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DEXTER’S DEEP SEA DISCOVERY at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs
reviewed by Loki Smythe 4 Jul 2015
Fun and jokes for all ages
The main character, Dexter – played by Amanda Tito – has a very stereotypical eight-year-old attitude, thinking shark attacks are awesome and glasses look stupid. [more]

THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER at 4 Moncrieff St., Mt. Victoria
reviewed by John Smythe 4 Jul 2015
Interactive fun with good values
Elves looking for work in the wake of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies is an excellent starting point for Rachel Henry’s adaptation of the Brothers Grimm* tale. Pilly and Filly – whose real Elvish names are much, much longer – left their North Pole jobs with Santa Claus to work for Peter Jackson and they like New Zealand so much they want to stay. [more]

YOU DANCE 2015 at Maidment
reviewed by Briar Wilson 3 Jul 2015
Entertaining, energetic and able
When young dancers choreograph their own work, it means that they have reached a good level of sophistication and technical ability – also that they can work together – although presumably needing some oversight. Again I would welcome knowing who had that responsibility – as they should also be acknowledged and congratulated. Thus I commend Jessie McCall’s work overseeing Pointy Dog Youth Dance Company a group stemming from classes at TAPAC. 13 dancers are spread over three pieces, each being choreographed by its dancers, that being a feat in itself. They use a good range of movement, sometimes individual, other times in unison, and in Pendulum convey connection and disconnection with aplomb. [more]

YOU DANCE 2015 at Maidment
reviewed by Raewyn Whyte 2 Jul 2015
Large ensemble works particularly impressive
Also a charmer is the final dance of the evening, Autele, choreographed by teacher Samantha French for 10 male and 7 female dancers from Mt Albert Grammar School. A vibrant and dynamically driven dance based in Samoan traditions, this requires precision in rhythm and spatial patterns arising from the constant re-positioning of groups on the stage. There's no doubting the passion and commitment of the performers to be the best they can be, and they perform with passion, pride and verve to Maori Beat by Highlight Tribe. [more]

THE CAPE at Mary Hopewell Theatre
reviewed by Alison Embleton 2 Jul 2015
Realistic and compelling
The rehashing of past events, and the development of new bonds between the characters allows for the audience to get a good sense of their history while also being able to see how they’re growing and changing together on this trip. [more]

THE MOURNING AFTER at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Matt Baker (TheatreScenes_The Auckland Theatre Blog) 2 Jul 2015
Needed Mour
Ahilan Karunaharan's pioneering script is developed from a solo show post drama school training, developed into an ensemble piece upon "being in the presence of other South Asian actors". The play is a surreal drama, but, at its heart, there is no conflict. [more]

ORANGUTAN at The Basement Studio, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Matt Baker (TheatreScenes_The Auckland Theatre Blog) 2 Jul 2015
Not yet a Great Ape
In such an intimate space, it's disappointing that, while not necessarily carved with the intention to perform in this specific space, we lose Canton's eyes behind the mask. [more]

BEN FAGAN: UNDER THE TABLE at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Candice Lewis 1 Jul 2015
Vulnerability and a good dose of earnestness
From the moment he whistles ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ in order to impress a girl (woman/female/womyn) the tone of this performance really picks up. I’m in. I’m present for this now. [more]

THE MOURNING AFTER at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Bronwyn Elsmore 1 Jul 2015
Humour amid the poignant portraits
There’s much humour revealed in the characterisations and the cultural differences. Shekar finds his relatives don’t understand his references to what, to him, is quintessential Sri Lanka: Dilmah tea. Yet the strength of the story lies in the poignant situation of the few still present in the place following the devastation. [more]

ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD at Rose Centre Belmont
reviewed by Geoff Allen 30 Jun 2015
Risky and challenging
Stoppard’s play is a must see for any lover of theatre. It’s not a traditional beginning, middle and end story ... Life and death and what does it all mean. To be or not to be, and if you be… what should you be and how… and what direction should you take, and where is east anyway? [more]
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