REVIEW: Crunchy Silk (Junket Theatre)

March 27, 2014

Less silk, more crunch [by Matt Baker] Jess Sayer has inarguably established a firm and justified reputation for herself as one of the leading New Zealand playwrights of her generation, so, when a play like Crunchy Silk comes along, I am torn between what is ultimately a good play with potential, and the feeling that Sayer has not packed her usual […]

REVIEW: Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches (Silo)

March 24, 2014

America Rediscovered [by James Wenley] It is very subtle, and depending where you are sitting, invisible. Etched onto the stage floor is one of the most famous sentences from world history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…” For his final offering as Artistic Director […]

REVIEW: Paniora! (ATC)

March 23, 2014

Magnificent Maori Matadors [by Sharu Delilkan] The ‘Len Brown Sux’ protesters outside The Maidment Theatre provided a rather obscure start to the evening. Fortunately everyone seemed more pre-occupied with the opening night of Auckland Theatre Company’s Paniora! to care. Within the lobby though it was so refreshing to see more ‘Browns’ than just Len. Often many ATC shows tend to attract […]

REVIEW: A Boy Wonder (The Basement)

March 20, 2014

Hilariously homegrown [by Sharu Delilkan] In a world where planes go missing, the Crimea is important and Miley Cyrus’ tour bus catches fire it’s imperative to occasionally escape to some irreverence, in order to balance out the heavy politics. Put simply, A Boy Wonder is probably the most endearing Kiwiana plays I’ve seen for a long time. Being in the […]

REVIEW: Daffodils (Bullet Heart Club)

March 17, 2014

Love not given lightly [by James Wenley] Watching Daffodils is like watching a little miracle come into bloom. Praise has already been high for this remarkable debut show from Bullet Heart Club, but allow me to add my voice too: this is an incredibly special theatre experience of a kind that almost never comes along. I go to the theatre again […]

REVIEW: Stomach (The Basement)

March 14, 2014

Satiable [by Matt Baker] While the mutual love of Lisa Left-Eye Lopez may not grab all potential audience members, Stomach is a surprisingly accessible piece of theatre – for both men and women. Granted, there are one or two references that will completely skip men, but overall the themes of friendship and one’s self-respect are presented with a degree of authenticity […]

REVIEW: Girl in Tan Boots (The Basement)

March 13, 2014

Six strong women sparkle [by Sharu Delilkan] It seemed almost like life imitating art when I arrived at the show Girl in Tan Boots with a mate who’s a red head, who loves cats and is a Westie. However I discovered later on that the lead character who was missing, Hannah the red head was lonely and single, which my […]

REVIEW: Pericles (Summer Shakespeare)

March 12, 2014

Shakespeare Strikes Back [by James Wenley] The notion, for a Shakespearean nerd such as I am, to attend a Shakespeare play that I had never read or seen before was a thrilling one. It’s like getting a new Star Wars movie or a new George R.R Martin novel, except this time its 400 or so years later. There was something rather […]

Theatre Scenes goes to Wellington Part Two: Beyond (2014 New Zealand Festival)

March 11, 2014

Circumspectacular [by Sharu Delilkan] “Circus spectacular” doesn’t even begin to describe the innovative circus act that is currently gracing the stage of Wellington’s Opera House as part of the 2014 New Zealand Festival. Right from the get-go you know that the Brisbane-based circus company Circa is going to entertain you. The tongue-in-cheek delivery of every acrobatic twist and turn of […]

REVIEW: Sea (Red Leap Theatre)

March 11, 2014

Blue Leap [by James Wenley] Under Red Leap’s outstanding vision the sea is a phenomenon of awe: a place of wondrous beauty, unrelenting power, but also, poignantly, of great fragility. In Sea human kindness, resilience, and cruelty is set against the wild untameable force and fate of nautical nature. Red Leap’s reputation has been built on the company’s debut The Arrival […]

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