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FALL AND RECOVERY at Hagley Open Stage
reviewed by Sheree Bright 28 Jul 2014
Sheryl Robinson's legacy celebrated in style
Thisperformance of Fall and Recovery celebrated her legacy and raised funds for the Sheryl Robinson Memorial Scholarship which is awarded every year towards tertiary study to a current or former member of the Hagley Dance Company. The evening featured works from Rebound Dance Company, Hagley Theatre Company, Hagley Dance Company, graduates and professional dancers. [more]

Nelson Winter Festival 2014
JEZEBEL OF JAZZ: SONGS AND STORIES WITH ANITA O’DAY at Old St John's
reviewed by Ruth Allison 28 Jul 2014
Much more than our money’s worth
Liz Kirkman brings American Jazz singer of the ’50s Anita O’Day to life with a full repertoire of fifteen songs and a narrative told through an imagined conversation mainly with her mother. The spirit and vulnerability of O’Day is captured in the constant battle O’Day had with her mother and the father she never really knew but mostly with her producers over her wish to sing her own way. She may have been known as the Jezebel of Jazz but she was also the queen of improvisation. [more]

CONSTELLATIONS at Circa Two
reviewed by John Smythe 28 Jul 2014
Variations on a relationship
Initially it seems he’s tossing around different options for how a relationship might start when Marianne and Roland meet at a barbecue, and the actors – Erin Banks and Richard Dey, in this Rachael Lenart-directed production at Circa Theatre – are testing the options for him. But of course the variations are the point, although her opening gambit about licking elbows remains a constant. [more]

THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN at Q Theatre, Rangatira
reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton (New Zealand Herald) 28 Jul 2014
An angel, a drug lord, a star
The Good Soul of Szechuan presents a thoroughly contemporary take on the age-old question of whether there is enough goodness remaining within humanity to justify our continued existence. [more]

THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN at Q Theatre, Rangatira
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 28 Jul 2014
Funny, outrageous, unpleasant at times yet very moving
It’s only with the appearance of Malcolm’s alter-ego Shui Ta that we realise just what a fabulous transformational actor Malcolm is. The characters are poles apart and it’s hard to believe that they’re created by the same actor, often in almost the same breath. This production is so incredibly good – ATC’s best for yonks – that to say Malcolm’s performance alone is worth the ticket price is to minimise the whole but there, I’ve said it anyway and I’m happy to stand by it. [more]

BILL MASSEY’S TOURISTS at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post) 28 Jul 2014
Personal family story shares experience of bloody war
“If you can survive Passchendale, you can survive anything,” says Jan Bolwell’s grandfather in her third and most poignant solo play about her family. Though part fiction and part family stories, it conveys with a compelling simplicity what it was like for a 20 year-old New Zealander to be thrown into the maelstrom of bloody war. [more]

AN AWFULLY BIG ADVENTURE at Hannah Playhouse (previously Downstage)
reviewed by John Smythe 27 Jul 2014
Entertainingly potent and poignant
Ignorance, naiveté and an engaging inquisitiveness are the keynotes for the start of An Awfully Big Adventure, devised and developed over nearly three years through “a huge collaborative effort from many artists … guided by [director] Leo Gene Peters,” according to Capital E National Theatre for Children’s Creative Producer Stephen Blackburn. [more]

ACHE at Court Theatre Pub Charity Studio
reviewed by Georgina Stylianou (The Press, Christchurch) 27 Jul 2014
Comedy made unique by honesty
A trendy wedding. Summer. Night. The smoker’s balcony. Words are projected onto the stage’s simple, brilliant set. It’s all you need to know. The rest is every romantic movie you’ve ever seen smashed together with the pithy dialogue of real life. [more]

Photo by Andrew Malmo
MAMIL: MIDDLE AGED MAN IN LYCRA at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Vanessa Byrnes 26 Jul 2014
Pearl, peccadillo or just too pervy?
At nearly two hours long, Mark Hadlow is to be congratulated for this massive solo feat. He cycles, he sings opera, and he nimbly jumps between ten characters including Tom Jones, an Indian dairy owner and a South African property developer. So let me state up front that Hadlow’s talent and drive is unquestionable, as is the production quality of this show. [more]

KISS THE FISH at Forum North
reviewed by David Stevens 26 Jul 2014
Warmed by Indian sun, vitality and imagination
If my mood is somewhat winter grumpy, that changes within minutes of Kiss the Fish starting. Happily, the theatre is full and I soon have a great big smile on my face (initially charmed by a group of chattering monkeys), and I do not stop smiling for one second of the next two and a half hours. [more]
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