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 […]

REVIEW: The Pianist (Auckland Live)

April 12, 2015

Bravura Recital [by Amanda Leo] As a child, my parents very occasionally took me to the circus as a type of rare treat, which has resulted in much anticipation when going to watch any type of circus  act in my adult life. My anticipation of a night full of magic wasn’t disappointed as I arrived at the foyer of the Hearld […]

REVIEW: Away from Home (Auckland Fringe and Auckland Pride Festival)

February 18, 2015

Fever Pitch [by Tim Booth and Sharu Delilkan] Kyle: Who’re ya? Who’re ya? Who’re ya? So goes the football terrace chant setting Away from Home‘s pace and rhythms – a crisp production featuring Rob Ward‘s striking performance; fast-paced writing – tackling acceptance, isolation, love, rejection and poignantly unexpected acceptance. Delivered by Ward with co-writer/ designer/director Martin Jameson. The initial similarity […]

REVIEW: Pure and Deep (Auckland Live)

November 17, 2014

Successful Sequel [by Matt Baker] Breathing and listening. They’re key components to acting, and they feature in Toa Fraser’s direction and latest script, Pure and Deep. Even for those who haven’t seen Fraser’s first full-length play, Bare, the nostalgia embedded in this, its sequel, along with performers Ian Hughes’ and Mia Blake’s trust and familiarity is enough to sense the successful […]

REVIEW: Last Chance Cafe (The Hobson Street Theatre Company)

October 30, 2014

Give them another [by Matt Baker] The Hobson Street Theatre Company has something significant on their hands: real people with real stories. Founded four and a half years ago, it began as an activity on offer at the mission, eventually developing into a legitimate theatre company, and its company is legitimately developing. The central conflict for drama is there, a classic […]

REVIEW: Deans, Ward-Lealand and Rizo at The Auckland International Cabaret Season

June 6, 2014

Music and Sequins  [by James Wenley] “Jubilation heartache and everything in between. Here are your tickets. It’s almost showtime”. My branded ticket pouch seems to hold even greater anticipation than I as I head into the Town Hall Concert Chamber for the International Cabaret Season. And I had a great deal of anticipation. With the colourful squiggles beloved my logo […]

REVIEW: Shadowland (Pilobolus)

June 4, 2014

Out of the Shadows  [by James Wenley] My immediate response to Shadowland is an eerie chill: disembodied clothes – two dresses and  a suit – dangle from The Civic stage,  giving the feeling that I’d walked in on a hanging in which the bodies had decomposed long ago. This grim reading was not something I’d expected from the “enchanting tale” […]

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