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ON THE CONDITIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF HILLARY CLINTON TAKING ME AS HER YOUNG LOVER at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 5 Mar 2015
Slick, ingenious and very, very funny
The pace is blistering. Meros/Meek is a riot of brilliance. He lists all the presidents of the United States with the speed of a Tom Lehrer reciting the elements and speaks of his first sexual experience with Hillary Clinton. We think we know what itís going to be but itís something altogether different. [more]

Auckland Fringe 2015
THE NON-SURGEONS GUIDE TO THE APPENDECTOMY at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Matt Baker (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog) 5 Mar 2015
We lost the patient
Successfully transforming a performance space can win over your audience before the dialogue of a show even begins, and the combination Christine Urquhart's foreboding set, stark lighting by Nicole Astrella, and ominous sound composition by Sinisha Milkovic has me immediately geared for Finnius Teppet's (arguably) absurdist play. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
A CUPPA WITH MRS FORTUNE at Sweet Pea, 259 Jackson St, Petone
reviewed by Shannon Friday 5 Mar 2015
Good ideas, charming company, fun with fortunes, needs development
The idea behind the show is not only to introduce tea trivia and the fascinating story of Robert Fortune to the audience, but also to explore Mrs Jane Fortune's life as her husband was off gallivanting about the Far East. And, of course, share a cuppa with the audience/guests. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
BUCKETíS LIST at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by Hannah Smith 4 Mar 2015
Odd-ball, off-beat rom-com
Bucketís List is an idiosyncratic piece comprising mime, live music and narrative. These simple elements are woven together to make a screwball love story with a heart of gold. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
JUST BET/WEEN US at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by Lyne Pringle 4 Mar 2015
Powerful. Uncomfortable
Flies caught in a web, sucked dry by a spider who makes up the rules, head thrown back, arms imploring until you find a slow bounce, a tiny boogie on the dance floor and we are back where we started Ė same same but different, all shook up, with dead eye over there and startled eye over there just behind, desperate despair eye in the corner. Fall, play dead, earn applause: then begin again. The croupier bound, gagged and blind crumpled in the corner until she is hauled out tomorrow night. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
LADY LIBERTY at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street
reviewed by Deirdre Tarrant 4 Mar 2015
Explosive blockbuster of sound and synergy
Choreographic credit is given to the Infinite Dance Crew, and their hop hop genre and style is loud, tight and infectious. The large cast are having fun being who (I hope) these young people are not! [more]

Auckland Fringe 2015
THE NON-SURGEONS GUIDE TO THE APPENDECTOMY at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 4 Mar 2015
More to be achieved
Itís fast paced and has the absurdist echoes of N.F. Simpson (A Resounding Tinkle) and a delightfully singular aversion to plot. Throughout there are resonances of Ionesco, Beckett, Pirandello and the surreal works of Apollinaire but they arenít taken anywhere. Perhaps thatís the point and Iím being too linear but I suspect the production fails the writing somewhat in this respect. Not a lot, just a bit. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
GIFT OF THE GAB at Gryphon
reviewed by John Smythe 4 Mar 2015
An astonishing theatrical creation
It stands to reason that when a young man Ė Gab, who has been a Ďtrue faní of movies for as long as he can remember Ė discovers his dream job in a cinema complex reduces him to cleaning up pizza, popcorn and toenail clippings no less, his fertile film-fed imagination will be his means of escape. Yet James Cainís solo sortie through a memory-bank of celluloid clippings is more than mere escapism. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
GERALDINE QUINN - MDMA: MODERN DAY MAIDEN AUNT at Gryphon
reviewed by Lena Fransham 4 Mar 2015
Loads of love and wisdom
Seems that the childless, unmarried woman of a certain age was always a bit threatening, like a loose social wheel, undefined and unrestrained by the reassuring moulds of marriage and motherhood. Whatís it like in 2015 to inhabit this nexus of inherited social anxieties? Well if youíre Geraldine Quinn, sometimes itís an absolute crack up. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
MY FAVOURITE PROBLEMATIC at 17 Tory St
reviewed by John Smythe 4 Mar 2015
Absorbing for many and clearly welcome
Women get value from realising others share their responses to all-too-common events. Men get the opportunity to hear things not often said in their presence. Everyone gets to hear (in principle) points of view they may or may not align with. [more]
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