REVIEW: A Thousand Hills (STAMP at THE EDGE)

October 23, 2011
1,000 Reasons to see 1,000 Hills [by Sharu Delilkan] It is always a privilege and an honour to witness the premier of an original piece of theatre. But to be among the first to experience the personal sharing of a true story is even more significant. Naturally the foyer of the Herald Theatre was buzzing with eager anticipation when I […]

REVIEW: Finding Murdoch (Landmark Productions)

October 15, 2011
Murdoch Mystery de-Mystified [by Sharu Delilkan] Having previously been to The Loft’s inaugural show Venus Is, when the studio space was transformed into a raunchy bordello, it was a total contrast to be greeted by a sea of television screens on stage. However the traditional tiered seating and set with newsroom desk and chairs, along with television camera and bookcase, as well as […]

REVIEW: Love After Dark (Basement Fest)

October 5, 2011
Triple Word Score [by Sharu Delilkan] The concept of the alternate ending has always worked a treat. Many movies, especially the infamous Sliding Doors, not only had an alternate ending but an alternate history as well. It’s therefore not surprising that The Outfit Theatre Company’s latest romp Love After Dark is a winning combination right from the get-go – three […]

REVIEW: Anything Goes (Auckland Music Theatre)

October 5, 2011
When reviewing shows, anything goes… [by James Wenley] Anything Goes is currently enjoying a very successful revival at the home of musical theatre: Broadway. If you believe the hype headliner Sutton Foster is akin to the second coming, and it received the 2011 Tony Award for ‘Best Revival’. It’s a classic musical that truly earnt its ‘classic’ tag, how could […]

REVIEW: I, George Nepia

September 21, 2011
More than just ‘Invincible’ [by James Wenley] At the age of 19, George Nepia earned himself a place in Rugby history. As fullback on the All Black squad during the tour of Europe in 1924/25, he played in all 30 matches, and the All Blacks won them all. The team would be hailed as the ‘Invincibles’ and Nepia as the […]

REVIEW: Cav & Pag (NZ Opera)

September 17, 2011
Double dose delights [by Sharu Delilkan] You can’t go wrong with two for the price of one. But when both the products are not just great value but great quality, you know you’ve struck gold. In this case watching two separate but cleverly intertwined operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci more commonly referred to as Cav/Pag, is not just value for […]

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 […]
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