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Latest Theatre and Performance Reviews
GOLF: A LOVE STORY at Centrepoint, Palmerston North
reviewed by John Ross 21 Apr 2015
Genial company with wildly swinging moods
Roger Hall’s enviable deftness with dialogue enables, with ease and humour, the passing on of bits of needful explanation – such as about what, in practice, ‘par’ amounts to. It also takes a deft actor to carry everything off and Stuart Devenie, in this premiere production, hits the spot with variations in his usual smile, shifting from hopefulness to genuine elation, or wry humour to stress, anxiety, desperation or outright horror. [more]


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WELLINGTON RAW COMEDY QUEST 2015 at VK's Comedy & Blues Bar, 60 Dixon St,
reviewed by Patrick Davies 21 Apr 2015
Five from 12 head to the final
The second of two semifinals in the Humurous Trust’s competition is hosted by James Nokise and features another 12 competitors. The bar is packed and humming – VK’s is quickly becoming the go-to spot for comedy. Nokise’s style is wonderfully relaxed, yet pointed: this man is as sharp as a tack. [more]


GUY WILLIAMS - YOU CAN SENSE THE DESPERATION at Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria, Wellington
reviewed by Simon Howard 20 Apr 2015
Shines best as an observational comedian
Guy Williams is a man of many talents. He has become what he likes to call a “shit-lebrity” through being a regular on popular TV3 comedy shows Jono and Ben and 7 Days, as well as co-hosting The Xtra Factor and the afternoon show on commercial radio station The Edge. Yet as a stand-up comedian, he is still something of an enigma ... [more]


THE JOURNEY OF THE BOUNDARY RIDERS at The Dark Room, Cnr Pitt and Church Street, Palmerston North
reviewed by Joy Green 19 Apr 2015
Interesting, rewarding, highly enjoyable
The culmination of Dawick's own four-year voyage of discovery, Boundary Riders explores women's place in the settling and history of Victorian New Zealand. Originally she was searching for songs written by female early settlers but when she failed to find those, she found stories and made her own songs from those to tell the adventures of six representative women ... [more]


THE KISS INSIDE at SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland
reviewed by Dione Joseph 17 Apr 2015
Shimmers rather than shines
Disruption is key to The Kiss Inside, not only in completely questioning any assumptions, preconceptions or attempts at solidifying the abstract; but more potently in laughing at the very notion of doing so. [more]

See also reviews by:
 Jenny Stevenson

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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at St James Theatre, Wellington
reviewed by Jo Hodgson 17 Apr 2015
Wonderfully entertaining; beautifully true to the original film
Right from the get go, this Lunchbox Theatrical Production is slick and full of energy. The ensemble hurry in and out during the excellently played overture setting the scene of the busy film set at the studio of Monumental Pictures. [more]

See also reviews by:
 Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post online);

MRS MCGINTY AND THE BIZARRE PLANT at Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland
reviewed by Heidi North-Bailey 17 Apr 2015
Stakes need to be higher
Freewheeling on their bicycles, Zoe and Zack wreak havoc with glee. They are then amazed to discover that Mrs McGinty has a bizarre plant that grows and grows. Not only that but it talks too, and they make friends with the plant and Mrs McGinty before the plant is taken away by botanists as it’s growing too big for the garden. [more]

See also reviews by:
 Lindsay Clark

DAFFODILS [INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS] at Meteor Theatre, Hamilton
reviewed by Mark Houlahan 16 Apr 2015
Both bring charismatic pleasure to the songs
It is a fantastic home grown antidote to the pre-processed offshore megamusical. The play tells a strong, real story through words and through the power of popular New Zealand songs. It is especially good to see this in Hamilton, as this is a Hamilton story, and the producers have worked hard with the Meteor to bring the show to us. There are not many stories that dare to take Hamilton seriously. [more]

See also reviews by:
 Stephen Austin
 Simon Wilson (MetroMag online);
 James Wenley (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog);
 Paul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald);
 Penny Dodd

THE SHOWGIRL at Gryphon, Wellington
reviewed by Maryanne Cathro 15 Apr 2015
Awesome ensemble work
It’s Harlem, NYC in 1979, a world of seedy clubs, sequinned fabrics and platform shoes. Young cop John Gonzales is asking too many questions about who shot Fontella Pendavis, star of the stage at Studio Soul. The plot twists, and twists again, like a floor of dancers doing the Brooklyn Shuffle. [more]


