REVIEW: Cowboy Dreaming (Basement)

March 4, 2024

[The Ballad of Billy Bob and Bobby Bill] Pale pink and white fabric clouds hang in fluffy banks over the Basement Studio stage. On a single mattress are two, improbably still, denim-shorts-clad, cowboys. They lie on top of each other, stacked like flapjacks, with only the flashing of the silver studs on one of their belts giving the impression of […]

REVIEW: Jingle Bellethon Telethon (Basement Christmas Show)

December 19, 2023

It’s Christmas. And every day Australia steals more of our Kiwi kids. But you, kind caller, can stop this! Donate today to the Jingle Bellethon Telethon and we will send a parcel of Christmas kiwiana to remind our Kiwi kids of just what it means to be a Kiwi!  Created by Janaye Henry (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) and Bea Gladding […]

REVIEW: (m)Orpheus (NZO)

October 15, 2023

This collaboration between NZ Opera and Black Grace offers an intimate staging of Gluck’s 1769 opera Orpheus and Eurydice. The combination of Gareth Farr’s refined re-orchestration and Neil Ieremia’s guidance as both director and choreographer produces a largely accessible and compelling reimagining of the tragic Greek myth. The most striking changes in Farr’s re-orchestration is that the harpsichord and timpani […]

REVIEW: Losing Face (Matchbox 2023)

August 16, 2023

Nathan Joe’s latest play, Losing Face, successfully blends elements of sci-fi and holiday movies into a forceful and captivating study of the human heart. The project was originally developed under the title Flesh off the Boat as part of Playmarket’s Asian Ink Clinic in 2013 and the revisiting proves rewarding.  We meet Mark (Andrew Ford) on Christmas Eve as he […]

REVIEW: SandSong: Stories from the Great Sandy Desert (Auckland Arts Festival)

March 21, 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that this review contains the name of someone who has passed away. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers of the work are also warned that SandSong contains images and voices of deceased persons. A shimmering, molten backdrop – gold and red like the surface of the sun or a crucible of red […]

REVIEW: Show Ponies (Auckland Pride)

February 27, 2023

[“Just Fxcking Delicious”] Presented by Auckland Pride and Same Same But Different, and produced by Izzy, this Pride edition of Freya Daly Sadgrove’s Show Ponies is a riot of talent. This is poetry dialled to 11.  The stacked line-up features performances from Emma Barnes, Venessa Mei Crofskey, Sam Duckor-Jones, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Ruby Solly, Chris Tse, Rebecca Hawkes, Dan Goodwin, […]

REVIEW: Wheel Head (Summer at Q)

February 27, 2023

[What’s Your Bus Number?] Absurd, playful, and freshly imagined. Co Theatre Physical have once again produced an comedic and engrossing piece. Mixing physical theatre, contemporary transport woes, live music, and light audience interaction, Wheel Head, written by Beth Kayes in collaboration with Katie Burson,  is a surprising and charming 50 minutes.  We are introduced to Joanna (Katie Burson), Aucklander and […]

REVIEW: The Artist (Q Theatre)

November 10, 2022

[Endearing Muscularity]  Thom Monckton returns to Auckland with his much lauded physical theatre show The Artist for a night of bumbling comedy and impressive feats of physical strength. If you can picture what would happen if Mr Bean had trained with Cirque Du Soleil then you are on the right track.  The show follows the titular Artist (Monckton) through a […]

REVIEW: Another Universe (Basement Theatre)

October 27, 2022

[Full of Possibilities]  Part of the irresistible pull of the stage is the opportunity to slip into the skin of another, to imagine and inhabit another world before being released back into your own life. Nadia Freeman aka Miss Leading’s Another Universe self-consciously employs the stage as a space in which to explore some of the myriad of possible lives […]

REVIEW: The Wedding (Basement Theatre)

October 27, 2022

[Must See] A Fool’s Company presents The Wedding, an uproariously funny and thrilling romp. Full of twists and reveals this show will keep you guessing until the very end and laughing in delight. The premise is simple (or so it seems). Mother (Melissa Cameron) brings her son (Aaron Richardson) to a small village to marry the daughter of a distant […]

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