REVIEW: Reclamation (FAFSWAG)

September 27, 2019
[Pusi Power] “Why men great till they gotta be great… Just took a DNA test and I’m 100% that bitch even when I’m crying crazy, yeah I got boy problems that’s the human in me. Then I solve ’em that’s the goddess in me” Said by the most iconic, curvalicious and unapologetic queen herself: Lizzo (if you haven’t heard of […]

REVIEW: AloFA (Q Theatre)

September 24, 2019
[Family Secrets] It’s great walking into Q Theatre for the opening night of AloFA to see a more representative demographic. Q’s full house, boasting a cross section of Auckland’s growing diverse population, is a huge coup. Centre stage are two graves covered with Samoan siapo (tapa cloth), fala moe (sleeping mats), a mosquito net – complemented by the backdrop adorned […]

REVIEW: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Auckland Theatre Company)

September 17, 2019
[Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Funny] A chime is heard and backstage is onstage. The curtain has revealed an actors’ waiting room. Three plywood walls, a roll of green screen, a ladder leading nowhere, and a healthy scattering of exit signs, ominously glowing without their promised exits. Scaffolding is visible and there is a lighting bar lying across the back […]

REVIEW: I Didn’t Invite You Here to Lecture Me (Basement Theatre)

September 11, 2019
[Complete Education in 60 Minutes] What is the measurement used to gauge the success of a piece of theatre? Whether you laugh? Whether you are challenged into action? Is it measured by achieving the perfect level of audience participation, or by how skilled and flexible the actor is? Perhaps the yardstick is how many levels the script can operate on […]

TOURING: A Doll’s House (Twist Productions & Tour-Makers)

September 9, 2019
Architecture of Happiness “You must change your life” –Rainer Maria Rilke, The Archaic Torso of Apollo It’s great to be wrong sometimes.  When I reviewed Emily Perkins’ A Doll’s House (in ATC’s production) the first time around, I found fault with the play and production. It seemed to take place in a nowhere land, despite the New Zealand references. The […]

REVIEW: School of Rock: The Musical (The Civic)

September 9, 2019
[Essential Education] As we take our seats at the Civic we are immediately transported to the smoky bars of a bygone era synonymous with rock bands. The simplistic drum kit with brick wall backdrop is a clever device that instantaneously evokes that trip down memory lane. Instead of the customary ‘turn your cell phones’ announcement as the lights dim, we […]

REVIEW: Coral (Basement Theatre)

September 6, 2019
Calling the quandaries of employment into question What responsibility do individual employees have to contribute to a better world when businesses typically are pushed to owe employees very little? Coral leans toward a gradual deconstruction of what mundane looks like in the Aotearoa business context, holding up a mirror to its audience. In a nod to the countless hours of […]

CHRISTCHURCH PREVIEW: HIVE (Arts Centre)

September 6, 2019
[A Swarm of Talent] Running 6 to 21st September is a fascinating piece of dance-theatre. Set in the ruins of the pre-quake Court Theatre foyer, HIVE is a rare opportunity to explore one of Christchurch’s most significant cultural spaces while it’s under construction. Stepping into the makeshift set for HIVE is like stepping into a liminal space, where time doesn’t […]

REVIEW: Mr Red Light (Nightsong Productions)

September 3, 2019
[Mr Red Light has got the Green Light] ‘When you’re an ant, you still have a small identity of your own…a tiny molecule of identity…. Everything is part of everything… we are no more than specs of energy in the giant passing of time’ – Ant in Mr Red Light Mr Red Light is a new, heart-warming, funny and philosophical […]