REVIEW: Punk Rock (Outfit Theatre Company)

March 29, 2012

Teen angst on overdrive [by James Wenley] Pity the British teenager. There’s something about the British school system that has seen it spawn more than its fair share of films, television and plays eviscerating the subject. Alan Bennett’s thoughtful The History Boys, which Punk Rock has been compared to, took a fairly noble approach to student’s studying their final exam. […]

REVIEW: Ships Songs (Q Theatre)

March 23, 2012

Ships Songs Sings [by Sharu Delilkan] The live band on stage kick starts the voyage dramatically, promising and definitely delivering a memorable theatrical journey. Although I am a sucker for live music, I must admit that this combination can sometimes appears somewhat disjointed. The opposite of course is true with Ship Songs. In fact the live band is so involved […]

REVIEW: Little Histories of the Life Ordinary

March 22, 2012

Getting Lost in Space [by Rosabel Tan] ‘Warning: This entire review might be a spoiler’ Little Histories of the Life Ordinary follows a girl named Frankie whose deepest desire is to travel to space. You’ll never be lonely up there, you see, and the moon is made of cabbage, so you’ll never go hungry either. Also, the Milky Way is […]

REVIEW: In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (Auckland Theatre Company)

March 20, 2012

A Play In Need of Its Own Treatment [by Rosabel Tan] We live in an age of sexual liberation: where mutual attempts to disentangle emotional and physical expressions of love are treated as an act of empowerment – friends with benefits, no strings attached. But whether they can be separated is another question altogether, and this is a focal point […]

PREVIEW: Dialogue With A Mannequin (The Basement)

March 19, 2012

All in the Family [by Sharu Delilkan] Cyan Corwine firmly believes that that you CAN make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Her motto is that you can perform miracles with minimal expense, if you’re willing to think outside the box. The creator of Dialogue With A Mannequin has made her mark in the industry creating sets and […]

REVIEW: Birds (The Mangere Arts Centre)

March 17, 2012

Real, Raw and Revealing [by Sharu Delilkan] It was like dejavu arriving at The Mangere Arts Centre, from Avondale, only to be thrust back into the thick of my own neighbourhood. Set in Avondale, Birds incorporates the suburb’s iconic sites — Avondale Community Centre, Hollywood Cinema, Rosebank Road and Riversdale Reserve. These brilliantly selected audio-visuals, laced with witticism and whimsy, […]

REVIEW: Much Ado about Nothing (Summer Shakespeare)

March 10, 2012

Shakespeare does it again! [by James Wenley] Turns out that Much Ado about Nothing is actually much ado about quite a lot of things… In some ways a ‘greatest hits’ of Shakespeare’s devices, Much Ado’s comedy takes in bumbling authority figures, a disguised seduction, various tricks played on characters, a Shrew-like Battle of the Sexes… there’s even a sort of small boy […]

REVIEW: The Seven Funerals of Charlie Morris (Elephant Nation)

March 7, 2012

Dying of Laughter [by James Wenley] On a routine visit to the hospital after a blow to the head caused by his best friend re-enacting Fight Club, Charlie Morris is informed he has a terminal illness, and his days are numbered. Now that is a profound life changing moment; too big to even begin to understand for people outside of […]

REVIEW: The Last Five Years (Last Tapes)

March 4, 2012

A show to fall in, and out of love.. [by James Wenley] In the middle of Musical The Last Five Years, Jamie and Cathy pledge their loves and their lives in the song The Next Ten Minutes, which  features both a tender proposal (“Will you share your life with me / For the next ten minutes? / …. And if […]

REVIEW: Play Me Deadly (Rebels and Robots)

March 2, 2012

B-Theatre Fun: So bad its good [by James Wenley] Bela Lugosi’s career was rock bottom by the time he was working with infamously bad film director Ed Wood. After gaining success as Dracula in the 1930 film, Lugosi became a regular in horror films. By the 1950s however, he was washed up and irrelevant until Ed Wood bought him out […]

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