Lexie Matheson ONZM

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Lexie has been active in the professional performing arts since 1970, joining the Theatre Corporate company under Raymond Hawthorne in 1976 where she remained as a member of the company until April 1979. Following seasons at The Fortune and at Centrepoint she formed her own company based at Whanganui’s Four Seasons Theatre specialising in performances of New Zealand works in schools for young people as well as main bill productions.

Moving then to Kirikiriroa Hamilton and later to Ōtautahi Christchurch, Lexie formed Troupers Live Theatrix based at The Arts Centre of Christchurch and, while continuing to tour schools, she created many main bill productions and, until 1998, ran a small theatre school.

Lexie was a member of the Christchurch Theatre Trust Board for eight years, acted in numerous productions at the Court Theatre, completed four terms on the NZ Theatre Federation National Executive and eight years as Deputy Chair of the Christchurch Community Arts Council.

Following funded travel to the UK, EU, US, and Canada to study Shakespeare production, she settled in Auckland and took up the role of Business Manager at Auckland University’s Maidment Theatre. After eight years in this role Lexie was appointed Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology leading the Event Management academic programmes until 2016 when she added the role of Academic Equity Leader to her portfolio.

Lexie began her reviewing work with the Whanganui Chronicle in 1980 and has since reviewed for The Listener, The Christchurch Star, The Christchurch Press (five years) and for www.gaynz.com. She has reviewed for Theatreview since 2009 and has been Associate Editor (Auckland) since 2022.

Lexie Matheson ONZM's reviews

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Auckland

10/06/2015 - 15/06/2015

"Well liked..

TREATS

Auckland

04/06/2015 - 13/06/2015

"Substantive..

"Something to think about and discuss..

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CLUB PARADISO

Auckland, Wellington

02/06/2015 - 17/08/2019

"Shocking, surprising, insightful..

"It doesn’t get better – or scarier – than this..

DEATH AND THE MAIDEN

Auckland

28/05/2015 - 13/06/2015

"Stakes too Low..

"Ambiguity creates unsettling power..

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CHEKHOV GONE WILDE

Auckland

20/05/2015 - 30/05/2015

"Flashes of glory, sadness, silliness and great humanity..

NOT ABOUT HEROES

Auckland

01/05/2015 - 07/05/2015

"Rich and satisfying..

BEARDS! BEARDS! BEARDS!

Wellington, Dunedin, Nelson, Havelock North, Auckland, Edinburgh, Scotland

12/03/2015 - 28/08/2016

"Colourful characters, catchy songs, plenty of energy, great fun!..

"Full and delicious with a heart and a message..

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GREEDY CAT

Auckland

28/03/2015 - 18/04/2015

"Bray’s best..

ON THE CONDITIONS AND POSSIBILITIES OF HILLARY CLINTON TAKING ME AS HER YOUNG LOVER

Nelson, Hamilton, Edinburgh, Scotland, Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington, Havelock North, Takaka, NYC, USA

16/02/2015 - 08/10/2016

"The real presidential debate..

"Top-notch satire ★★★★★..

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THE NON-SURGEONS GUIDE TO THE APPENDECTOMY

Auckland

03/03/2015 - 07/03/2015

"We lost the patient..

"More to be achieved..

THE RIVER TALKS

Auckland

25/02/2015 - 27/02/2015

"Unique and fascinating theatre with a message..

VOW

Auckland

25/02/2015 - 27/02/2015

"Performed with confidence and that hint of arrogance that comes from sincerity..

WANTED THOUGHTS: Mike Loader

Auckland, Wellington

24/02/2015 - 12/03/2015

"Insightful and bold..

"A serious comedian with great skills..

THE AROHA PROJECT - Room 1334

Auckland

14/02/2015 - 14/02/2015

"Disturbing truth in action with great production values..

MATTHEW HARVEY BLOWS UP!

Auckland

14/02/2015 - 28/02/2015

"Fun, funny, political, rich in irony, sharp in satire..

ROMEO AND JULIET

Auckland

04/12/2014 - 13/12/2014

"Timeless tale of love gets shot in the arm from young Shakespeareans..

"Keeping it real, spontaneous and new..

MOTHER COURAGE and her Children

Auckland

31/10/2014 - 08/11/2014

"‘Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose’..

THE TAUTAI OF DIGITAL WINDS

Auckland

05/08/2014 - 16/08/2014

"Digital Winds Blow Fierce But Too Long..

"Fascinating, rich in emotion, performed with passion..

THE GOOD SOUL OF SZECHUAN

Auckland

26/07/2014 - 17/08/2014

"Brecht-Through Experience..

"Funny, outrageous, unpleasant at times yet very moving..

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PŪTŌRINO HILL

Auckland, Wellington

01/07/2014 - 19/07/2014

"Period piece a cutting take on realities of modern New Zealand..

"A profound work of considerable theatrical dexterity..

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LADY RIZO

Auckland

05/06/2014 - 08/06/2014

"Fabulosity, audacity and infectious charm..

TWELFTH NIGHT

Auckland

30/05/2014 - 07/06/2014

"A rollicking good night sans melancholy..