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THE WATER STATION at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 17 Apr 2014
Rich in metaphor
It is almost unheard of for plays devised by companies to be reproduced by other companies even when they result in written scripts (think SEEyD Company, Indian Ink, Red Leap …). Even more unexpected is that a devised play without words from Japan, albeit a classic, would find new life in Aotearoa New Zealand. It has also been produced in India and Singapore. [more]

VICE at The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by James Wenley (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog) 16 Apr 2014
Perverse
For the past few weeks, Jordan Mooney has been posting a series of clips promoting a range of different vices. The crazy-eyed front man has whipped himself, walked naked in the wilderness, shoved his face in a toilet bowl, and lit his hair on fire. [more]

VICE at The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Nik Smythe 16 Apr 2014
Revels in abnormal behaviour
When a mysterious shadowy man with no face in a smart suit takes your ticket and directs you up a graffiti-art covered back stairway festooned with beer crates, wine bottle candles, exotic dolls and such, into a room with a stark white stage where the cast of seven lurk awkwardly and wistfully and so on, and the auditorium floor, walls and half the ceiling thickly papered with thousands of pages of advertising junk mail using sticky tape, it’s fair to assume that what ensues probably won’t be typical, usual or normal. [more]

COLT at Suter Theatre
reviewed by Janet Whittington 15 Apr 2014
Phenomenal work
The degree of physical complexity builds into a series of stunning poses, romantic, tender, requiring great strength and skill from the performers. Sarah-Foster Sproull’s direction and choreography augmented by the dancers own input is acknowledged in the opening credits of the programme. Her thoughts about community are portrayed by the community spirit that went into this phenomenal piece. I think this combined choreography is what finally lifts this performance into a class of its own and validates Foster-Sproull’s concept. [more]

THE OWL AND THE PUSSY-CAT at The Pumphouse, Takapuna
reviewed by Grace Hoet 14 Apr 2014
The power of creation and the enchantment of storytelling
The Owl and the Pussy Cat breaks the mould on what is often an assumption that Children’s Theatre is for children, often fun for the younger generations with adults purely there as chaperones. The Tim Bray production of The Owl and the Pussy Cat is a colourful delight for both children and adults. [more]

PROMISE AND PROMISCUITY: A NEW MUSICAL BY JANE AUSTEN at Rangi Ruru Girls School, Merivale Lane
reviewed by Robert Gilbert 13 Apr 2014
Literary witticism, acerbic satire, musical mirth and dollops of double entendre
Every character is a lesson in human nature and study societal snobbery. The lemon-lipped Lady Wrexham and her withering son Reginald, the dashing Digby Dalton, the lisping Thomasina, and the suppurating horror that is Horatio have us all sniggering at the frivolities and mindlessness of the middle-class. [more]

THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington
reviewed by Lindsay Clark 13 Apr 2014
Complexity handled with charm
Melanie Camp's direction keeps plot and execution nicely balanced. A critical factor, and one she stresses in her programme notes, is the positioning of the audience. The fourth wall convention is well and truly disestablished as we are addressed, admonished and engaged. The response to a twitter about pace sees the whole of the first half replayed at reckless speed to open the second half, to the delight of a thoroughly charmed audience. [more]

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at Globe Theatre
reviewed by Jennifer Aitken 12 Apr 2014
All very natural
What I enjoy most about this production is that these actors are real women – which is kind of the point – and they are not trying to be anything else. We get a sense of each woman’s personality as they share the monologues with us. The actors are really enjoying themselves, laughing with us and acknowledging the truth and universality behind the things they are telling us which makes the audience very comfortable. [more]

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at Globe Theatre
reviewed by Barbara Frame (Otago Daily Times) 12 Apr 2014
Short show about private bits popular with public
The Monologues concentrate, of course, on the out-of-sight bits of female anatomy not usually mentioned in polite society and sometimes coyly referred to as "down there." A show not much more than an hour long packs in a wide spectrum of moods - lyrical, poignant, moving, funny, triumphant, but taking darker turns when medical indignities are aired, or when the horrors of sexual abuse, genital mutilation and rape are revealed. [more]

MOKO at SKYCITY Theatre
reviewed by Paul Young 11 Apr 2014
Moments of sublime beauty
Undeniably strong dancing by all, a bold aesthetic, conviction, and a strong ethical compass make Atamira a company worth supporting and encouraging. While I miss the charisma and characteristic diversity of the old guard, I am looking forward to what comes next. I hope its nothing that I can imagine. [more]
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