REVIEW: The Pitchfork Disney (The Moving Theatre Company)

June 21, 2013
Well pitched [by Matt Baker] It’s taken Todd Emerson seven years to mount The Pitchfork Disney, and it’s easy to see why the play stuck with him after his initial reading of it. Premiering in England in 1991, the play is considered a first in the arrival of the “in-yer-face” generation of playwrights, including Mark Ravenhill, Sarah Kane, and Anthony […]

REVIEW: Chop/Stick (Chairman Meow)

November 22, 2012
A variety meal [by Matt Baker] From the Chinese lanterns that adorn the Basement Studio stairwell to the Beckoning Cat and incense in the hallway, Chop/Stick, presented by Chairman Meow Productions, immediately sets the tone for an overall theatrical experience. What makes it noteworthy is that it does not only set an ethnic specific tone, but generates an atmosphere that resonates […]

REVIEW: 13 (The Actors’ Program)

November 9, 2012
Challenge Accepted [by James Wenley] I got a sneak preview of 13 when I went to the shows at the upstairs Basement Studio the night before. A cacophony of shouts and screams impossible to ignore rose from the floorboards below. Whatever was happening downstairs, it sounded explosive. 13 is an audacious choice of play for The Actors’ Program graduation showcase: […]

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: The End of the Golden Weather (Auckland Theatre Company)

September 8, 2011
Milk and Honey Dreams [by James Wenley] The End of the Golden Weather has got to be one of the great New Zealand stories. As a play, it’s endured far beyond its intended lifespan. Playwright Bruce Mason wrote it partly as a platform for himself, performing the work solo across NZ in the decades for a staggering 986 performances, until […]

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 […]

INTERVIEW: Tim Carlsen on One Day Moko and more

June 13, 2011
Remember this name [by James Wenley] You might not know who Tim Carlsen is yet, but by the end of the year Auckland Theatregoers will certainly be able to put a face to the name. The second half of the year is a big one for the 2009 Toi Whakaari Acting graduate, as he not only brings his solo theatre creation ‘One […]
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