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 […]

REVIEW: Mrs Krishnan’s Party (Indian Ink Theatre Company)

August 8, 2019
A Warm and Joyous Memory My mother and I attended Mrs Krishnan’s Party during Indian Ink Theatre Company’s September 2018 tour – the first NZ-South Asian production we had experienced together. I remember her commending the impressive production values and the talent of Kalyani Nagarajan and Justin Rogers, who play Mrs Krishnan and James. I found the show to be a […]

REVIEW: The Children (Plumb Productions)

August 3, 2019
[Uncomfortable Chuckling in an Apocalyptic Setting] Inspired by the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear explosion of 2011 in Japan, Lucy Kirkwood’s The Children first premiered in London in November 2016 and was follow by a season on Broadway in the Winter of 2017. Set in an undefined time following a nuclear disaster, the play unfolds as a barb-ridden domestic drama between a […]

REVIEW: Meera (Wild Dreamer Productions)

June 2, 2019
[An Underwhelming Spectacle] The story of Meera may not be well-known to an Auckland-based audience – a young woman who is betrothed in childhood to the mischievous Krishna, the cowherd incarnation of Vishnu in classical Vaishnav tradition. Meera then faces endless struggles in reconciling herself to others’ expectations as she progresses through life. Wild Dreamer Productions promise ‘a celebration of tender […]

REVIEW: 8 Reasonable Demands (ATC Here & Now Festival)

April 27, 2019
A sobering look at the underbelly of Auckland’s queer community In 8 Reasonable Demands, playwright Joni Nelson asks the audience to consider the extent to which we take fundamental living standards for granted. At the ASB Waterfront Theatre, six characters find their lives upended by a life-changing decision to hold the government to ransom using leverage acquired by the use […]

REVIEW: Ulster American (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 23, 2019
[Unvarnished Insight into Sanctimony] Walking into the ASB Waterfront Theatre to a packed audience, I reflect on the title of this piece – an apparent crossover between two geographies – betraying little about a story or the direction that it could go in. The stage has an elevated square performance area furnished like a posh living room, with a comfortable-looking […]

REVIEW: Fights Like a Girl (Auckland Fringe)

March 1, 2019
[A Taste of English Pup Humour in Auckland] What does it mean to be ‘woke’? Urban Dictionary leans toward the definition that involves being more aware and knowing what’s afoot in the community around you. In a tribute to the pursuit of belonging, Sajeela Khershi tells her own story of a journey to being woke in Fights Like a Girl, […]

REVIEW: Legacy Six (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2019
[Fine-tuning a much-loved project] I had the privilege of watching Legacy Project’s fifth rendition in 2018, and have some familiarity with artistic director Bruce Brown’s skill at the delicate craft of short play curation. The program declares its support for passionate and creative individuals to ‘demonstrate the power we wield when we come together to share something that is meaningful […]

REVIEW: Homos, or Everyone in America (Auckland Pride)

February 2, 2019
[Dive bombing into 21st Century Queer Relationships] In Cock by Mike Bartlett, director Shane Bosher explored the sharp edges of an intimate live-in relationship between two men. Bosher builds on this with a more focused lens in Homos, or Everyone in America by Jordan Seavey: an intense, thought-provoking production grounded in the quick-witted diatribes I’ve come to expect from Bosher’s […]

REVIEW: Violent Bloom (Basement Theatre)

October 31, 2018
[Reaching Across the Divides of Time] I walk into the familiar environs of Basement Theatre’s larger space feeling particularly absent-minded, and am pleasantly ushered through a series of recurring paper streamers into a black-box space designed to transport us to a new world while leaving all cares of ours at the door. The set (designed by Christine Urquhart and constructed […]