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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]

WHEEL OF EXPERIENCE at Q Theatre Loft, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Tamati Patuwai 11 Sep 2014
A national theatrical treasure
Wheel of Experience is a refreshingly courageous blast of music, theatricality and a good ol’ yarn. Playing Loft at Q Theatre, this swift and piercing jaunt down some of New Zealand’s darker historical corridors is a rigorous experience and should be seen. [more]

SHORT + SWEET SONG 2014 at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs
reviewed by Kathryn van Beek 10 Sep 2014
Sweet & sour selection
The Short + Sweet Festival 2014 has already given us ten-minute plays. This week it’s giving us ten-minute musicals (and next week, ten-minute dance works). On the way to TAPAC we wondered what horrors and delights might await us. As it turns out, there are plenty of both in Short + Sweet Song, which features nine musicals by different writers, composers and actors [more]

RIDDIFORD STREET: SEASON THREE at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 10 Sep 2014
A riveting experience
Theatreview didn’t get to Season One but we did cover the opening episode of Season Two in last year’s Fringe. A rotating cast of 16 peopled the improvised hospital soap-opera then but the ‘Previously on Riddiford Street’ segment that opens Season Three reveals most of them died from some mysterious plague. So now a tight team of six plays 12 characters – with alacrity. [more]

OUT OF OUR HEADS at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Nik Smythe 10 Sep 2014
Impressive diversity
This week six emerging theatre writers from Gary Henderson’s Graduate Studio flex their skills to produce a selection of plays of varying length and content. So they can fully experience and understand the whole process, the playwrights themselves have organised their cast and crew for each of the seven diverse pieces. This is a review of the first three plays. [more]

Photo by Andrew Malmo
MAMIL: MIDDLE AGED MAN IN LYCRA at Prefab Hall, 14 Jessie Street (access also from Vivian St)
reviewed by Ewen Coleman (The Dominion Post) 9 Sep 2014
Hadlow gets on his bike in must-see show
In the role of Bryan Cook, Hadlow is superb. Twenty years on he has lost none of the spark, verve, and animation be brought to SNAG, bounding about what little space there is on the restricted set with great vitally and commanding engagement. [more]
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