REVIEW: Here Lies Love (Silo Theatre)

November 30, 2018
[All that Glitters is not Gold] If you’re after a fun and entertaining end-of-year night out, Silo Theatre’s production of Here Lies Love is perfect. It is based on David Byrne and Fatboy Slim’s concept album Here Lies Love, about the life of the former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos. The performances from the five divas – Villette Dasha, Colleen Davis, […]

REVIEW: WMBADx: Ideas Worth Spreading (Basement Theatre)

October 8, 2018
[Performers Worth Watching] WMBADx: Ideas Worth Spreading (WMBADx) is a perfect Basement show: a symbiosis of the weird and wonderful, with unexpected freaky twists and turns along the way. Billed as a ‘TEDesque’ experience, this show epitomises a TED Talk gone wrong in practically every way.  From the script, lighting, to the trolls, every aspect is pivotal in creating a […]

REVIEW: Sightings (Massive Company)

July 27, 2018
[Unclear Sightings] Morphing through different movements and times, Sightings is a non-linear story centred around one night out. Five young actors deliver a number of twist and turns, essentially through the eyes of Nora (Akinehi Munroe) and Chilli (Ebony Andrew). A product of a writing team comprising Miriama McDowell, Fiona Graham and Denyce Su’a, this new script is a reflection of its various […]

REVIEW: Guy Williams: I Wanna Hear what I Have to Say (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 19, 2018
[One Guy on Stage] Guy Williams is a household name that most Kiwis recognise by now, particularly being of Jono and Ben fame. His comedy career spanning almost a decade has been nothing short of impressive, making him a regular at the NZ Comedy International Festival in Auckland and Wellington. Hence expectations were high at opening night.  But for some reason we […]

REVIEW: Mrs Warren’s Profession (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 10, 2018
[Working Title] Mrs Warren’s Profession was way ahead of his time – written by George Bernard Shaw in 1893, it was initially banned for the stage, and didn’t debut until nine years later. In Auckland Theatre Company’s production, a stellar cast (headlined by Jennifer Ward-Lealand) and talented creatives (led by Director Eleanor Bishop, known for deconstructing classic dramatic texts) promised […]

REVIEW: PUSS (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 28, 2018
[Here puss, puss, puss!!!] Opening night’s show was an absolute riot even before it began.  Some silly backstage antics were embraced with open arms by the warm audience that we were sitting amongst.  And while everything went swimmingly well throughout the show, we can’t help but wonder whether an audience sans family and friends will be as receptive. However, once […]

REVIEW: Alex Williamson: So Wrong, It’s Wrong (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 28, 2018
[The King ‘Cnut’ of Comedy] Alex Williamson is crude, vulgar, perverted, sick and disgusting – perfect fodder for hilarious comedy. No holds are barred, literally. In fact, the less socially acceptable a subject is, the more likely for him to talk about it on stage. In a strange way his relaxed, laconic delivery almost sanitses this foul-mouthed show – making everything […]

REVIEW: The Naked Samoans Do Magic (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 24, 2018
[Truly Naked Magic] Although fully clothed at all times, The Naked Samoans are well and truly naked on stage in their latest show – their first together in many years.  They don’t try to hide the fact that they are novices at magic. In fact, it is their bare-all attitude that endears them to the audience. Watching people walk into […]

REVIEW: Bless the Child (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 10, 2018
[It Couldn’t Happen Here] The work of Tawata Productions is notable for showcasing topical issues. The kōrero of Bless the Child is no different. This dark, albiet vital work reveals the world that we’re part of, where our tamariki are not always protected by their whānau. Written by the acclaimed Māori writer Hone Kouka, Bless the Child shines a spotlight on this […]

REVIEW: Cool Behaviour (Auckland Fringe)

February 23, 2018
[Cool As!] It was with great trepidation that I walked down the stairs to Q’s Vault to watch Cool Behaviour. Like many in the audience, I’m sure, the questions were whirring around in my mind.  Foremost of which was, “Am I cool enough to even be here?” That ‘coolness’ is a state of being which a majority of the human […]
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