REVIEW: Boys’ Life (Outfit Theatre Company)

April 14, 2011
Blokes behaving badly [by Sharu Delilkan] If you’re looking to see a show with balls Boys’ Life is definitely it. The play follows the drunken, nihilistic excesses of three American youths through their quest to embrace responsibility, seek partnership and come to a realisation of their place in the world.  Boys’ Life reminds the audience of their journey from adolescent confused […]

REVIEW: Did I Believe it? (Silo Theatre)

April 11, 2011
Why Vodka? [by James Wenley] Vodka, according to the pinnacle of human thought – Wikipedia – is “one of the world’s most popular liquors. It is composed primarily of water and ethanol with traces of impurities and flavorings. Vodka is made from fermented substances like grain.” Ho-Hum.  According to the Did I believe it? Team, Vodka is drunk by alcoholics, […]

REVIEW: Poor Boy (Auckland Theatre Company)

March 29, 2011
Oo hoo hoo hoo… [by James Wenley] Poor Boy is a song written by kiwi music royalty Tim Finn and released in 1980 on Split Enz’s True Colours album. The lyrics ‘My love is alien, I picked her up by chance / She speaks to me in ultra-high frequency’ are apparently about a ‘poor boy’ who falls in love with […]

Radio Review! ATC’s Poor Boy

March 21, 2011
My lovely theatre scenes co-reviewer Sharu Delilkan got on National Radio’s Arts on Sunday to review Auckland Theatre Company’s latest offering Poor Boy, featuring music by Tim Finn. Find out what she told Lynn Freeman about the production here. I’ll be seeing the show on Tuesday, so will have a print review for Theatre Scenes post show. I am very curious about […]

REVIEW: The Show Must Go On (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 18, 2011
Turning the tables [by Sharu Delilkan] Of all this year’s festival shows The Show Must Go On has to be the most memorable.  Not for acting, lighting, staging, music, writing, dialogue (there is none) or dance, but the real and raw effect it has on the audience. Descriptions such as ‘challenging’, ‘groundbreaking’, ‘brave’ and ‘provocative’ come to mind but I’ll […]

REVIEW: First Love (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 17, 2011
Beckett on Love [by Sharu Delilkan] We were greeted by instrumental music that immediately made me reminisce with fondness about my first love.  The stark stage with two different sized benches and the cold blue lighting contrasted the emotive background music. It’s not long before Conor Lovett enters stage right dressed in a chequered suit, hoodie and worn reddish-brown leather […]

Adieu Auckland Fringe

March 14, 2011
I hardly saw thee… [by James Wenley]  Last night the Auckland Fringe Festival closing night was partied away in exuberant style to a live Swing band, after the awards had been handed out, in the stunning Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent in Aotea Square. The Spiegeltent was a ‘loan’, of sorts, from the Mumma Auckland Arts Festival. Whereas the prestigious Arts […]

REVIEW: Standstill (Auckland Fringe)

March 14, 2011
All is revealed [by James Wenley] With the Auckland Fringe over, it is safe to talk about Standstill. The latest from The Rebel Alliance, Standstill featured a unique and risky promotional campaign. Their image said “Don’t read this” and the promotional blurb told us nothing about what the show was about, or who was in it. We were asked to […]

REVIEW: The Manganiyar Seduction (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 11, 2011
Think inside the square [by Sharu Delilkan] In the bar prior to the performance someone said “Are you ready for ‘Indian Celebrity Squares’?”. And that was exactly the structure of the musicians we were greeted with onstage, with nine musicians across by four storeys high, revealing a whole grid of musicians who were eventually collectively lit. This was the beginning […]

REVIEW: Big Story, Small Space (Auckland Fringe)

March 10, 2011
Which genius lit the world? [by Sharu Delilkan] As the audience pile into the ‘small space’ I couldn’t help thinking ‘How many more can you fit in?’.  But the constant stream keeps flowing and eventually the show’s co-writer and director Pip Smith bellows ‘I’ve added a chair at the end of that isle across the stage but can I make […]
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