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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]

BILL MASSEY’S TOURISTS at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street
reviewed by John Smythe 25 Jul 2014
A profoundly insightful and mutually personal shared experience
Amid the plethora of plays, television dramas and films produced to commemorate the centenary of World War One – the so-called ‘Great War’; ‘The war to end all wars’ – Jan Bolwell’s Bill Massey’s Tourists stands out as a very personal work that distils to its essence so-called humanity’s endless struggle with itself, in the pursuit of … what? [more]

LET’S GO DUTCH at Fringe Bar, 26 Allen St
reviewed by Deborah Eve Rea 25 Jul 2014
Playful showmanship
In Let’s Go Dutch, Alkemade performs a mixture of slight of hand, card tricks and close-up illusion among others. The show is divided into segments marked by a recorded voice, which asks questions to Alkemade about his life and experiences. Alkemade answers with some storytelling to the audience and a magic trick to conclude his response. [more]

SISTER ANZAC at Torpedo Bay Navy Museum, 64 King Edward Parade, Devonport
reviewed by Johnny Givins 24 Jul 2014
Remarkable ‘herstory’
A unique window on our history opens up with Geoff Allen’s Sister ANZAC. It tells the story of the remarkable women who were the NZ nurses at Anzac Cove in WW1. However it also provides dramatic, human and emotionally satisfying characters that become living history. [more]

DUST PALACE: WITH A STRANGER at Theatre Royal
reviewed by Gail Tresidder 23 Jul 2014
Amazing – but why keep so much secret?
A programme, a programme, my kingdom for a programme – please, Dust Palace, allow for those amongst the audience who wish to know the names of the cast, what the music was and some hint towards what is doubtless a deep and meaningful evocation of life, love and the whole darn thing! [more]

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Circa One
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post) 22 Jul 2014
Sterling acting in opera-like drama
It comes as no surprise to learn that A View from the Bridge has been made into an opera twice and that Arthur Miller himself wrote the libretto for the 1999 version. The dramatic final scene of the play has all the ingredients except music of a thrilling operatic finale. [more]

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A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE at Circa One
reviewed by John Smythe 21 Jul 2014
The corrosive effects of passions denied
Everything depends on our being convinced that Eddie Carbone is a hard-working loving husband and uncle – truly loved by his wife and niece – whose inability to acknowledge and understand the passions that curdle his guts, let alone take responsibility for them, set the course for the tragic outcome. Gavin Rutherford embodies the role utterly in a profoundly complex and riveting performance. [more]

WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT at Westpoint Performing Arts Centre
reviewed by Bronwyn Elsmore 20 Jul 2014
A little more flossing and rinsing required?
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Arthur. Arthur who? Arthur jokes likely to be funny if there’s no crudity? That’s what I’ve come to find out. The debut show of Wash Your Mouth Out bills itself as a night of stand-up comedy focussing entirely on clean humour ... [more]

ACHE at Court Theatre Pub Charity Studio
reviewed by Lindsay Clark 20 Jul 2014
Style and a dash of vinegar to relish
It is no surprise to read that this neatly crafted romantic comedy won the 2012 Pumphouse Theatre Award for an Auckland playwright in its fledgling stage, before the workshopping and public reading processes which brought it to the current premier production. Its roots are in middle class contemporary urban culture, where bright young professionals can get away with indecision and 'malaise' before the realities of life put the nips in. [more]

PŪTŌRINO HILL at Q Theatre, 305 Queen St
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 20 Jul 2014
A profound work of considerable theatrical dexterity
Te Kohe Tuhaka’s excellent production of Chris Malloy’s stunning new play Pūtōrino Hill further enriches the legacy of Taki Rua and provides us with a magnificent example of what a top quality theatre experience should be. From the moment we enter the Q Theatre Loft to the instant I nick five grapes from the table of kai in the foyer before descending the stairs to a freezing Queen Street, I am in another world, a world of mystery, enigma, anger and enchantment. [more]
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