REVIEW: Live at Six (Show Pony)

November 14, 2013

Not the Six O’Clock News… but close enough [by James Wenley] Recall when Judy “Mother of the Nation” Bailey had to read the auto-cue about herself on the six o’clock news when her pay packet became a top news story? That’s one way to respond when the newsreaders become the newsmakers: continue on as normal. Now imagine if Judy Bailey had […]

REVIEW: Rudali the Mourner (Prayas)

October 21, 2013

Shared Tears  [by James Wenley] Tragedy hovers over low-caste Sanichari. She has lost her husband, and as her play begins, her son lies painfully weak and in an agony of coughing. She will lose much more as the play continues: the characters that surround her – her blind mother, he daughter-in-law, and her young grandson – will too depart for […]

REVIEW: Wicked (The Civic) [The Ozmapolitan Edition]

September 23, 2013

The Emerald City in Auckland City [by James Wenley] Theatre Scenes Reviewers Sharu Delilkan and James Wenley both went to opening night of Wicked. This was James’s fourth time at Wicked. He saw the Australian Cast in Sydney twice in late 2009, thrashed the Broadway cast recording, and saw the London West End production in June this year. He writes […]

REVIEW: Wicked (The Civic) [The Girl from Kansas Edition]

September 23, 2013

A Wicked Night Out [by Sharu Delilkan] Theatre Scenes Reviewers Sharu Delilkan and James Wenley both went to opening night of Wicked. This was the first time Sharu has seen Wicked, and she writes as a Wicked first-timer, a girl from Kansas on her first trip to Oz. We knew we were in for an awesome spectacle as we approached […]

REVIEW: Short+Sweet Song (Short+Sweet Festival 2013)

June 12, 2013

Play it Again, Song [by James Wenley] Short+Sweet Song is even shorter than the other editions. While the odd 10minute Musical Theatre piece has popped up in Auckland’s Short+Sweet Theatre Festival (including the initial version of hilarious Bombs Away), this year musically inspired theatre get their own category and week, and on opening night five 10 minute works made up […]

REVIEW: I Wish I Learned: A New Musical

May 20, 2013

Some things you can’t learn in school [by Matt Baker] Composer, lyricist, and musical director Vicki Millar has a Masters Degree in Musical Theatre (specialising in Writing), so I am surprised that I Wish I Learned came across as such a primary level production. The story is devoid of plot and is instead driven by the characters, who, by themselves, are […]

REVIEW: Madame Butterfly (NZ Opera)

April 19, 2013

Colourful Culture Clash [by Sharu Delilkan] We were welcomed to the opening night of Madame Butterfly by The Edge’s Director Robbie Macrae, billed as the grand opening of the newly refurbished ASB Theatre with improved decor and acoustics. Having seen Madame Butterfly more than a decade before in Hong Kong we were intrigued to see how an American-Asian love story […]

NEWS: War Horse in Auckland

November 21, 2012

Charge!!! – National Theatre’s War Horse coming to Auckland in 2013 [by James Wenley] UPDATE 7 May 2013: Poor Joey! War Horse is no longer coming to Auckland on its Australasian tour. Producers have blamed the cancellation of the August Season on ” high costs, a competitive market, sluggish ticket sales and even a long summer.” The citing of  a “competitive […]

REVIEW: Mary Poppins (The Civic)

October 22, 2012

A liberal dose of Sugar helps the spectacle go down [by James Wenley] Mary Poppins got the Disneyified film to stage treatment in 2004, joining such properties as Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King. It’s a big, big business – 6.5 million people have seen Poppins on  stage, and it’s made over $470 million. Four productions play around […]

REVIEW: The Sex Show (Outfit Theatre Company)

October 8, 2012

Pink, Wet, Complicated [by Rosabel Tan] When I tell a guy at work I’m going to The Sex Show, he laughs. “You’re not,” he says. He pauses. “You are.” “I am.” He looks disappointed and mildly confused. “Do you want to come?” “Not really,” he screws up his nose. “Maybe.” It’s an interesting reaction and there are plenty more to come, […]

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