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1918 at Mangere Arts Centre
reviewed by Raewyn Whyte 28 Jul 2015
A heady, poignant and polished work
The key aspects of these historic events are vividly communicated in this production through a heady combination of song and live drumming, video and slide images, occasional audio clips, costumes by Tony de Goldi which cleverly bring the past into the present, and the beautifully crafted, rich interweaving of Siva Samoa and contemporary dance by choreographer Andy Faiaoga which is clearly tailor made for this production. [more]

THE DELIBERATE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY FRIEND, JACK HARTNETT at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Janet McAllister 27 Jul 2015
Musical thriller intrigues
Bullet Heart Club is well-named: the outfit that produced Rochelle Bright's heartbreaker hit Daffodils now brings us Bright's shot at heart-stopping suspense. But keeping the tension taut and the entertainment high in a one-man musical thriller is a tall order ... [more]

Photo by Stephen A'Court
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Circa One
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post) 27 Jul 2015
A climax to savour in brilliantly staged funny show
“This could be a three pipe problem,” says Sherlock Holmes as he sits in his armchair to ponder the curse placed on the Baskerville family, while three Dr Watsons hover in attendance. Yes, in one or two scenes there are three Dr Watsons on stage at the same time. [more]

THE DELIBERATE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY FRIEND, JACK HARTNETT at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Vanessa Byrnes 26 Jul 2015
Richly layered production values
Episodic, loud, and simmering with suspense, the triggers (literal and figurative) propel a cracking good story. This, I think, is at the heart of the piece. The blurb describes it as ‘about two lonely souls, self-fulfillment and deliberate destruction’, and this is the central idea underneath all the production layers so richly on offer. [more]

THE LADYKILLERS at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington
reviewed by Lindsay Clark 26 Jul 2015
A rich, deluxe assortment of characters
Lacking the fluidity of film, the play relies on vivid characters and farcical scenes played with high gusto – territory where director Ross Gumbley has set his mark of authority so often. He could not have hoped for a more engagingly disparate band of baddies. [more]

Photo by Stephen A'Court
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Circa One
reviewed by John Smythe 26 Jul 2015
Do we not aspire to more than a ride on a bandwagon?
This year the Circa Theatre programme cover features a quote from American actor Willem Dafoe, a founding member of The (very different) Wooster Group: “Great theatre is about challenging how we think and encouraging us to fantasize about a world we aspire to.” So how does this reconcile with the Circa-generated productions in Circa One so far this year? [more]

THE DELIBERATE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY FRIEND, JACK HARTNETT at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by James Wenley (TheatreScenes_The Auckland Theatre Blog) 26 Jul 2015
Why should we care about Jack?
They’ve gone darker. There’s no light relief. Todd Emerson spends half of the show scowling at us. Musically, they no longer have the safety net of the kiwi pop song. I think they know that this time their show won’t be universally adored. [more]

GINGER SNORT at Q Theatre, Rangatira
reviewed by Kathryn van Beek 25 Jul 2015
A fabulous hole to disappear down
What happens when you combine long-running late night improv show Snort with the organic, fairtrade ginger fizz Gingerella? Ginger Snort, that’s what – and although it sounds quite disgusting, the one-off show is as hilarious as it is delicious ... [more]

Capital 150 birthday celebrations
PAGE TURNERS at National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth St, Thorndon
reviewed by John Smythe 25 Jul 2015
A priceless theatrical taonga
Named for Five Wellingtonians who turned significant pages in history, Page Turners is an absorbing, intriguing and informative contribution to this weekend’s Capital 150 birthday (since becoming the capital). The monologues are set against a large and extremely impressive popup book ... [more]

MADAMA BUTTERFLY at Isaac Theatre Royal
reviewed by Naomi van den Broek 24 Jul 2015
Satisfying on all levels
The clash of cultural values and the price Butterfly pays for her attempt to assimilate to Pinkerton’s world are themes that feel very current. Butterfly is ultimately a fragile commodity pinned to the chest of a navy man like one of his many other medals. [more]
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