REVIEW: Dance Nation (Court Theatre)

October 14, 2023

Director Alison Walls’ version of Dance Nation by American playwright Clare Barron is the strongest work staged at the Court Theatre this season. Much of this rests on Barron’s script, which is a work of interiority in sharp focus. Headed by their stereotypically authoritarian dance teacher, a group of pre-adolescent tweens compete to win a dance competition. Over the course […]

REVIEW: Sense and Sensibility (Court Theatre)

February 22, 2023

The Court Theatre’s world premiere of Sense and Sensibility is a production of flair, noise and caricature. Whilst playwright Penny Ashton and director Hillary Moulder have a good handle on adapting the narrative dimensions of the source material, this production struggles to make any of it matter. For audience members new to Austen, this is unlikely to be an issue. […]

REVIEW: Rent (The Court Theatre)

November 22, 2022

The Court Theatre’s production of Rent by Jonathan Larson is an all-star affair both behind the curtain and on the stage. But by the time the curtain call comes, it’s clear that it’s the season of Monique Clementson & James Bell in Ōtautahi. More on them, later.  Director Lara MacGregor has her work cut out for her with Rent: though […]

REVIEW: The Māori Sidesteps (Court Theatre)

September 25, 2022

Playing at The Court Theatre, the Ōtautahi debut of The Māori Sidesteps is a contemporary evolution of the Māori showband featuring performers Erroll Anderson (Ngā Puhi), Cohen Holloway (Ngāti Toa Rangatira), Regan Taylor (Ngāti Kahungunu – Te Arawa), Jamie McCaskill (Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Rangi, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Tuwharetoa) and Jerome Leota.  The production riffs on classic songs from both Aotearoa […]