REVIEW: Terry Alderton (Comedy Festival)

May 10, 2011
Be afraid, be very very afraid! [by Sharu Delilkan] I have to admit that when the usher led me to my seat, right in front of the stage, I immediately asked to swap for a seat further behind because I was not ready to be the butt of the jokes that night. I could just see the comedian for the […]

REVIEW: Mary Stuart (Auckland Theatre Company)

May 9, 2011
Two Queens, two kingdoms [by Sharu Delilkan] With the recent revelry to mark the British Royals tying their nuptials I wasn’t surprised that The Maidment Theatre’s foyer was packed to the gunnels when we arrived. But I soon realised it was because there were two sets of audiences in the house – those gearing up for the NZ International Comedy […]

REVIEW: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber

May 5, 2011
Andrew Lloyd Webber, do you think you’re what they say you are? [by James Wenley] Love him or hate him, there is no denying the massive impact that Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber has had on Musical Theatre over the last 4 decades. After all, the ‘British Invasion’ of Broadway in the 80s was almost single handedly driven by the composer. […]

REVIEW: Gavin puts things straight

May 5, 2011
Clear eye for the straight guy [by Sharu Delilkan]  It’s not often that North Shore residents get the opportunity to see a play that offers an eccentric and a somewhat exaggerated reflection of themselves.   But being a Shoresider himself playwright Andy Saker provides the perfect perspective that at times makes the audience cringe due to the harsh reality of the […]

REVIEW: Faux Real (Comedy Festival)

May 4, 2011
Are you faux real? [by Sharu Delilkan] When I arrived at the Herald Theatre I was a little disappointed with the small number of people in the foyer. “I’m early I told myself”.  But unfortunately that didn’t change as we filed into the venue to take our seats. I actually counted 35 people in total, including me and my husband, […]

REVIEW: Mike & Virginia (Comedy Festival)

May 4, 2011
When Mike met Virginia [by Sharu Delilkan] Everyone knows When Harry Met Sally so when the show opens using the movie as an example of a romantic comedy (or a romcom) it sets the stage perfectly for what’s to come. Mike & Virginia is written by veteran screenwriters Kathryn Burnett & Nick Ward, who are making their debut into the […]

REVIEWS: ‘Space Race’, ‘I am a Yeti’ and the funny play (Comedy Festival)

May 3, 2011
There’s something happening in Auckland right now, and it’s hilarious. [by James Wenley]  And I’m not talking about the Comedy Festival proper. We Aucklanders have known this is hilarious for a number of years now. Auckland’s stand-up comic fraternity (anyone who has ever appeared on 7 Days, ever) have been on a renaissance roll for a while.  No, I’m talking […]

REVIEW: Polly Hood In Mumuland

April 17, 2011
Mumuland mesmerises Mangere [by Sharu Delilkan] It was an evening of firsts for me.  From experiencing a performance at the Mangere Arts Centre theatre for the first time, to seeing a Pacific Island flavoured musical extravaganza led by Goretti Chadwick, making her directorial debut. Another first was also the collaboration between Auckland Theatre Company and the Pacific Institute of Performing […]

REVIEW: Flightless Birds (Catalyst Theatre Company)

April 15, 2011
These Kiwis can Fly! [by James Wenley] Flightless Birds – clever name. It’s a new play from Catalyst Theatre Company that follows three mates (and a female intruder) on the night before they are all meant to fly off to Europe for their big OE. Ah, the OE. The quintessential rite of passage for all self-respecting New Zealanders. As Simon (Colin […]

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 […]
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