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: Short+Sweet Theatre Week 1 (Short+Sweet Festival 2013)

June 19, 2013
Sweet As…[by Sharu Delilkan] And so we’re off again for two weeks packed with 10-minute theatre snippets for “the easily distracted”, as advertised in the pre-publicity. It is great to see that Short+Sweet Theatre as a festival is finally become a regular date in the theatregoing public’s calendar. I’ve been personally going to this festival for the past three years […]

REVIEW: Anne Boleyn (Auckland Theatre Company)

June 16, 2013
The Other Woman [by James Wenley] Boleyn comes encumbered by reputation. She’s called a great deal many things through the course of the play: “the harlot queen”, “intolerable woman”, “witch”, “the whore”. She’s arguably subject to one of history’s great hatchet jobs, the dangerous female who bewitched a King and tore England asunder. For his 2010 drama, Howard Brenton recasts […]

REVIEW: K’Rd Strip – A Place to Stand (Okareka Dance Company)

June 13, 2013
Standing Up for K’Rd [by Sharu Delilkan] The standing ovation for this piece was very well deserved. Often you feel manipulated into standing up on opening night but not this time. The sheer amount of storytelling, dance, singing and humour on display tonight was very fulfilling and you could see how much thought, talent and sheer hard work had gone […]

REVIEW: F*ck Love (The Basement)

June 12, 2013
F*ck yeah [by Matt Baker] Written and directed by Sarah Graham, F*ck Love revolves around the lives of three twenty-something women in Auckland, each succumbing to and working their way through the effects of love. The play gets a passing grade on the Bechdel test, mainly because the love it explores is not only that between men and women, but […]

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: With a Stranger (The Dust Palace)

June 9, 2013
An Aerial Extravaganza [by Sharu Delilkan] Arriving at TAPAC, which was dimly lit like a darkened bordello really helped set the tone for the evening from the get-go. This equally mysterious ambience was mirrored when you entered the theatre, adding to the excitement of what would ensue. We have seen a number of circus cabaret shows in the last couple […]

REVIEW: No Holds Bard (Royale Productions)

June 5, 2013
Hurst’s a Bardarse [by Sharu Delilkan] Aptly described as an outrageous and often profound look into one actor’s attempt at self-destruction, No Holds Bard definitely promises what it delivers…and more. This original compilation of numerous Shakespearean excerpts woven together from the likes of Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth and Othello is a great way to showcase Michael Hurst’s mastery of the […]