REVIEW: A Heart’s Path (Tales from the Kava Bowl)

September 27, 2012
Straight from the Heart [by Sharu Delilkan] A Heart’s Path, written by Suli Moa, is the young playwright’s second Tongan play in less than two years. I’m glad to see that talents like Moa are not a flash in the pan. I have to say congratulations bro for consistently making new works – may this be a sign of more […]

REVIEW: Short + Sweet 2012 Week 2 (Stamp at The Edge)

September 26, 2012
Sweet As! [by Sharu Delilkan] I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s performances of Short + Sweet which is in stark contrast to my review of Week 1. Varied, funny, clever, poignant and sweet in equal proportions the performers complemented each other creating a great mix of thought provoking dialogue. In case you haven’t seen Short + Sweet before, it is the biggest […]

REVIEW: The Bartered Bride (NBR NZ Opera)

September 25, 2012
Bartered then betrothed [by Sharu Delilkan] The word ‘opera’ conjures images of elitism and grandeur among people who don’t frequent the art form. And if you identify with that majority, NBR NZ Opera‘s version of The Bartered Bride would be a great first opera to see. It’s easy to understand, simple storyline and of course it’s highly accessible because it’s […]

REVIEW: Short + Sweet 2012 Week 1 (Stamp at The Edge)

September 20, 2012
Short, but Sweet??? [by Sharu Delilkan] Death, murder and suicide seemed to dominate the themes for Week 1 of Short + Sweet 2012. To be honest I could have done with a little more levity and a little less gravity. Thank goodness for the reprieve provided by The Lighthouse Keeper, Wisdom of Solomon and Supercide. Speaking of Supercide, the reason […]

REVIEW: The Gift (Auckland Theatre Company)

September 17, 2012
The Gift of the gab [by Sharu Delilkan] “Wow!” was all we could say when we saw the striking set as we walked into the Maidment Theatre. A Rubiks-like upholstered grid with minimal cube props for tables and seats is the genius creation of set designer Rachael Walker. This style is repeated behind as a backdrop with the whole set […]

REVIEW: Cowboy Mouth & Love It Up

September 14, 2012
A Bittersweet Mouthful [by Matt Baker] Cowboy Mouth was once described as co-writer Sam Shephard’s ‘most thinly-veiled autobiography.’ However, his resultant abandonment of the production prior to the second night’s performance (he starred alongside his co-writer and lover at the time, Patti Smith) indicates that perhaps the piece was less of a thin veil, and more of a deluge of emotionally […]

REVIEW: Michael James Manaia (Taki Rua Productions & Q)

September 13, 2012
Raw, real and rewarding [by Sharu Delilkan] John Broughton’s epic one-man play Michael James Manaia (MJM) machine guns you with emotion right from the get-go. I can safely say this is the most raw and rewarding play we’ve seen for a long time. Our friends at Q had warned us that the show had had a profound effect on audiences. […]

REVIEW: Len Lye the opera

September 12, 2012
Len me your ears!! [by Sharu Delilkan] I’m always a sucker for a live band or in this case orchestra on stage. I realise that it comes with its own set of technical difficulties but being a live music fiend seeing them on stage the minute I entered the theatre made me smile. And of course it would be remiss […]

REVIEW: Private Lives (Silo)

September 12, 2012
My love-hate relationship with Silo’s Private Lives [by James Wenley] Consider this plot: A newly remarried man about town books into a hotel room for his honeymoon only to discover that his ex-wife has booked the very next room for her own honeymoon. Will old sparks be reflamed? And what about their new partners? Hijinks and hilarity ensue. Sure sounds […]

REVIEW: Goddess and Mab’s Room Double Bill (Basement Studio)

September 5, 2012
New Voice, Amplified   [by James Wenley] Playwright Sam Brooks’ work concerns itself with identity, the mechanics of interaction, and an intense focus on what pulls people together… and apart. In the spirit of ‘get up and do it’, Brooks, a graduate of Unitec’s Writers course and winner of Playmarket’s Playwrights b4 25 Award, has produced a double bill at The Basement […]
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