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DUST PALACE: WITH A STRANGER at Theatre Royal
reviewed by Gail Tresidder 23 Jul 2014
Amazing – but why keep so much secret?
A programme, a programme, my kingdom for a programme – please, Dust Palace, allow for those amongst the audience who wish to know the names of the cast, what the music was and some hint towards what is doubtless a deep and meaningful evocation of life, love and the whole darn thing! [more]

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Circa One
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post) 22 Jul 2014
Sterling acting in opera-like drama
It comes as no surprise to learn that A View from the Bridge has been made into an opera twice and that Arthur Miller himself wrote the libretto for the 1999 version. The dramatic final scene of the play has all the ingredients except music of a thrilling operatic finale. [more]

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Circa One
reviewed by John Smythe 21 Jul 2014
The corrosive effects of passions denied
Everything depends on our being convinced that Eddie Carbone is a hard-working loving husband and uncle – truly loved by his wife and niece – whose inability to acknowledge and understand the passions that curdle his guts, let alone take responsibility for them, set the course for the tragic outcome. Gavin Rutherford embodies the role utterly in a profoundly complex and riveting performance. [more]

WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT at Westpoint Performing Arts Centre
reviewed by Bronwyn Elsmore 20 Jul 2014
A little more flossing and rinsing required?
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Arthur. Arthur who? Arthur jokes likely to be funny if there’s no crudity? That’s what I’ve come to find out. The debut show of Wash Your Mouth Out bills itself as a night of stand-up comedy focussing entirely on clean humour ... [more]

ACHE at Court Theatre Pub Charity Studio
reviewed by Lindsay Clark 20 Jul 2014
Style and a dash of vinegar to relish
It is no surprise to read that this neatly crafted romantic comedy won the 2012 Pumphouse Theatre Award for an Auckland playwright in its fledgling stage, before the workshopping and public reading processes which brought it to the current premier production. Its roots are in middle class contemporary urban culture, where bright young professionals can get away with indecision and 'malaise' before the realities of life put the nips in. [more]

PŪTŌRINO HILL at Q Theatre, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 20 Jul 2014
A profound work of considerable theatrical dexterity
Te Kohe Tuhaka’s excellent production of Chris Malloy’s stunning new play Pūtōrino Hill further enriches the legacy of Taki Rua and provides us with a magnificent example of what a top quality theatre experience should be. From the moment we enter the Q Theatre Loft to the instant I nick five grapes from the table of kai in the foyer before descending the stairs to a freezing Queen Street, I am in another world, a world of mystery, enigma, anger and enchantment. [more]

YE JO HAI ZINDAGI – AN INVISIBLE LOVE at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Rahul Gandhi 20 Jul 2014
Pioneering with well deserved pride
The festive spirit is palpable as a community gathers around the Herald theatre in Aotea Square, weathering a cold and wet night in stark contrast to their spirits, which aren’t dampened in the least. Familiar faces beam at each other, obviously excited of staging a show in their vernacular tongue. [more]

BORN BEFORE ’74 at Gryphon
reviewed by Jo Hodgson 19 Jul 2014
Short and sweet nostalgic cabaret
Born before 74 endeavours to capture the spirit of the music and life of the (mostly) 60s and 70s. The show is made up of amusing pastiches from these eras delivered by glitzy Constance Craving. Emma Kinane comically supports her with witty repartee of facts for our age groups ... [more]

KISS THE FISH at Municipal Theatre
reviewed by Karen Beaumont 19 Jul 2014
Vivid
“Great fun,” “entertaining,” “clever” are just some of the comments to be heard on leaving the theatre. The audience are abuzz, having thanked the performers with enthusiastic applause, foot stomping and a few standing ovations. While I can agree with many of these sentiments, there are elements of the performance that, for me, are not quite so “cool.” [more]

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Young and Hungry 20th Anniversary Festival of New Theatre 2014
OUR PARENTS’ CHILDREN at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 19 Jul 2014
The good bits are excellent
Alex Lodge’s Sci-fi ‘gothic fairytale’, Our Parents’ Children, set in the very near future, pairs Mary (Angel Faifai) with her Skype-buddy Joe (Kelly Moen) from the USA’s Bible Belt. Whereas under-parented Mary’s mother has left and her workaholic father, John (Owen Baxendale) only comes home to slug a whisky and take to his study, over-parented Joe has been brought up in a crushingly Christian community. [more]
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