REVIEW: One by One (Auckland Fringe)

February 27, 2013
Strength in numbers [by Matt Baker] Two people meet at a particular place at a particular time, and things are irreversibly changed. This is, arguably, a primary necessity for dramatic action, and it is the premise of Lab Theatre’s production of One by One. Director Pedro Ilgenfritz has clearly attained a wealth of knowledge regarding theatre during his 20-year career. A […]

PREVIEW: The Pride (Silo)

August 8, 2012
A matter of pride [by Sharu Delilkan] A heterosexual woman at the helm of a thrilling contemporary narrative predominantly focussed on the gay issues could have been a point of concern. But nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Sophie Roberts‘ role as director for The Pride. Her history of working on productions with gay themes […]

REVIEW: Richard Meros Salutes the Southern Man (Comedy Festival)

May 18, 2012
Politically Aware and Intelligent Humour, now with Bonus FlyBuy Points! [by Rosabel Tan] These are tough times. There’s the global financial crisis. Climate change.  John Key. And Richard Meros, once a leading academic specialising in Helen Clark’s specific niche – can no longer earn a living. And so he turns to the world for a solution, and finds it in […]

REVIEW: Idiots of Ants (Comedy Festival)

April 29, 2012
Idiots or Savants? [by Sharu Delilkan] Entering the Herald Theatre greeted by four slightly dodgy war film characters it was great to see that the British obsession with the World Wars, (2-0), was still alive and kicking. This of course soon descended into the chaos and confusion that we expect from a show like Idiots for Ants. Having already been […]

REVIEW: The Last Five Years (Last Tapes)

March 4, 2012
A show to fall in, and out of love.. [by James Wenley] In the middle of Musical The Last Five Years, Jamie and Cathy pledge their loves and their lives in the song The Next Ten Minutes, which  features both a tender proposal (“Will you share your life with me / For the next ten minutes? / …. And if […]

Theatre XMAS Madness!! A Criminal Christmas & A Krazy Kristmas

December 9, 2011
These shows won’t last, buy your ticket today! [by James Wenley] Turns out Xmas is a lot like the Rugby World Cup, whether you’re into it or not, you simply can’t avoid it – its everywhere. Xmas trees and tinsels have sprouted up everywhere. All I want for Christmas is you is on repeat. A GIANT Xmas Tree bauble has […]

Musing about ‘I love you bro’ (Silo Theatre)

August 9, 2011
A/S/L? [by James Wenley] One of the oldest forms of human communication meets one of its newest in I love you bro. And they aren’t much different at all. Silo Theatre’s current offering launches its ‘Second Cousin’ brand where they can “muck around with conventions to create work which is decidedly new and unlike anything you’ll see in our mainbill […]

REVIEW: Short+Sweet Theatre Festival – Week 2, Top 20

July 15, 2011
Even Sweeter… [by James Wenley] The second week of Short+Sweet lives life firmly on the theatrical side. After noting that I hoped for a more diverse program of plays in my review of Week One, it was certainly delivered this week. These plays on the whole were not only different thematically to each other, many were also ballsy, thrilling, seat-wettingly […]

REVIEW: Short+Sweet Theatre Festival – Week 1, Top 20

July 8, 2011
Sweetness in Shortness [by James Wenley] I reckon the art of a good 10-minute play is a decidedly tricky one. Whether it leaves you laughing or with something more to think about, within those 600 seconds it generally has to traverse the entire three act structure from inciting incident to satisfying conclusion. The Short+Sweet festival, compromising of very strictly determined 10-minute […]

REVIEW: Kevin: The Musical (Comedy Festival)

May 11, 2011
The New Zealand Musical will never be the same again [by James Wenley] As Steve Wrigley observes, musicals aren’t considered very manly in New Zealand culture. It takes balls (suitably tightened to hit the high notes) then to trade in his tried and true stand-up comic routines for a camp, highly theatrical stage show called ‘Kevin:  The Musical’*. Kevin: The […]
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