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GASLIGHT at Gryphon
reviewed by Shannon Friday 2 Oct 2014
Victorian manners impede engagement
Patrick Hamilton’s Gaslight premiered in 1938, and actually spawned the term ‘gaslighting’, meaning to mentally torture someone by convincing them they can’t trust their own perceptions. And with that, we have our first spoiler, because that is basically the plot of the show. [more]

The Body Festival 2014
IN FLAGRANTE at Mashina Lounge, Christchurch Casino
reviewed by Emily Napolitano 2 Oct 2014
Tableaux that mix femme fatale with fetish
Humorous and raunchy, elegant and sophisticated, In Flagrante is sleek and provocative ‘erotica noir.’ All five dancers display exceptional technique with beautifully executed contemporary and jazz dancing. Strong use of choreographic elements supports and enhances the themes within each piece, while distinctive movements are carried throughout the show. Minimal, often stark, costuming allows the dancers and their subject matter to take centre stage. [more]

GO SOLO 2014 GROUP A at Te Whaea - SEEyD Space, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown
reviewed by Lena Fransham 2 Oct 2014
Impressive devising and characterisation, and some startling originality
Go Solo’s first group of shows – ‘Group A’ – is a set of four twenty minute pieces presented end-to-end in the Spartan ‘SEEyD’ performance space at Te Whaea. [more]

GO SOLO 2014 GROUP B at Te Whaea - SEEyD Space, 11 Hutchison Rd, Newtown
reviewed by Lena Fransham 2 Oct 2014
Daring, layered and subtle
The second group to strut their stuff at Toi Whakaari in this season of Go Solo confirms the quality talent coming out of the place. [more]

Photo by Mitchell Botting
WE WERE ALWAYS WATCHING at Meteor Theatre
reviewed by Brenda Rae Kidd 1 Oct 2014
Timely satire
First – may I say - I love Antony Aiono (pictured)! Why is there not more about this multi-talented actor in the media? The man can sing, is funny as a twit and can pull out the tears when he needs too. Fantastic stuff. This play is worth catching if only to see Aiono himself. A collaborative effort, We Were Always Watching is a satire, bringing attention to events and issues which should gravely concern us all. [more]

GOD-BELLY at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 1 Oct 2014
Refreshing intelligence, insight and physicality
Visceral, physical and very watchable, God-Belly parallels obsessive quests for perfection, manifested through eating disorders, in two very different eras and contexts: ancient and modern. [more]

The Body Festival 2014
THE MOVIE STAR at NASDA Theatre, E Block, CPIT
reviewed by Erin Harrington 1 Oct 2014
Bumbler seeks cinematic mojo
The component parts of the show are mostly strong but the overall narrative conceit and some of the tricks need further development, and I came away a bit confused as to the overall intention of the piece. By the end of The Movie Star I can certainly see where it is all heading: the nervous, shy actor’s search for a voice, both literal and figurative, leads him through various genres and emotional states (and, perhaps, auditions?) before he finally finds a meaningful (and quite silly) cinematic raison d’être. It’s certainly a strong concept. [more]

TOIA at NASDA Theatre, E Block, CPIT
reviewed by Jess Probert 1 Oct 2014
An intimate and captivating story
A standout moment being what seemed to be part of a dream that the two of them shared. All four dancers sit down on the floor, very relaxed, and close their eyes. The lighting changes from a very natural daylight feeling to a slightly ethereal blue, a dancer rises slowly and begins to move around the stage using light footed jumps and turns, looking to the sky and using hand gestures that imitate plucking stars from the sky. Another dancers rises and takes her by the hand and tries to pull her down as if she is frightened that she will get caught. Eventually, both of the dancers are moving around the space together, smiling and laughing as if this is what they are longing for; the freedom to be together and dance among the stars. [more]

EVERYTHING IS SURROUNDED BY WATER at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 1 Oct 2014
Prosaic yet epic and poetic; dark yet light; exquisite
Though names and places have been changed “to protect the innocent” and he ventures into ‘magic realism’, there is no doubting the authenticity of his subjective experience. And the way he tells it brings it vividly alive in our imaginations: still the best ‘special effect’ theatre has to offer. [more]

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington
reviewed by Lindsay Clark 1 Oct 2014
Simple fun with lashings of song and dance
Well-loved nursery tales these days often morph into something unrecognisable, but this re-telling of the inquisitive little blondie finds a happy balance. There is sufficient embellishment in the additional personae of Puss in Boots and Humpty Dumpty to give a bit of a back story ... [more]
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