand collides with [...]
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Edges @ Galatos
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Edges @ Galatos | Auckland | Auckland | New Zealand
Broadway composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are currently hitting it big on Broadway with Dear Evan Hansen, but Aucklanders have the opportunity to see their first work, Edges, written when the duo where 19-year-olds. Edges is a song-cycle about the trials and tribulations of early adulthood. It is the debut show from Rebel Theatre, who aim to fill the gap [...]
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The White Guitar @ Q Theatre | Auckland | Auckland | New Zealand
The Auckland marketing has gone big with the appearance of Hip-hop star Scribe’s appearance in The White Guitar, but I’m more far more interested in meeting Malo Luafutu, the man behind the moniker, and discovering more about his family – his brother and father also star in this play. A grandmother’s dream of a better life in New Zealand collides with [...]

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