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Theatre review: The Voice In My Head

  • 29 May, 2016 1:21pm
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  • 23 May, 2016 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
This is more of an illustrated lecture than a play; our presenters are purportedly two members of the first successful Everest expedition, but we don't really get to know them properly.
  • 18 Apr, 2016 2:03pm
  • 2 minutes to read
Listing racist remarks and restrictive stereotypes may seem simplistic at first, but this is mere preparation for some smart theatrics.

Review: Duck, Death and the Tulip

  • 8 Mar, 2016 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
The makers of this show have given themselves a challenge: they've attempted to adapt what is primarily adult literature for 4-8-year-olds.
  • 4 Mar, 2016 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
The hour-long work starts with a shaft of light spilling on to a large leaf as if through the forest canopy, before a spider walks over to a woman emerging from shadow.

Auckland Arts Festival: Beautiful, evocative and atmospheric but ...

  • 3 Mar, 2016 7:00pm
  • 2 minutes to read
The five featured women dance, create pretty moving tableaux and briefly sing songs. From the Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, Samoa, and Aotearoa, they're great, well-rehearsed performers.

Pep missing in cheeky classic

  • 2 Nov, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
This production, like a couple of other traditional-style Auckland Theatre Company shows this year, falls rather flat - and it's not just the off-key singing.

Recycling Breivik's body count on stage

  • 1 Oct, 2015 5:00am
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What Olaf Hojgaard finds - and what he becomes - is wide open to interpretation: are all the views misleading or odious or only some?
  • 30 Sep, 2015 6:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
At the start of this intellectually confronting and complex one-man play, Olaf Hojgaard (Edwin Wright) tells us he was watching the 2011 Tour de France telecast when he first heard about Anders Behring Breivik's politically-motivated murder.
  • 7 Sep, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
Auckland Theatre Company gives the translator of this gentle comedy - Tom Stoppard - as much billing as its French playwright Gerald Sibleyras, but those expecting sparkling Stoppardian wit and show-off intellectual depth will be disappointed.
  • 27 Jul, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
Bullet Heart Club is well-named: the outfit that produced Rochelle Bright's heartbreaker hit Daffodils now brings us Bright's shot at heart-stopping suspense.

News of the world of Murdoch

  • 29 Jun, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
Talented cast brilliantly directed but comedy crammed with information rather than telling story of his life.
  • 25 Jun, 2015 11:21am
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The athletic villains steal this Imperial Ice Stars storybook show from the start. You can detect the baddies by their black netting and heavy metal head scarves, and by the dry ice preceding their every arrival.

Writers Fest: 'A fan of losers'

  • 17 May, 2015 5:34pm
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  • 16 May, 2015 3:04pm
  • 5 minutes to read
Comedian and bestselling children’s author David Walliams recounted how the inspiration for one of his villains came from his experience judging Britain's Got Talent.
  • 4 May, 2015 5:00am
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Emily Perkins' A Doll's House is to Henrik Ibsen's original what Clueless is to Jane Austen's Emma: it's a wonderfully assured adaptation, writes Janet McAllister.
  • 30 Apr, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
One of New Zealand's most talented clowns makes magic out of nothing, alone in his spotlight, tights and singlet, Janet McAllister writes.

Theatre review: Portraits of a lonely man

  • 10 Apr, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
Existential loneliness is writ large in the three short Samuel Beckett solos presented here by actor/producer Edward Newborn and director Paul Gittins.
  • 9 Apr, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
A claustrophobic city slice of intriguing, aggressive and hyper-articulate characters whose vulnerability (and self-obsession) makes them rough each other up.

Review: The Kitchen, SkyCity Theatre

  • 16 Mar, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
Two cooks, high drama and hypnotic rhythms - yet this illustrated drumming show from South India is emphatically not some relaxed mix of My Kitchen Rules and Stomp!.

Janet McAllister reviews Skin of Fire

  • 7 Mar, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
It’s still spectacular stuff but doesn’t quite measure up to the group’s previous show, Janet McAllister writes.
  • 18 Feb, 2015 5:00am
  • 2 minutes to read
Auckland Theatre Company's season-opening comedy this year is a black slapstick that crowds in some favourite old gags - you know before they begin how they're going to turn out, but the comfortable....