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MRS MCGINTY AND THE BIZARRE PLANT at Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna
reviewed by Heidi North-Bailey 17 Apr 2015
Stakes need to be higher
Freewheeling on their bicycles, Zoe and Zack wreak havoc with glee. They are then amazed to discover that Mrs McGinty has a bizarre plant that grows and grows. Not only that but it talks too, and they make friends with the plant and Mrs McGinty before the plant is taken away by botanists as it’s growing too big for the garden. [more]

THE KISS INSIDE at SKYCITY Theatre
reviewed by Dione Joseph 17 Apr 2015
Shimmers rather than shines
Disruption is key to The Kiss Inside, not only in completely questioning any assumptions, preconceptions or attempts at solidifying the abstract; but more potently in laughing at the very notion of doing so. [more]

Photo by Hagen Hopkinsef
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at St James Theatre
reviewed by Jo Hodgson 17 Apr 2015
Wonderfully entertaining; beautifully true to the original film
Right from the get go, this Lunchbox Theatrical Production is slick and full of energy. The ensemble hurry in and out during the excellently played overture setting the scene of the busy film set at the studio of Monumental Pictures. [more]

Photo by Hagen Hopkinsef
SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at St James Theatre
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post online) 17 Apr 2015
An exuberant, dazzling spectacle that explodes with excitement
Occasionally small gifts come with programmes. Ominously, a handy plastic poncho raincoat came with my programme for Singin' in the Rain. Luckily it wasn't needed in row J, but it might have been useful if I had been in the front two rows. [more]

THE KISS INSIDE at SKYCITY Theatre
reviewed by Jenny Stevenson 17 Apr 2015
A work of great intrigue
As always, Douglas Wright has assembled a group of compelling dancers who tackle the relentless physicality of his choreography with boundless energy and determination. But the undoubted highlight of the evening was to see Douglas himself performing - a non-stop fluid rendition of gestural brilliance, that conveyed its meaning subliminally, imparting multiple images in mere moments. Watched by a silent nurse, Douglas’s performance could well be perceived as paying homage to the great Vaslav Nijinski, himself a mystic, whose flashes of crystalline lucidity were ultimately subsumed by his horrific journey into darkness. [more]

DAFFODILS [INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS] at Meteor Theatre
reviewed by Mark Houlahan 16 Apr 2015
Both bring charismatic pleasure to the songs
It is a fantastic home grown antidote to the pre-processed offshore megamusical. The play tells a strong, real story through words and through the power of popular New Zealand songs. It is especially good to see this in Hamilton, as this is a Hamilton story, and the producers have worked hard with the Meteor to bring the show to us. There are not many stories that dare to take Hamilton seriously. [more]

THE SHOWGIRL at Gryphon
reviewed by Maryanne Cathro 15 Apr 2015
Awesome ensemble work
It’s Harlem, NYC in 1979, a world of seedy clubs, sequinned fabrics and platform shoes. Young cop John Gonzales is asking too many questions about who shot Fontella Pendavis, star of the stage at Studio Soul. The plot twists, and twists again, like a floor of dancers doing the Brooklyn Shuffle. [more]

THE LOLLY WITCH OF MUMULAND at Mangere Arts Centre
reviewed by Nik Smythe 12 Apr 2015
Consummate showmanship and spirited vitality
This is my first foray into Mumuland, the magical Pasifika fairy world setting for this Auckland Theatre Company production. The colourful adaptation of the classic Grimm Brothers folktale Hansel and Gretel is magical indeed; the sheer amount of energy, hilarity and music packed into one hour is simply incredible. [more]

Photo by Heli Sorjonen
THE PIANIST at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland LIVE
reviewed by Amanda Leo (TheatreScenes: The Auckland Theatre Blog) 12 Apr 2015
Bravura Recital
We are greeted by a hanging chandelier and a beautiful grand piano, both which reek of possibilities for mishap. In The Pianist the humour arises from the disjunction between what the pianist is attempting to perform and what is actually being performed. [more]

IMPROV FOR KIDS 2015 at Circa Two
reviewed by John Smythe 11 Apr 2015
Entertaining ingenuity
The key to good interactive theatre is that it has to be needed and make a difference. “Let’s all be trees waving in the breeze” is a non-event compared with making a character’s survival dependent on the kids calling out, “Look out behind you!” or similar. Improv theatre is a step up from that because scenarios can only get started once the audience has responded to an ‘ask for’. [more]
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