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WHITE ELEPHANT at Hannah Playhouse (previously Downstage)
reviewed by Deborah Eve Rea 28 Nov 2014
Mocking society and gloriously revolting
Our Bouffon-esque General (Anya Tate-Manning), Mayor (Madeline McNamara and Banker (Thomas Eason) arrive with noise, fanfare and ceremony, luring Zanni with promises of food and money in order to enslave them to carry out medial tasks. The Zanni perform plays, dance, fornicate and fight each other for the amusement and approval of the Bouffons. [more]

Photo by Jem Cresswell
SPIEGELWORLD EMPIRE at Odlins Plaza, Taranki Wharf
reviewed by Ann Hunt (The Dominion Post) 28 Nov 2014
Sexy circus wows audiences
This outrageous and hugely entertaining production combines circus, burlesque, comedy and vaudeville, all wrapped up in the beautiful wooden spiegeltent. The front seats are very close to the action which adds to the excitement and sightlines are excellent. [more]

Photo by Jem Cresswell
SPIEGELWORLD EMPIRE at Odlins Plaza, Taranki Wharf
reviewed by Lyne Pringle 28 Nov 2014
An entertaining evening unlike any other
Two themes pervade the evening: ribald lewdness and concentrated balance. The spirit of New York City is evoked with a cache of tried-and-true images such as the stars and stripes, the Statue of Liberty and the Occupy Movement to create a loose framework for the action. [more]

SHEEP at Q Loft, tickets collected at The Basement
reviewed by Matt Baker (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog) 28 Nov 2014
Es gehts
Selecting a graduation/showcase production for an acting/industry institution is not an easy task. Numbers aside, gender and the suitability of sensibilities can be a difficult jigsaw to manage. Director Ben Henson has chosen wisely by gifting The Actor's Program 2014 class with Arthur Meek's Sheep, which has been adequately expanded to its full cast size. [more]

AT THE WAKE at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald) 28 Nov 2014
Underneath hilarious comedy is concern with painful reality of relationships
The attraction of playing with fire is brilliantly displayed in a new work by Victor Rodger that lights the fuse on a volatile mixture of outrageous comedy and raw emotion. The resulting explosion has the force of a volcanic eruption that blows away the veneer of social convention to release layers of pent-up emotion and deeply embedded pain. [more]

AT THE WAKE at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Sharu Delilkan (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog) 28 Nov 2014
In the Wake of Genius
Victor Rodger’s uncanny ability to write dialogue, that’s often self-censored in real life, is both refreshing and hard-hitting, which captures our attention right from the start. And this is evident as soon as Joan (Lisa Harrow) opens her mouth. The barrage of profanities that emit her gob can only be likened to proverbial verbal diarrhoea. There’s no question that we’re in for a no-holes-barred bumpy ride like no other. [more]

SOUTHSIDE FESTIVAL 2014 - URBANESIA
SEI ‘O FAFINE at The Pumphouse
reviewed by Dr Linda Ashley 28 Nov 2014
Fragilities of family life unpicked
This is a work of light and dark, anguish and redemption, struggle and shame, and pain and heartbreak. It tells the story through the eyes of the various players. The performers are a tour de force, and each of them has a moment to shine. They are tuned in with each other in movement and voice as a highly cohesive group. They also brilliantly capture the humorous side of the lives of the sisters as they endeavour to be Tongan women and embody all the expectations of traditional cultural protocols and the associated punishments. A kung fu paper-rock-scissors battle that settles an argument and, in seeking the perfect body a round of cosmetic remedies which includes spoofs on dental, plastic and dietary treatments, are both highly amusing. [more]

LIGHT WAY OUT at The Open Stage, Hagley Community College
reviewed by Emily Napolitano 28 Nov 2014
Humour, intimacy, and wonderfully idiosyncratic choreography
Highlights include The Long And The Short Of It, Parts I and II, choreographed by Fleur de Thier. In this dance the long hair of one dancer is used dramatically as a prop, illustrating the ways we are fascinated by, idolize and yet torment those who have what we want. The object of desire gets her own back at the end, surreptitiously cutting off the hair of her imitators. [more]

AT THE WAKE at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Dione Joseph 27 Nov 2014
Finely wrought work performed with rambunctious audacity and finesse
At the Wake chronicles the sequence of events that unfurl at Olivia’s funeral. Daughter of a mouthy Scottish diva, she was knocked up by her Samoan lover at the tender age of sixteen and left to rear her baby boy on her own. Fast forward 25 years and cancer has brought the three most important people in her life into the same space as they gather together to mourn her passing. [more]

THE UNDERARM at Lawson Field Theatre
reviewed by Juliet Blakeney 27 Nov 2014
Very funny and thought-provoking
Greg Chappell really dropped the ball. Cricket is said to be a 'gentleman's game' but the Aussies well and truly proved it's "not really". The infamous underarm bowl in Melbourne demonstrated beyond doubt that when you transport a sport to the other end of the globe the gentlemanly quality becomes forgotten. [more]
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