REVIEW: Milky Bits (The Basement)

June 15, 2016
[Vision Boards A go-go] Three friends (Chris Parker, Hayley Sproull and Leon Wadham) are lost on a windy heath. After finding each other, they declare their mutual devotion and vow to return on the anniversary of their ordeal to celebrate their enduring bond. And that about does it for plot. When I first heard the title ‘Milky Bits’, I was […]

REVIEW: Everest Untold (Auckland Live)

May 25, 2016
[Team Effort] An engrossing look at two of the men behind Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s successful ascent, Everest Untold is a multimedia production in which Sir John Hunt (Stephen Lovatt), the leader of the 1953 expedition, and George Lowe (Edwin Wright), the ‘other Kiwi’, tell the story of the team effort that went into the climb. Written by Gareth Davies and […]

REVIEW: Keep Out of my Box: Torum Heng (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 13, 2016
[Greatness Unboxed] “Torum Heng is the best.” This statement ran through my head, from the moment I sat down and noted the inverted ‘C’ in the ‘Box Office’ sign. This statement continued to run on a loop over the next hour, as Ms Heng ran through a series of characters and musical numbers so well realised and perfectly pitched that […]

REVIEW: Antony and Cleopatra (Pop-up Globe)

April 3, 2016
[Cleopatra comin’ atcha] I have not read Antony and Cleopatra in years. It was never one of my ‘go-tos’, so my knowledge of its intricacies and minor details is almost non-existent. However, even if you have not read the play, Antony and Cleopatra are not exactly obscure. Ask anyone on the street and they could tell you something about them— the […]

REVIEW: Girl You Want (The Basement)

March 25, 2016
[Emotional Highs and Lows] A one-woman show augmented by a combination of back-projection and eclectic soundtrack choices, Girl You Want is the theatre equivalent of speed-dating as writer-performer Tessa Mitchell takes the audience through her experiences growing up in the 80s. For a show with so many components, Mitchell and her collaborators deserve a lot of credit for how tight […]

REVIEW: Vladimir the Crow-Whispering Ghoul (The Basement)

February 27, 2016
[Open the Doors] ‘Some are born to sweet delight, Some born to endless night…’ — William Blake ‘Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin…’ — Jim Morrison Generally, while I watch a show, I try to get a grasp on something that I can use as a basis for my review, a hook to hang my hat so […]

REVIEW: The Loose Dick Kiddies’ Show (Auckland Pride Festival)

February 14, 2016
[Breast in Show] A Show and Tell from hell, a Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood if the neighbourhood was a porn set and Mr. Rogers was played by the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A Barney & Friends if Barney had no friends… In reviewing this show I feel like a carnival barker promoting the geek in the freak show. […]
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