REVIEW: Madagascar the Musical (Auckland Live)

July 12, 2021
[Move it, Groove it] Dreamworks’ Madagascar is a phenomenon – a franchise that a has netted over US$2.2 billion, entertaining kids and adults worldwide for over 15 years.  It boasts three sequels, computer games and enough merchandise to collapse the Star Wars universe. As a stage show Madagascar the Musical is clearly something that many families will want to experience, […]

REVIEW: Jersey Boys (G & T Productions)

April 21, 2021
[Oh What a Night] Oh what a night indeed… the Jersey Boys are in town and are hell bent on giving us an all-singing all-dancing extravaganza at the Civic. Deftly covering their unscrupulous upbringing and overlapping life events, Jersey Boys is narrated from each members’ unique perspective. To quote one of the Four Season’s Tommy DeVito, “…You ask four guys, you get […]

REVIEW: Fresh Choice (Tuatara Collective)

November 11, 2020
[Sweet As] This show marks the debut return to The Basement Theatre for many of the audience members, including both of us. Watching a great observational commentary on the whole Covid-19 situation is both refreshing and cathartic. Beautifully written through the eyes of four potentially downtrodden supermarket ‘essential’ workers during lockdown, Jason Te Mete’s Fresh Choice touches on a multitude […]

REVIEW: Mary Poppins (The Civic)

October 18, 2020
[Spit-Spot On] In a time where attending a live theatrical show is undoubtedly a luxury, we all filed into The Civic with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude to live in this bubble. The show began with songs that were immediately familiar to most of us.  We caught ourselves mouthing the lyrics to the songs but very soon stopped to avoid […]

REVIEW: The Book of Mormon (The Civic)

March 14, 2020
Hasa Diga Eebowai The Book of Mormon is a deliciously devilish critique belief and human frailty in our world today. The story follows two Latter-day Saints missionaries as they attempt to convert the inhabitants of a remote Ugandan village to the “true faith”. The well-meaning, and somewhat earnest young men are challenged by a lack of interest from the locals, who are preoccupied by […]

REVIEW: Les Misérables (Auckland Music Theatre)

November 12, 2019
C’est Magnifique Les Misérables at the Civic is nothing short of spectacular. So often Kiwi audiences flock to touring overseas shows, based on the premise that “it’s come from New York, London or Sydney –  it must be amazing”. Consequently, it’s thrilling and heartening to see Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables done with such flair, panache and extravagance on our […]

REVIEW: AloFA (Q Theatre)

September 24, 2019
[Family Secrets] It’s great walking into Q Theatre for the opening night of AloFA to see a more representative demographic. Q’s full house, boasting a cross section of Auckland’s growing diverse population, is a huge coup. Centre stage are two graves covered with Samoan siapo (tapa cloth), fala moe (sleeping mats), a mosquito net – complemented by the backdrop adorned […]

REVIEW: School of Rock: The Musical (The Civic)

September 9, 2019
[Essential Education] As we take our seats at the Civic we are immediately transported to the smoky bars of a bygone era synonymous with rock bands. The simplistic drum kit with brick wall backdrop is a clever device that instantaneously evokes that trip down memory lane. Instead of the customary ‘turn your cell phones’ announcement as the lights dim, we […]

REVIEW: Six Degrees of Separation (Auckland Theatre Company)

August 21, 2019
[Connect the Dots] John Guare’s 1990 play Six Degrees of Separation has helped to popularise the concept that we are all ultimately connected to one another.  The work also discusses how we often yearn to be connected to both famous and infamous individuals as a measure of the rich pageant of our lives. This critically acclaimed play has garnered numerous […]

REVIEW: I am Rachel Chu (Basement Theatre)

August 10, 2019
Here’s looking at you, Rachel Chu I Am Rachel Chu is a pleasure to watch. It is perfectly pitched for The Basement but has the ambition to travel further and spread the ‘crazy’ young Asian vibe that brings enjoyment, enlightenment and encouragement to anyone lucky enough to experience this fun-filled production. Taking inspiration from the book and film Crazy Rich […]
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