REVIEW: I Get So Emotional Baby (Basement Theatre)

October 13, 2022

[Raspberry sauce with a side of body horror] Jessie McCall’s latest choreographic offering I Get So Emotional Baby demonstrates the inexhaustible vocabulary of the human form. Palpable female emotion collides with references to the male gaze in an engrossing and stimulating work.  The movement focused I Get So Emotional Baby offers a tightly woven series of images and motifs pertaining […]

REVIEW: Access (Auckland Fringe)

September 9, 2022

[Experiment in Empathy]  Access is an interactive, durational art performance presented by Hamish Annan.  Created in collaboration with Katie Burson and Rob Byrne the piece invites the audience to both witness and experience an array of emotions.   The piece is formed from a few simple elements: two chairs are set facing each other from opposite ends of a rectangle marked […]

REVIEW: We’ve Got So Much To Talk About (Basement Theatre)

August 18, 2022

[Release the Soundtrack] Created by Sally Stockwell with direction from Julia Harvie, We’ve Got So Much To Talk About is a defiant cry, is catharsis, is a manifesto, is a release.  Billed as a ‘theatre-gig’, We’ve Got So Much To Talk About explores Stockwell’s life and career through a mixture of explosive songs, colliding images of motherhood, and intimate stories.  […]

REVIEW: Chrome Dome and Schizo (Basement Theatre)

August 18, 2022

In the words of playwright Dan Goodwin, Chrome Dome and Schizo offers “experiences of delusion shown in a hopeful way”. The play offers a kaleidoscopic vision of schizophrenia, love, and the frustrations of navigating a hostile health system. The forms of memory play and poetry intertwine to create a shifting and at times ambiguous narrative, at the centre of which […]

REVIEW: The Judas Sheep (Basement Theatre)

May 26, 2022

[Come for Candy, Stay to be Compelled] It is often considered unwise for an actor to share the stage with a child or a dog, as these smaller, less-inhibited performers tend to possess an almost magnetic draw upon an audience’s attention. To this company Emily Hurley’s explosive work The Judas Sheep adds a third guaranteed scene stealer- the titular articulated […]

REVIEW: Break Bread (Silo Theatre)

December 2, 2021

[Knead to See it] I will take a basic understanding of the condition of theatre in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland as a given in discussing Silo Theatre’s enrapturing latest offering Break Bread.  (If you are not aware of the difficulties posed by the on-going lockdowns and now by the fast approaching traffic-light system to the theatre community in Aotearoa I suggest […]

REVIEW: Yang/Young/杨 (Auckland Theatre Company)

July 26, 2021

[More than a Youth Show] In 2019 I wrote a review which included a meme that intimated that the ATC youth shows excite me more as an audience member than much of what appears in the main programme. Now in 2021 ATC, with the support of Proudly Asian Theatre (PAT), offers Yang/Young/杨 as part of the Here and Now season […]

REVIEW: Faith Healer (Plumb Productions)

April 12, 2021

[Irish Blessing] This production of Faith Healer, directed by Paul Gittins, marries a masterpiece of playwriting with the mastery of three accomplished actors.   I have read enough works from Irish playwrights to associate Irish drama with cloying hopelessness (looking at you Marina Carr in particular). I briefly hoped, though, that Faith Healer by Brian Friel would be an exception. I had […]

REVIEW: Scientists Teach an A.I. about Humanity (Auckland Fringe)

February 25, 2021

[A.I. Acting Up] Highly interactive and deeply irreverent, Scientists Teach An A.I. About Humanity: A Sci-Fi Comedy offers a much needed evening of shared laughter and ridiculousness. Writers and performers John Donnan, Patrick Shanahan, and Natasa Popovic, deliver their show in the form of a ‘scientific symposium’. The symposium is hosted by the ‘professors’ Donnan, Shanahan, and Popovic who stage […]

REVIEW: Le Basement XXXmas Cabaret (Basement Theatre)

November 23, 2020

[Who’s Stuffing Your Stocking This Christmas?] It’s a Christmas miracle, and the one the world (or Aotearoa) needed. This year there is extra emotion in the festivities that are the Basement’s Annual Christmas Show. We have much to celebrate and be thankful for. Sitting in a room pressed up against happy, drunken, theatre goers feels positively illegal and the excitement […]

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