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WE WERE ALWAYS WATCHING at Meteor Theatre
reviewed by Brenda Rae Kidd 1 Oct 2014
Timely satire
First – may I say - I love Antony Aiono (pictured)! Why is there not more about this multi-talented actor in the media? The man can sing, is funny as a twit and can pull out the tears when he needs too. Fantastic stuff. This play is worth catching if only to see Aiono himself. A collaborative effort, We Were Always Watching is a satire, bringing attention to events and issues which should gravely concern us all. [more]

GOD-BELLY at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 1 Oct 2014
Refreshing intelligence, insight and physicality
Visceral, physical and very watchable, God-Belly parallels obsessive quests for perfection, manifested through eating disorders, in two very different eras and contexts: ancient and modern. [more]

The Body Festival 2014
THE MOVIE STAR at NASDA Theatre, E Block, CPIT
reviewed by Erin Harrington 1 Oct 2014
Bumbler seeks cinematic mojo
The component parts of the show are mostly strong but the overall narrative conceit and some of the tricks need further development, and I came away a bit confused as to the overall intention of the piece. By the end of The Movie Star I can certainly see where it is all heading: the nervous, shy actor’s search for a voice, both literal and figurative, leads him through various genres and emotional states (and, perhaps, auditions?) before he finally finds a meaningful (and quite silly) cinematic raison d’être. It’s certainly a strong concept. [more]

TOIA at NASDA Theatre, E Block, CPIT
reviewed by Jess Probert 1 Oct 2014
An intimate and captivating story
A standout moment being what seemed to be part of a dream that the two of them shared. All four dancers sit down on the floor, very relaxed, and close their eyes. The lighting changes from a very natural daylight feeling to a slightly ethereal blue, a dancer rises slowly and begins to move around the stage using light footed jumps and turns, looking to the sky and using hand gestures that imitate plucking stars from the sky. Another dancers rises and takes her by the hand and tries to pull her down as if she is frightened that she will get caught. Eventually, both of the dancers are moving around the space together, smiling and laughing as if this is what they are longing for; the freedom to be together and dance among the stars. [more]

EVERYTHING IS SURROUNDED BY WATER at BATS Theatre (Out Of Site), Cnr Cuba & Dixon
reviewed by John Smythe 1 Oct 2014
Prosaic yet epic and poetic; dark yet light; exquisite
Though names and places have been changed “to protect the innocent” and he ventures into ‘magic realism’, there is no doubting the authenticity of his subjective experience. And the way he tells it brings it vividly alive in our imaginations: still the best ‘special effect’ theatre has to offer. [more]

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS at Court Theatre, Bernard Street, Addington
reviewed by Lindsay Clark 1 Oct 2014
Simple fun with lashings of song and dance
Well-loved nursery tales these days often morph into something unrecognisable, but this re-telling of the inquisitive little blondie finds a happy balance. There is sufficient embellishment in the additional personae of Puss in Boots and Humpty Dumpty to give a bit of a back story ... [more]

THE MARVELLOUS ADVENTURE OF JACK AND DAISY at Gryphon
reviewed by John Smythe 30 Sep 2014
Lively and inventive enough ...
It’s a great idea: take a boy called Jack and a cow called Daisy and set them off on a quest that recalls the well-known exploits all those Jacks, and the odd cow, in nursery rhymes and folk tales. A Well and a Plum Pie Bakery, upstage right and left, give us a clue where we’re heading. [more]

THE LISTIES 6D (IT’S TWICE AS GOOD AS 3D) at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Kate Ward-Smythe 30 Sep 2014
Mind-expanding
The sum of the parts totally deserves the multitude of awards on the mantelpiece: the show is a hugely entertaining well-paced wild romp: messy at times, with a few farts jokes here and there, plus a whole lotta hilarity and originality. [more]

THE CARETAKER at Shed 40, 40 Fryatt Street, Waterfront
reviewed by Terry MacTavish 29 Sep 2014
Credible ambiguities, shift sympathies, bound by compassion
“Well?” I ask anxiously. My illustrious guest was actually present at the first production of this classic Pinter play in London, 1960. How will the Fortune compare? I feel a surge of parochial pride when she replies, “They’re every bit as good. Excellent, really excellent!” [more]

The Body Festival 2014
TASSEL ME THIS at The Open Stage, Hagley Community College
reviewed by Emily Napolitano 29 Sep 2014
Evoking our pursuit of that special something
Jessie McCall and Shani Dickins are beautifully strong and graceful dancers, combining clean body isolations with seemingly effortless jumps and turns. Their ingeniously profound choreography is eerie and almost painfully intimate, exquisitely highlighted in their fierce duets and dynamic partner work. Particularly unique is the inventive way they remove each other’s golden boots after a secretly joyous celebration, set to an original soundscore by James Risbey. [more]
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