REVIEW: Movement of the Human (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2019
[Perspective changes MOTH into a Butterfly] Movement of the Human [MOTH] presents the body in glorious movement in an enthralling and deeply atmospheric work directed by Malia Johnston in collaboration with Eden Mulholland’s composition and sound design, and Rowan Pierce’s set and AV design. MOTH’s season at Auckland Fringe Town showcases dance/movement, song, live music, and projection, and is brought […]

REVIEW: Tide Waits for No Man (Auckland Fringe)

February 22, 2019
[Treading the Imprints of Cultural Traditions] As the light slowly fades up to the sound of ocean waves breaking, a line of Chinese calligraphy is revealed stretching across the scrim that forms the backdrop to the stage. The bleeding line of ink might represent a jagged mountain range, but perhaps also a fracture or rip in the identity of the […]

REVIEW: Lovepuke (Auckland Fringe)

February 21, 2019
[Falling in and out of love (& puke)] Written by New Zealand playwright and screenwriter Duncan Sarkies (Scarfies, Two Little Boys) Lovepuke unashamedly focuses on love, sex and relationships. Premiering at BATS Theatre in 1994, this cleverly written piece of observational theatre continues to resonate as part of the 2019 Auckland Fringe. We have seen a multitude of performances where love is […]

REVIEW: I am Rachel Chu (Auckland Fringe)

February 21, 2019
[Will the real Rachel Chu please stand up?] Co-created and performed by Nathan Joe, Amanda Grace Leo, Ravi Lloyd Gurunathan and Angela Zhang, I am Rachel Chu is a parody, critical response, and humorous ‘rewrite’ of the story of Rachel Chu — the heroine from the Hollywood blockbuster and bestselling novel Crazy Rich Asians. Described as an attempt ‘to liberate […]

REVIEW: The Salem Bitch Trials (Auckland Fringe)

February 20, 2019
[Eat Your Heart Out Daniel Day-Lewis] An improvised riff on The Crucible that makes about as much sense as the historical event it is inspired by, The Salem Bitch Trials is based on the same formula as Mackenzie’s Daughters, with most of the same cast (featuring a rotating cast of 18, the opening night performance featured Alice Canton, Lana Walters, Brynley Stent, Karin McCrackin, Johanna […]

REVIEW: The Plastic Orgasm (Auckland Fringe)

March 8, 2018
[Radical Failure] The term ‘radical failure’ is used during the centrepiece of The Plastic Orgasm, a paganistic ritual that blows up the show, releasing a primal scream of questions and confusions onto the stage. The act of failure implies an attempt has been made. You can’t fail without trying. You can’t succeed without risking failure. So, to call The Plastic […]

REVIEW: Question Time Blues (Auckland Fringe)

March 8, 2018
[Delahunty’s Lament] We often talk about the personal as the political, but how often do we see the reverse? The political as personal. In Question Time Blues, former Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty takes the stage to vent about her time in and out of parliament. There’s a freshness to her presence, by sheer virtue of her being someone so […]

REVIEW: The Race (Auckland Fringe)

March 5, 2018
[A Precarious Performance] Take a walk down Queen Street and it is difficult not to notice the numerous bodies huddled on the pavement. Yet despite the very real and ‘visible’ problem of homelessness in our cities today, the complex stories and experiences of those who survive temporary, shared, or uninhabitable accommodation is often invisible from public discourse. The new production […]

REVIEW: Roots (Auckland Fringe)

March 4, 2018
[Journey to the Past and Future] New Zealand is a country with a strong migratory history, but too rarely are the stories of our Asian roots given room to breathe and grow on stage, which is one of the reasons why Proudly Asian Theatre represents an integral component to both our theatrical and cultural landscape. With only four stage productions […]

REVIEW: Wigging Out (Auckland Fringe)

March 2, 2018
[Split Ends] The conceit of two grown men dressed as female frenemies from high school is ripe for exploring, and the pun-filled potential of Ann Xiety (Hamish Russell) and Dee Pression (Tom Sainsbury) speaks for itself. You’d be forgiven for thinking Sainsbury has done a drag show before; his tendency towards camp is a natural fit for the medium. Russell’s […]
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