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2014 winner_Daniel John Smith
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]

GOLF: A LOVE STORY at Centrepoint
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]

New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2015
GUY WILLIAMS - YOU CAN SENSE THE DESPERATION at Tararua Tramping Club, 4 Moncrieff St, Mt Victoria
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
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]

MRS MCGINTY AND THE BIZARRE PLANT at Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
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]

THE KISS INSIDE at SKYCITY Theatre
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]

Photo by Hagen Hopkinsef
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at St James Theatre
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]

Photo by Hagen Hopkinsef
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at St James Theatre
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post online) 17 Apr 2015
An exuberant, dazzling spectacle that explodes with excitement
Occasionally small gifts come with programmes. Ominously, a handy plastic poncho raincoat came with my programme for Singin' in the Rain. Luckily it wasn't needed in row J, but it might have been useful if I had been in the front two rows. [more]

THE KISS INSIDE at SKYCITY Theatre
reviewed by Jenny Stevenson 17 Apr 2015
A work of great intrigue
As always, Douglas Wright has assembled a group of compelling dancers who tackle the relentless physicality of his choreography with boundless energy and determination. But the undoubted highlight of the evening was to see Douglas himself performing - a non-stop fluid rendition of gestural brilliance, that conveyed its meaning subliminally, imparting multiple images in mere moments. Watched by a silent nurse, Douglas’s performance could well be perceived as paying homage to the great Vaslav Nijinski, himself a mystic, whose flashes of crystalline lucidity were ultimately subsumed by his horrific journey into darkness. [more]

DAFFODILS [INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS] at Meteor Theatre
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]
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