REVIEW: Brendan Green: My Mates Dave (NZ International Comedy Festival)

May 19, 2018
[Mate!] If you’ve been paying attention to the NZ Comedy, bets are you’ve heard of Brendon Green. His list of credits is pretty impressive – he’s written for TV’s 7 days and The Project, he’s written and performed multiple stand up shows that have toured NZ and internationally, and he has also mentored upcoming young comedians in the Class Comedians […]

REVIEW: Ashton Brown: Dying to Meet You (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 29, 2018
[Death Becomes Him] Growth. That was my impression of Ashton Brown’s last show, Anxious To Meet You. In that show, Brown exposed himself in a highly autobiographical (and occasionally uncomfortable) meditation on mental illness and the importance of self-love. Well that, and stories about explosive diarrhoea, naked karaoke and irrefutable proof that powerpoint presentations are the embodiment of evil. Dying […]

REVIEW: Alex Williamson: So Wrong, It’s Wrong (NZ International Comedy Festival)

April 28, 2018
[The King ‘Cnut’ of Comedy] Alex Williamson is crude, vulgar, perverted, sick and disgusting – perfect fodder for hilarious comedy. No holds are barred, literally. In fact, the less socially acceptable a subject is, the more likely for him to talk about it on stage. In a strange way his relaxed, laconic delivery almost sanitses this foul-mouthed show – making everything […]

REVIEW: Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster (Auckland Fringe)

March 1, 2018
[Anatomy of a Biscuit] So, who did steal the cookie from the cookie jar? Proof that the worst pitches can still make great shows, John Burrows’s Judge, Jury & Cookie Monster initially comes across as a dare. ‘You wanna see a REAL Fringe show?’ Starring Kirsty Bruce, Courtney Eggleton, Lucas Haugh, Will Moffatt, Sneha Shetty, Kyle Shields and an unsuspecting […]

REVIEW: Leather Lungs: Son of a Preacher Man (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018
[Shameless] Disappointed is not a word I would ever use in synonymity with Jason Chasland. Singing is in his blood, and I challenge any member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community to not be entertained by his vocal performativity. Following last year’s Auckland Pride show Impostar: Who Does He Think He Is?, which toured to Hollywood, Chasland ups the ante with Leather […]

REVIEW: Gays in Space (Auckland Pride)

February 9, 2018
[Home-grown Homo-Futurism] If you have seen the poster for this – heck, if you read the title – you know what you are in for. Written by Thomas Sainsbury and Jason Smith, Gays in Space is the tale of a group of gay astronauts handpicked by NASA to explore the surface of Uranus. After that the plot gets really complicated, […]

REVIEW: Two Hearts: Auckland World Tour (NZ Music Theatre Company)

December 15, 2017
[Half-Hearted] Following a successful run at this year’s New Zealand Comedy Festival, Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore have brought their hit musical comedy Two Hearts back for another season. Maybe it’s a sign of my accelerating decrepitude, but for about the first half of the show I was not really feeling this one. And it has a lot to do with the […]

REVIEW: Björk: All is Full of Love (The Blackbird Ensemble)

November 10, 2017
[What the Bjork] The latest project from Blackbird Ensemble, Björk: All is Full of Love is a musical tribute that never feels like it. Featuring a revolving line-up of guest vocalists (Jessie Cassin, Anna Coddington, TEEKS and Sarah Belkner), the Ensemble have crafted a self-contained project that re-contextualises Bjork’s music around the underlying theme of the track the project is […]

REVIEW: The Effect (Fractious Tash)

August 7, 2017
[May induce euphoria and drowsiness] Creative Producer Jason Hodzelmans and Artistic Director Benjamin Henson have created a very particular brand with theatre company Fractious Tash. They’ve been called ‘innovative’, ‘imaginative’, and ‘outstanding’ – all theatrical buzzwords, but ones that are nonetheless justified. You recognise a Henson production, not because of anything expected, but because of his innate ability to create […]
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