CHRISTCHURCH REVIEW: The Arsonists (Court Theatre)

August 22, 2019
Slow Burn Part of The Court Theatre’s Forge season, an alternative programme to their mainbill productions, Jacqueline Goldfinger’s The Arsonists plays like a homage to great American playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard. Described as a love letter to her father, Goldfinger’s narrative is focussed around the parental-child relationship of M (Monique Clementson) and H (Roy Snow). Their […]

REVIEW: AKL, Babel (Basement Theatre)

August 21, 2019
Hello subtext my old friend Choreographed and directed by Amber Liberte, AKL, Babel is a dance work inspired by the Tower of Babel and the rise of similar mega-structures in contemporary Auckland.  Performed by ‘workers’ Jasmine Donald, Joanna Cook, Sophie Grieg and Talia Pua, AKL, Babel is broken into three parts (‘Construction’, ‘Underbelly’ & ‘Expansion’), to show the way projects […]

REVIEW: Six Degrees of Separation (Auckland Theatre Company)

August 21, 2019
[Connect the Dots] John Guare’s 1990 play Six Degrees of Separation has helped to popularise the concept that we are all ultimately connected to one another.  The work also discusses how we often yearn to be connected to both famous and infamous individuals as a measure of the rich pageant of our lives. This critically acclaimed play has garnered numerous […]

REVIEW: PINAY (Proudly Asian Theatre)

August 19, 2019
[Writing a New Chapter] As I watch PINAY I feel like I’m being enveloped in a familiar warmth. It’s a warmth reminiscent of the comfort of a home cooked meal, or the intimacy of a well known embrace, or the rays of the afternoon summer sun kissing your skin. PINAY is a story of family relationships and identity wrapped up in […]

REVIEW: Sicko (Basement Theatre)

August 15, 2019
[Existential Crisis] A story of existential dread for the millennial set, Sicko is based around Francis (Zak Enayat), a young man who is trying to figure out his place in life. While he contemplates a new job that he has no interest in, his great Aunt Kay (Victoria Abbott) and best friend Ellie (Chye-Ling Huang) are afraid he is on the […]

REVIEW: I am Rachel Chu (Basement Theatre)

August 10, 2019
Here’s looking at you, Rachel Chu I Am Rachel Chu is a pleasure to watch. It is perfectly pitched for The Basement but has the ambition to travel further and spread the ‘crazy’ young Asian vibe that brings enjoyment, enlightenment and encouragement to anyone lucky enough to experience this fun-filled production. Taking inspiration from the book and film Crazy Rich […]

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: Read My Lips (Basement Theatre)

July 17, 2019
[These Lips are Smiling] Embers Collective have produced a wonderful second original work in Read My Lips, a devised piece which draws from stories from Auckland’s Deaf community.  Read My Lips is the bubble of laughter from best friends performing dance choreography together in the living room, it is the bowed head and slumped shoulders of sadness, it is the […]

DUNEDIN REVIEW: The Flick (Wow Productions)

July 7, 2019
[The Last Picture Show] The reputation of Annie Baker as a playwright of Chekhovian sensibilities can often overshadow the fact that she has her own distinct idiom and rhythm that taps into the banality of contemporary life. And, yes, her plays are slow but only in the sense that they are patient, unhurried miniatures. It’s this unassuming style, the very […]
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