REVIEW: Call of the Sparrows (Proudly Asian Theatre)

October 14, 2016
[Reasons to be Proud] From their modest beginnings with productions of David Henry Hwang’s FOB and Renee Liang’s Lantern, Proudly Asian Theatre have proven themselves as a necessary presence within the local theatre scene. Developed over the last two years using Short + Sweet as a testing ground, Call of the Sparrows is the culmination of their hard work and […]

REVIEW: Nederlands Dans Theatre (The Civic)

July 1, 2016
[Towards Perfection] Let’s get one thing out of the way, even as someone who can’t claim to know much about dance, I can confidently say Nederlands Dans Theatre have created some of the best pieces of theatre you’ll see all year. The evening is made up of four distinctly different works of varying lengths (from 15 to 34 minutes): Safe […]

REVIEW: Everest Untold (Auckland Live)

May 25, 2016
[Team Effort] An engrossing look at two of the men behind Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay’s successful ascent, Everest Untold is a multimedia production in which Sir John Hunt (Stephen Lovatt), the leader of the 1953 expedition, and George Lowe (Edwin Wright), the ‘other Kiwi’, tell the story of the team effort that went into the climb. Written by Gareth Davies and […]

REVIEW: Swing (Fishamble)

September 17, 2015
Swing when you’re winning [by James Wenley] They’ve got all the moves and turned up the Irish Charm to full for Swing, an affectionate two-step from Ireland’s Fishamble about how dance can help nudge your life in the right direction. You’ve seen this story many times before. Two strangers meet at dance class and develop a connection (a local example would […]

Scene by James: Cabaret and Revolution

September 5, 2015
[by James Wenley] What happens when two Cabaret divas have the same song on their set list? Answer: let them both do it! In a quirk of programming, both Yana Alana and Camille O’Sullivan used Leonard Cohen’s ‘Anthem’ as one of their big finishing numbers. With Aussie firecracker Yana Alana costumed only with an electric blue wig and body paint […]

REVIEW: Nga Pou Wahine (Taki Rua Productions)

June 27, 2015
Mana Wahine [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] In many ways it’s hard to believe that Ngā Pou Wahine premiered two decades ago. Yes Māori theatre has moved on, gaining more and more prominence within the New Zealand theatre tapestry, however many of the themes that the play touches upon are still relevant today. Although this show is an historic […]

REVIEW: Ballet Revolución (Auckland Live)

June 18, 2015
Enjoyably engaging [by Sharu Delilkan] If you go to Ballet Revolución with your dance snob’s hat on I’d advise you not to bother. But if you’re interested in having an entertaining night out with the family Ballet Revolución is definitely the one for you. Yes I agree that their attempt to incorporate classical ballet, contemporary dance and modern hip hop […]

REVIEW: Live Live Cinema: Little Shop of Horrors (Auckland Live)

May 18, 2015
Weird and Unusual Plants do the Best Business [by James Wenley] In the previous seasons of Live Live Cinema, the soundtracks to cult B Movies Dementia 13 and Carnival of Souls were recreated live by a handful of actors, musicians lead by the masterful Leon Radojkovic and a dedicated foley artist. It would be relatively easy enough to replicate the formula for […]

REVIEW: Singin’ in the Rain (The Civic)

May 3, 2015
Cloudy, with a chance of Glorious Feeling [by James Wenley] “Raining live onstage!” shouts the poster. Play back Singin’ in the Rain’s most famous scene for a moment, Gene Kelly tap-splashing as only a man possessed by love (and a real life raging fever) can do.  If there ever was a good argument for adapting the MGM film musical for the […]

REVIEW: Nautlius – Trygve Wakenshaw (NZ International Comedy Festival 2015)

April 29, 2015
The Great Deconstructionist [by James Wenley] In the context of the Comedy Festival, one of the most subversive things you can do is take piss out of the stand-ups. 2014 Fred Award winner Trgyve Wakenshaw, through one of his many characters that makes up Nautlius, takes to this with glee. He mimes the indulgent stand-up who sticks a microphone in an audience […]
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