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ROYALS OF KIHIKIHI at Q Theatre, The Vault
reviewed by Johnny Givins 17 Sep 2014
Entertaining and insightful
Royals of Kihikihi is a wonderfully vicious Kiwi production that is filled with surprises, great one liners and lots of laughs. It holds the mirror up to families in small town NZ, reflecting all our contradictions suffering, pain and need for love. A remarkable piece of theatre, it reveals layer by layer, with truth and humour, the damaged lives of three adult children. It is set after the funeral of Maggie Royal, the town drunk. Her children return to their mum’s home after long absences. [more]

MIS{S}CONCEPTION at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 17 Sep 2014
Entertaining and informative
Lively, insightful, informative ‘theatre-in-education’ for adults, Mis{s}Conception has come a long way since its development season in the Fringe. Not that its primary purpose is didactic. It’s more about sharing the experience of a woman attempting to conceive through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), comparing and contrasting it with other women who range from hyper-empathetic to downright insensitive. [more]

WILD BEES at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Cherie Moore 17 Sep 2014
Grounded in truth
Set in a conference room in Wellington, Wild Bees tell the story of an employees’ union in the early 90s taking on their company to negotiate a new contract – one that is fair for everyone. With the upcoming election so close, it is the perfect time to be staging a political work, and to look at poignant political moments from New Zealand’s past. [more]

WILD BEES at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by James Wenley (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog) 17 Sep 2014
Political Swarm from Elections Past
It’s the final week for the left and the right to duke it out in the election campaign. If this campaign had been written by a playwright and presented at The Basement, it would have been criticised for its implausible plot twists (Snowden, Assange, and Eminem?) and rapid genre shifts. What’s actually on at The Basement is another political swarm, Wild Bees by Phil Ormsby, which depicts the repercussions of Government policies a number of New Zealand elections ago. [more]

SHORT + SWEET DANCE 2014 - PROGRAMME 1 at TAPAC - The Auckland Performing Arts Centre
reviewed by Raewyn Whyte 17 Sep 2014
Celebrating the dance experience
Ultimately, the standout work is Vivian Hosking-Aue’s Opaque delivered by a considerably experienced group of nine men whose backgrounds include all of the current “dance training sources” this city offers , with luminary high school dance programmes such as Rutherford High School, private studios The Dance Studio and Boyzdance, Black Grace Urban Youth Movement, UNITEC, U of A, Excel, Pacific Dance Choreolab, Dziah and Identity crews in the mix. Small wonder that their performance is electrifying, with terrific contemporary/hiphop/commercial fusion choreography rotating their talents, leaving room for fantastic physical tricks, and providing a surprise ending, capping off the mayhem with a schmaltzy group serenade delivered to an apparently random woman from the audience. [more]

THE SOUND OF MUSIC at St James Theatre
reviewed by Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post) 15 Sep 2014
Sublime singing
When one of the best known and most loved, musicals of all time, The Sound of Music, hits town, an air of excited anticipation abounds. Not only from those who grew up with the songs but those who have heard it talked about and may have only ever seen the film with Julie Andrews. [more]

THE SOUND OF MUSIC at St James Theatre
reviewed by John Smythe 15 Sep 2014
Gets to the heart of a well-wrought story
What impresses me most with this revival, however, is how unified the story is thematically (book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, inspired by Maria Augusta von Trapp’s memoir, The Trapp Family Singers). It pits limits against liberty, repression against freedom, in every dimension of the dramatisation. [more]

OUT OF OUR HEADS at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Nik Smythe (3) 14 Sep 2014
The most mixed bag of all
Tonight’s programme opens in writer/director Marie Moodie’s stark, ‘brave new world’ type future in her cerebral fifteen-minute play Farewell to the Master. An impressively costumed, pale golden fembot, billed only as ‘Automaton’ (Charlotte Thomas), greets the convening audience as we take our seats. Behind her stands ‘Knut’, a similarly impressive tall silver android with electrical-wire dreadlocks for hair and a Geordi Laforge-style visor (Jonny Aukisitino). Next to Knut, a sombre fellow of extra-terrestrial origin ‘Klaatu’ (Zachary Robinson) lies prostrate. [more]

OUT OF OUR HEADS at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Nik Smythe (2) 12 Sep 2014
Comedic fable
Tracy Sharp’s Dumped opens with Leilani, a young Samoan contact-centre worker (Faye Rillstone), entertaining Prakash, her new boyfriend (Ravi Gurunathan) from work, on the first night in her new flat. What begins as a relaxed but awkward ‘evening in’ turns on its head with the premature return of her bombastic macho ex, Aleki (Jephtah Coe), who apparently didn’t realise Leilani’s parting words of separation were serious. [more]

GOD-BELLY at Q Theatre, The Vault
reviewed by Cherie Moore 11 Sep 2014
Huge potential
Described as an existential romp, GodBelly asks the question of how far the human soul can go, and how long your demons will haunt you if not dealt with. This is an eclectic and innovative show that pushes the boundaries of form more than most shows we see in Auckland theatres, which is refreshing. GodBelly does come with some issues however, and I do hope there will be further development to refine this piece as it has a huge amount going for it. [more]
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