REVIEW: Night of the Queer (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2019
[One Night is Not Enough] Night of the Queer is everything you’d expect in a cabaret-style theatre show and more. Having seen last year’s NOTQ, I arrive with excitement and anticipation as the super-friendly staff usher us toward our seats. A few members of the cast, dressed in beautifully fitted one-piece bodysuits, are scattered across the floor and spontaneously dancing, […]

REVIEW: Dara (Prayas Theatre)

June 17, 2018
[Tales from the Taj Mahal] “What shall I do? I know not what I am, I am neither Christian, nor Jew, nor heathen, nor a Muslim.” — Dara Set during the Mughal Empire, India, 1659, Dara is Tanya Ronder’s adaptation of the original play written by Shahid Nadeem.  Based on true historic events, Dara recounts the fierce sibling rivalry and battle […]

REVIEW: Night of the Queer (Auckland Pride)

February 10, 2018
[Not Scared to be Seen] Night of the Queer is a cabaret-style production celebrating members of the LGBTQI community. Under the creative direction of James Luck and Rebekkah Schoonbeck, the production showcases a variety of talent from aerial acrobatics, the athleticism required for pole dancing, lip syncing, various dance styles and, my personal favourite, live singing. The set is simple […]

REVIEW: Schlunted (The Other People)

March 17, 2017
[Still Stunted] Musicals have notoriously long gestation periods. It takes a lot of chutzpah, then, to think that you can create (and stage) a musical from scratch in one hundred days. Or is that hubris? But that’s the challenge The Other People team (writer/director Adam Spedding, composer Brayden Jeffrey, producer Hadley Taylor) set themselves, and the result, Schlunted, was first […]

REVIEW: Schlunted (The Other People)

November 6, 2016
[Stunted] Writing, composing and directing a full-length musical in 100 days is no easy task. Schlunted follows a group of young twenty somethings driving off on a road trip after Fi (Sinead Fitzgerald) calls up her two high-school best friends, Hailee (Sally Brady) and Chris (Hadley R Taylor), who have both just completed their university degrees. However, this is no […]

REVIEW: Lucrece (Auckland Shakespeare Company)

October 28, 2016
[Rings True] The reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic poem, The Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare, marks the first professional production by the Auckland Shakespeare Company. By bringing dramatic visibility to the poem they demonstrate just how long rape culture has festered throughout history, another story from the extensive canon of abuse fueled by male entitlement. Shakespeare’s text is 422 years […]

REVIEW: Dexter’s Amazing African Adventure (TAPAC and Blue Baths):

July 20, 2016
[Glued to the Stage] Written by Jess Sayer, one of New Zealand’s grittiest adult playwrights, and Darlene Mohekey, the creative and musical genius The Blue Baths, Dexter’s Amazing African Adventure follows Dexter’s journey (a year after his deep sea discovery) to save the last African Black Horn Rhinoceros. It’s a simple premise with little conflict, but Sayer and Mohekey extrapolate […]

REVIEW: Love N Stuff (Prayas)

June 26, 2016
[Overstuffed] Despite sharing a similarly large cast, Prayas Theatre have done a 180 for their latest show, going from the epic novelistic scale of Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance to the more personal marital comedy of Tanika Gupta’s Love N Stuff. The play charts the tumultuous relationship between middle aged Indian couple Bindi (Sudeepta Vyas) and Mansoor (Mustaq Missouri). When […]

REVIEW: Much Adoe About Nothing (Young Auckland Shakespeare Company)

January 27, 2016
[There’s a double meaning in that!] More Shakespearean productions should do what the team behind Much Adoe do. To wit: the female roles are cast with male actors, the male roles are cast with female actors. We have the experience of watching the men take on Beatrice and Hero, roles written not for women, but for the ‘boy actors’ of […]

REVIEW: Yo Future (Barbarian Productions)

October 17, 2014
Uncertain Futurecast [by James Wenley] The Yo Future movement has been spreading across the country. First devised in Wellington in 2011, Director Jo Randerson has worked with youth from Invercargill, Hamilton, Wairarapa and asked them provocations like “What does the world look like to you?” and “what would you fight for?” to create their past, present and Yo Future. The 14 […]
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