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NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
BUCKET’S LIST at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by Hannah Smith 4 Mar 2015
Odd-ball, off-beat rom-com
Bucket’s List is an idiosyncratic piece comprising mime, live music and narrative. These simple elements are woven together to make a screwball love story with a heart of gold. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
JUST BET/WEEN US at BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by Lyne Pringle 4 Mar 2015
Powerful. Uncomfortable
Flies caught in a web, sucked dry by a spider who makes up the rules, head thrown back, arms imploring until you find a slow bounce, a tiny boogie on the dance floor and we are back where we started – same same but different, all shook up, with dead eye over there and startled eye over there just behind, desperate despair eye in the corner. Fall, play dead, earn applause: then begin again. The croupier bound, gagged and blind crumpled in the corner until she is hauled out tomorrow night. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
LADY LIBERTY at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street
reviewed by Deirdre Tarrant 4 Mar 2015
Explosive blockbuster of sound and synergy
Choreographic credit is given to the Infinite Dance Crew, and their hop hop genre and style is loud, tight and infectious. The large cast are having fun being who (I hope) these young people are not! [more]

Auckland Fringe 2015
THE NON-SURGEONS GUIDE TO THE APPENDECTOMY at The Basement, Lower Greys Ave
reviewed by Lexie Matheson 4 Mar 2015
More to be achieved
It’s fast paced and has the absurdist echoes of N.F. Simpson (A Resounding Tinkle) and a delightfully singular aversion to plot. Throughout there are resonances of Ionesco, Beckett, Pirandello and the surreal works of Apollinaire but they aren’t taken anywhere. Perhaps that’s the point and I’m being too linear but I suspect the production fails the writing somewhat in this respect. Not a lot, just a bit. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
GIFT OF THE GAB at Gryphon
reviewed by John Smythe 4 Mar 2015
An astonishing theatrical creation
It stands to reason that when a young man – Gab, who has been a ‘true fan’ of movies for as long as he can remember – discovers his dream job in a cinema complex reduces him to cleaning up pizza, popcorn and toenail clippings no less, his fertile film-fed imagination will be his means of escape. Yet James Cain’s solo sortie through a memory-bank of celluloid clippings is more than mere escapism. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
GERALDINE QUINN - MDMA: MODERN DAY MAIDEN AUNT at Gryphon
reviewed by Lena Fransham 4 Mar 2015
Loads of love and wisdom
Seems that the childless, unmarried woman of a certain age was always a bit threatening, like a loose social wheel, undefined and unrestrained by the reassuring moulds of marriage and motherhood. What’s it like in 2015 to inhabit this nexus of inherited social anxieties? Well if you’re Geraldine Quinn, sometimes it’s an absolute crack up. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
MY FAVOURITE PROBLEMATIC at 17 Tory St
reviewed by John Smythe 4 Mar 2015
Absorbing for many and clearly welcome
Women get value from realising others share their responses to all-too-common events. Men get the opportunity to hear things not often said in their presence. Everyone gets to hear (in principle) points of view they may or may not align with. [more]

NZ Fringe 2015 [reviewing supported by WCC]
LABYRINTHINE at Old Knit World, Left Bank (off Cuba Mall)
reviewed by Ewen Coleman [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post) 4 Mar 2015
Where Lost is found
Yet another production that delves into the mind, questioning one’s self esteem and how to stop sinking into the depths of depression is Labyrinthine. Although promenade theatre, where the audience moves from space to space, is not a new or original idea, in this production it does create some quirky and interesting aspects to it. [more]

7 GENERATIONS at Whitireia Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street
reviewed by Ewen Coleman [Reproduced with permission of Fairfax Media] (The Dominion Post) 4 Mar 2015
Dancing with our demons
Confronting ones demons is a recurring image, and although not overly obvious, by the numerous support groups given credit in the programme, sexual abuse is also a major factor affecting the main and only character played by Miki Seifert, who is also choreographer of the piece. [more]

Photo by Cherie Moore
OUT OF ORDER at BATS Theatre, The Dome, 1 Kent Tce
reviewed by John Smythe 3 Mar 2015
All-consuming fun
Is it out of order for a young woman – a university graduate with a degree in environmental science, no less – to empathise with various appliances which have been discarded because they themselves have been judged ‘out of order’? That it may be a racket is indicated when the prologue is delivered by a highly-strung inmate of the warehouse she and other discards have been assigned to. [more]
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