THE LOLLY WITCH OF MUMULAND at Mangere Arts Centre, Auckland
reviewed by Nik Smythe 12 Apr 2015
Consummate showmanship and spirited vitality
This is my first foray into Mumuland, the magical Pasifika fairy world setting for this Auckland Theatre Company production. The colourful adaptation of the classic Grimm Brothers folktale Hansel and Gretel is magical indeed; the sheer amount of energy, hilarity and music packed into one hour is simply incredible. [more]


PACIFIC SKIN at Q Theatre Loft, Auckland
reviewed by Paul Young 11 Apr 2015
Confronting, messy, mystifying and quite endearing
Foregrounding alternative values, methodologies and knowledge systems in art is important, and there is room for different approaches. Ultimately the interconnectivity of, and collaboration between cultures, communities, artists and technologies is reason enough to see this challenging show. [more]


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News
31 Mar 2015 - ARTS TO BE TRANSFERRED TO THE MINISTRY FOR PRIMARY INDUSTRIES Theatreview has discovered the Government plans to transfer oversight of the Arts and Creative Industries to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). This will apply to all arts and creative products that originate in New Zealand – i.e. where the Intellectual Property (IP) is held by New Zealanders.   [more]

28 Mar 2015 - ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD 2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED New Zealand’s dark history and violent present revealed in award-winning plays. PLAYMARKET is pleased to announce the ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD winners for 2015: Anders Falstie-Jensen for Centrepoint and Hone Kouka for Bless the Child. The Adam NZ Play Award recognises and celebrates the best in new writing for the theatre. Director of Playmarket Murray Lynch announced the win at Circa Theatre on 28 March 2015 alongside four other special award winners.   [more]

21 Mar 2015 - Binge Culture is currently in New York City on our first ever international tour. We are taking part in New Zealand New Performance Festival at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club. We want to let you know that we are live streaming our six hour durational performance Break Up [We Need to Talk] on Saturday 21 March 1.30pm-7.30pm EST/ 21 March 5:30pm-11:30pm GMT/ Sunday 22 March at 6.30am- 12.30pm NZT at our website, www.bingeculture.co.nz.   [more]

18 Mar 2015 - Celebrating our 25th year of creativity and chaos! 25th NZ Fringe Festival was celebrated Sunday 15th March with an Awards Ceremony at St Peter's on Willis Street, acknowledging the hard work, creativity and bravery of all participants - and encouraging them to push themselves and think out side the box for NZ Fringe 2016.   [more]

14 Mar 2015 - HUMOROUS ARTS TRUST (Wellington) SEEKS PART TIME ADMINISTRATOR The Humorous Arts Trust is a charitable trust helping grow and support the Wellington comedy community through workshops and regular gigs, including our open mic night Raw Meat Monday and the Wellington Raw Comedy Quest. We are bringing on board a part time administrator...   [more]

6 Mar 2015 - ADAM NZ PLAY AWARD 2015 The Adam NZ Play Award celebrates the best in new writing for the theatre. Playmarket is excited to announce the shortlisted plays and playwrights for 2015.   [more]

5 Mar 2015 - AUDITIONS IN CHRISTCHURCH FOR BOTH COURT THEATRE AND DUNEDIN’S FORTUNE THEATRE, 24 MARCH 2015 Auditions for The Court Theatre in Christchurch in conjunction with The Fortune Theatre from Dunedin will be happening at The Court Theatre on Tuesday 24 March 2015. Here's your chance to be seen by both companies. (The Fortune Theatre are also holding their own auditions on Wednesday 11 March, also in conjunction with The Court Theatre).   [more]

3 Mar 2015 - AUCKLAND FRINGE AWARDS CELEBRATE A CRACKER OF A SEASON. Running over a vibrant three weeks, Auckland Fringe and it’s participating companies and venues, have presented the city with a diverse programme of Theatre, Dance, Comedy and Music. Sadly it all came to a close on Sunday, and was celebrated at the highly anticipated 2015 Auckland Fringe Awards. Hosted by renowned taste-makers The Basement Theatre, the best of the high quality programme were recognized with awards hosted handsomely by Eli Mathewson and Hamish Parkinson.   [more]