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April 29, 2024

Comments posted to the review of Wellington Preview Show 2024

We take on board that stand-up comedians would like the qualities of their writing, delivery and the audience response to be included in reviews.

March 19, 2024

Comment on review of “Lost Lear”

An insightfully expressed alignment of Shakespeare’s text and intent with the contortion of the effects of dementia and...

March 17, 2024

Comment on review of “Lost Lear”

Ccreativity but the vocal projection was sadly poor

March 11, 2024

Comment on review of “Only the Stars Know Where I’ve Been” –

The recent five night showing has been met by audiences with a gentle astonishment for the other worldly androgynously pitched duet...

February 11, 2024

Comment on review of “Heartbreak House”

Shaw always seemed more head than heart to me.

November 13, 2023

Comments on review of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Emilie Hope’s review of the National Theatre Live at Home production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” is a remarkable piece of writing.

September 15, 2023

Comment on review of “5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche”

"I would like to point out that both the setting for this play ..."

September 2, 2023

Comment on review of “Play With Your Food 2010: Café Theatre”

It is worth noting that after the performance John reviewed, Barry was persuaded to see a doctor ...

August 15, 2023

Comment on review of “No Freedom Without You”

The review by John Smythe of the production No Freedom Without You written on 22nd Feb 2008 had some inaccuracies about the musical play....

June 18, 2023

Comment on review of “Sax Appeal”

"The Pepsi Light version of the Flight of the Conchords indeed (I'm kidding, its Tough Tiger Fist baby)! ..."

May 29, 2023

Comment on review of “Romeo and Juliet 2023”

"Well put, the Royal New Zealand Ballet has a rich repertoire of works that haven’t been seen in sometime."

May 19, 2023

Comments on review of “Maria Williams – ADHD – The Musical”

"Kia ora Cordy and theatreview! thank you for coming for the show! I must admit I am slightly confused by this review..." and other "You nailed it Cordy!..."

May 18, 2023

Comment on review of “Guy Montgomery – My Brain is Blowing Me Crazy”

"What interests me most about Guy Montgomery is the way he satirises ignorance and stupidity..."

May 9, 2023

Comment on review of “Kōpū”

"The etymological explanation of woman v wahine was a high point and it was onward and upward from there..."

April 19, 2023

Comment on review of “The Unruly Tourists”

"Is Stuff’s ‘review’ of The Unruly Tourists deliberately offensive, or is it just sloppy journalism?..."

March 20, 2023

Comment on review of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”

"I saw this same production in Melbourne last year, and if I could have got to Auckland right now, I would very happily have seen it again. One of the best theatre experiences i have had in years. It is an extraordinary, complex and delicious piece. The review does it justice."

March 8, 2023

Comment on review of “Watch Out Gay Panda”

"I feel that this review is doing the artist a disservice by glossing over what was for most of the audience a bit of an awkward performance..." and reply - "Kia ora Conan, thank you for sharing your thoughts on my show. I believe that all feedback, both positive and negative can help an artist grow..."

February 22, 2023

Comment on review of “Magic in the Air”

"Dunedin Summer Shakespeare excelled itself with three very different, very magical excerpts..."

February 13, 2023

Comment on review of “Sense and Sensibility”

"Ever since pantomime and melodrama were invented they have been vehicles for socio-political commentary and satire."

December 23, 2022

CNZ decision to defund Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand

A top Auckland University English Professor has written a highly-critical letter to the chief executive of a government agency that cut funding to a school Shakespeare festival on the basis it represents a "canon of imperialism".

December 1, 2022

LIVING WITH THE ARTS ‘NO-STRATEGY STRATEGY’ Lucy Marinkovich on being rejected as an artist despite your excellence

A fact of life: no one likes being rejected. As a professional artist, it’s inevitable you will cultivate an intimate relationship with rejection. I recently received an email that translated as the ultimate of break-up lines: “It’s not you, it’s me.” I’m usually quick to self-deprecate, but for once I believed them.

September 1, 2022

Phillip Mann MNZM died on Thursday 1 September 2022

Phillip Mann MNZM died on Thursday 1 September 2022

September 1, 2022

WRITER AND THEATRE DIRECTOR PHILLIP MANN DIES Writer and director Phillip Mann MNZM died on Thursday 1 September in Wellington.

A major contributor to the development of New Zealand theatre, Mann was the founding teacher at the country's first University drama department, at Victoria University Te Herenga Waka in 1970. He was also a leading theatre director, directing premieres of New Zealand work by Vincent O'Sullivan, Renee and Greg McGee, as well as scores of contemporary and classic plays and operas.

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