REVIEW: Death by Cheerleader

September 16, 2011
Slick, sick and sexy [by James Wenley] Amy Waller, Claire Van Beek and Julia Hyde are a talented and triumphant trifecta. Starring as the Cheer Blacks in their play Death by Cheerleader, they deliver a 10/10 performance not only showcases some great acting and comedic flair, but some high energy and impressive cheerleading routines, restricted only by the height of […]

REVIEW: The First Asian AB

September 14, 2011
Try, but no conversion… [by Sharu Delilkan] Admittedly I was apprehensive about reviewing this show because rugby is definitely not my forte.  However I decided to go for it in the same spirit that the playwright of The First Asian AB (FAAB) Renee Liang chose to write the play.  But just in case I surrounded myself with the right people […]

REVIEW: The Wizard of Oz (Peach Theatre Company)

September 12, 2011
A Yellow Brick Road worth following [by James Wenley] We’re off to the see the Wizard. I’ll get you my pretties. Dorothy. Scarecrow. Lion. Tin Man. Toto. The songs, images, lines and characters from The Wizard of Oz are burned in technicolour into the memories of generations of people for over 70 years. While deviating wildly from L. Frank Baum’s 1900 original […]

REVIEW: Venus Is… (The Dust Palace)

September 11, 2011
Q’s Loft loses its virginity [by Sharu Delilkan] Everyone is familiar with the Roman goddess Venus, that’s often associated with love, beauty and fertility.  So naturally I was bracing myself for an evening brimming with decadence, desire and debauchery. And coupled with the excitement of Q’s new studio space The Loft’s first show Venus Is…, the evening promised a spicy […]

REVIEW: Raising the Titanics at Q Theatre

September 8, 2011
Raising the Titanics, Raising a Theatre  [by James Wenley] The Maori Volcanics show band in their 60s heyday were arguably our most famous exports. With members included bonafide legends Prince Tui Teka and Billy T James, they took their unique mix of song, comedy, and Maori culture around the world to the USA, Vietnam, Israel, Europe, playing to royalty and appearing […]

REVIEW: The End of the Golden Weather (Auckland Theatre Company)

September 8, 2011
Milk and Honey Dreams [by James Wenley] The End of the Golden Weather has got to be one of the great New Zealand stories. As a play, it’s endured far beyond its intended lifespan. Playwright Bruce Mason wrote it partly as a platform for himself, performing the work solo across NZ in the decades for a staggering 986 performances, until […]

REVIEW: The Only Child (Silo Theatre)

September 2, 2011
Not your classic ‘bathroom’ drama [by James Wenley] In The Only Child, actor Stephen Lovatt spends most of his time in the bath. If this sounds like taking it easy as an actor, it is anything but. From the bathtub Lovatt, naked – physically and emotionally, delivers an intense performance as a father dealing with profound loss, grief and, most […]

REVIEW: Soap the Show

August 24, 2011
Wet but definitely not Wild [by Sharu Delilkan] Anticipation is the only way to describe the atmosphere on opening night – anticipation for whether cabaret could translate to a big venue like The Civic, without losing the naughtiness and immediacy that’s the essence of cabaret. The crowd was willing and excited about the sexy and sensual show that the programme […]

REVIEW: The Factory (Kila Kokonut Krew)

August 14, 2011
Killer Kreation Knocks yer socks off [by Sharu Delilkan] The ‘Klu Kux Klan’ of Pacifica aka Kila Kokonut Krew have yet again pulled a rabbit out of the hat with another first – The Factory, New Zealand’s first Pacific Island musical. “What the hell”, I thought.  “How can it have taken until 2011 to produce a musical, with the abundance of Pacific […]

REVIEW: Calendar Girls (Auckland Theatre Company)

August 14, 2011
Tastefully titillating theatre [by Sharu Delilkan] Leaving home yesterday evening on the way to the city to watch Auckland Theatre Company’s stage production of the infamous Calendar Girls brought its own set of surprises. I innocently said to my mate who was giving me a ride to the city  “I’m going to Calendar Girls today”.  To which I got this […]
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