REVIEW: Finding Murdoch (Landmark Productions)

October 15, 2011
Murdoch Mystery de-Mystified [by Sharu Delilkan] Having previously been to The Loft’s inaugural show Venus Is, when the studio space was transformed into a raunchy bordello, it was a total contrast to be greeted by a sea of television screens on stage. However the traditional tiered seating and set with newsroom desk and chairs, along with television camera and bookcase, as well as […]

The Basement Fest, and TheatreScenes’ 100th blog!

October 6, 2011
Time to Celebrate! [by James Wenley] There’s a lot of good performance on at the moment. Too much. How can one get to it all? Auckland theatre – you need an ‘on demand’ service. Anything Goes is at the Civic, I haven’t yet managed to get to any of the Tempo Dance Festival at Q, there’s a myriad of performances […]

REVIEW: Love After Dark (Basement Fest)

October 5, 2011
Triple Word Score [by Sharu Delilkan] The concept of the alternate ending has always worked a treat. Many movies, especially the infamous Sliding Doors, not only had an alternate ending but an alternate history as well. It’s therefore not surprising that The Outfit Theatre Company’s latest romp Love After Dark is a winning combination right from the get-go – three […]

REVIEW: Anything Goes (Auckland Music Theatre)

October 5, 2011
When reviewing shows, anything goes… [by James Wenley] Anything Goes is currently enjoying a very successful revival at the home of musical theatre: Broadway. If you believe the hype headliner Sutton Foster is akin to the second coming, and it received the 2011 Tony Award for ‘Best Revival’. It’s a classic musical that truly earnt its ‘classic’ tag, how could […]

PREVIEW: Yours Truly (Basement Fest)

September 27, 2011
Jack the Ripper finally comes to Auckland, and he’s got a knife… [by James Wenley] When I met Anders Falstie-Jensen during his lunch break from rehearsals at the Basement, he was beaming and full of enthusiasm for his latest project. The play he is directing, Yours Truly sounds like a ripper. Jack the Ripper to be precise. Written by Albert Belz, […]

INTERVIEW: James Wilson, Executive Producer at Q

September 22, 2011
Answering Q’s about Q [by Sharu Delilkan] I’ve known James Wilson for the past four years while he was Producer and General Manager at Massive Company.  So when I heard that he was taking on the role of Executive Producer at Q, I naturally wanted the lowdown. Having only joined weeks before Q’s official opening on August 26, Wilson admits […]

REVIEW: I, George Nepia

September 21, 2011
More than just ‘Invincible’ [by James Wenley] At the age of 19, George Nepia earned himself a place in Rugby history. As fullback on the All Black squad during the tour of Europe in 1924/25, he played in all 30 matches, and the All Blacks won them all. The team would be hailed as the ‘Invincibles’ and Nepia as the […]

REVIEW: Cav & Pag (NZ Opera)

September 17, 2011
Double dose delights [by Sharu Delilkan] You can’t go wrong with two for the price of one. But when both the products are not just great value but great quality, you know you’ve struck gold. In this case watching two separate but cleverly intertwined operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci more commonly referred to as Cav/Pag, is not just value for […]

REVIEW: Death by Cheerleader

September 16, 2011
Slick, sick and sexy [by James Wenley] Amy Waller, Claire Van Beek and Julia Hyde are a talented and triumphant trifecta. Starring as the Cheer Blacks in their play Death by Cheerleader, they deliver a 10/10 performance not only showcases some great acting and comedic flair, but some high energy and impressive cheerleading routines, restricted only by the height of […]

REVIEW: The First Asian AB

September 14, 2011
Try, but no conversion… [by Sharu Delilkan] Admittedly I was apprehensive about reviewing this show because rugby is definitely not my forte.  However I decided to go for it in the same spirit that the playwright of The First Asian AB (FAAB) Renee Liang chose to write the play.  But just in case I surrounded myself with the right people […]
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