REVIEW: Ghastly Dash Grimm: A Tale of Unease (Fractious Tash)

October 30, 2014
Grimm sparks grins [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] It was impossible to ignore the writing on the wall as we walked up the stairs to the Basement Studio. A closer look revealed the actual script that had been penned by none other than Ghastly Dash Grimm: A Tale Of Unease’s writer/director Benjamin Henson. Ben Anderson’s dramatic stage design was […]

REVIEW: Earnest (Fractious Tash and Last Tapes Theatre Company)

August 29, 2014
Earnest goes Wilde [by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth] It’s interesting that The Importance of Being Earnest is often performed as a ‘straight’ interpretation, which is ironic given the gay essence of the closeted homosexual playwright’s well-known work. And to be honest a key reason I was keen to see this version was its premise of a fresh innovative take […]

REVIEW: King Lear (Summer Shakespeare)

March 4, 2013
Game of Thrones [by James Wenley] When I consider King Lear I think of the high grand tragedy, the demands of the title role and the master actors who have played him, and I conjure the harrowing image of the old man against the storm on the heath. It was pleasing to be reminded that the play begins (where it […]

REVIEW: Little Shop of Horrors (ATC)

November 5, 2012
Triffically Entertaining [by Matt Baker] Anyone who has an appreciation of ‘60s doo-wop or classic musical theatre will be entertained by ATC’s production of Little Shop of Horrors, because it is the musical talent that not only carries this show, but gives it some emotional depth and journey. While the entire creative team jointly recognises and illustrates their influences and […]

REVIEW: Alice (Outfit Theatre Company)

July 11, 2012
If this is a kid’s show, consider me a big one! [by James Wenley] Outfit Theatre Company have turned their devising smarts on Lewis Carol’s Alice in Wonderland story. I’ve never been to one of Outfit’s School Holiday shows, so was very curious to see how their upstart (and often dark) style would translate for children. As we enter TAPAC […]

REVIEW: Much Ado about Nothing (Summer Shakespeare)

March 10, 2012
Shakespeare does it again! [by James Wenley] Turns out that Much Ado about Nothing is actually much ado about quite a lot of things… In some ways a ‘greatest hits’ of Shakespeare’s devices, Much Ado’s comedy takes in bumbling authority figures, a disguised seduction, various tricks played on characters, a Shrew-like Battle of the Sexes… there’s even a sort of small boy […]

REVIEW: The Motor Camp (Auckland Theatre Company)

February 12, 2012
Bringing back the cultural cringe [by James Wenley] Like many kiwis, I joined the yearly summer exodus from the cities, and went camping over New Years. The miserable rain-drenched ‘summer’ of 2012 had little to write home about of course, but it did provide me with one memorable experience: the family holiday train-wreck. Not my own, thank goodness. Evidently, the […]

REVIEW: Tartuffe (Silo Theatre)

November 7, 2011
Tartuffe for the 3D Generation [by James Wenley] If nothing else, Tartuffe is an experience. ‘This is not museum theatre’, warns/promises Silo Theatre in their bus shelter ads around town.  I’m curious about what their definition is, because I certainly don’t feel like Auckland is ‘afflicted’ by productions of this type. Professional Shakespeare’s in period dress for example are the rare […]

REVIEW: RED (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 8, 2011
 “What do you see?” [by James Wenley] I’ve started with a quote. “What do you see?” It’s the first line of RED by John Logan (he of Gladiator and The Aviator fame) , presented by the prestigious Auckland Theatre Company, starring theatre luminary Michael Hurst and directed  by Mr. Oliver Driver. Sterling credentials all. “What do you see?” says Hurst […]

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 […]