REVIEW: Essays in Love (Basement Theatre)

March 14, 2020
[What the Heart Knows] I’ll admit it: I’m a hopeless romantic.  It’s a quality I share with Otto (Leon Wadham), the protagonist of Essays in Love, though we differ in our preferred outlets for romantic escapism: me, a never-ending catalogue of romantic comedies; Otto, the writings of history’s most erudite philosophers.  We first meet Otto before the house lights have […]

REVIEW: Two Unlikely Heroes (Auckland Fringe)

March 6, 2020
A Break in the Space-Time Continuum There’s a portal hidden in the corner of Cupid Bar in Point Chevalier. Some might mistake it for a black tent, but it’s bigger on the inside: there’s a confetti chandelier and a large wooden trunk, a string of fairy lights, and a pedestal fan on its highest setting, trying but failing to regulate […]

REVIEW: Tampocalypse (Auckland Fringe)

March 1, 2020
[Tampax: Fury Road] Why don’t we see characters in apocalypse movies dealing with menstruation? It’s a glass-shattering insight – a detail that, once noticed, has the ability to change your view of apocalyptic media forever. It speaks to the preoccupations of the genre: spooling mythologies predicting the end of civilisation; tense reconnaissance of abandoned cityscapes; frenetic combat scenes with the […]

REVIEW: Leather Lungs: Yas Queen! (Auckland Pride)

February 6, 2020
[Queen of Q] “Do you guys like my outfit?” Jason Chasland inquires at the top of the show, swivelling so the stage lights illuminate the bejewelled patterns adorning his shoulders. There’s also a bright pink wig, an embroidered black corset, fishnet stockings, half a purple $2 Shop tutu, and a pair of staggering stiletto leather boots, accented with small red […]