Review: Dan Bain: Variations on the Same Joke – acerbic comedy about jokes (about jokes)

Erin Harrington reviews Dan Bain: Variations on the Same Joke, at Little Andromeda, 29 July 2021. Earlier this week, for very serious professional reasons, I was reading responses to the way that the final scenes of the finale of Seinfeld in 1998 (a very topical reference) gestured to existential philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s play “No Exit”.… Continue reading Review: Dan Bain: Variations on the Same Joke – acerbic comedy about jokes (about jokes)

Review: Present – a sweet improv show about giving and receiving

Erin Harrington reviews Present at Little Andromeda, 18 June 2021. Gift-giving can be wonderful but perilous business that reveals insightful (and awkward) truths about ourselves, our relationships, and social rules that generally go unsaid. Veteran improvisers Laura Irish and Jeff Clark explore some of these points of friction in Present, a gentle and endearing long-form… Continue reading Review: Present – a sweet improv show about giving and receiving

Review: Brunch – a comedy show that’s the best meal of the day

Ruth Agnew reviews the breakfast television show parody Brunch at Little Andromeda, 30 April 2021. Brunch is the most comfortable of all meals, free of the formality and nutritional expectations of breakfast, lunch, dinner, brinner, elevenses, and supper. Two of Ōtautahi’s favourite tasty snacks, Ray Shipley and Emma Cusdin are, as their promotional material suggests,… Continue reading Review: Brunch – a comedy show that’s the best meal of the day

Review: The Lost Sock – an endearing show about socks, jocks, and friendship

Erin Harrington reviews The Lost Sock, at Good Times Comedy Club, 20 April 2021. Tusk Puppets’ production The Lost Sock is an endearing school holiday show for young people that foregrounds friendship, teamwork and bravery. Their first show as a company is a witty quest-slash-redemption story driven by strong, catchy songs and effective dual address. Puppet operators and… Continue reading Review: The Lost Sock – an endearing show about socks, jocks, and friendship

Taking Up Space: A reflection on The F-Word, MAINMAN and Feminist Yarns with Kathleen Burns

Erin Harrington reflects on issues of space and autonomy in three gender-focussed shows that played over two nights at Little Andromeda: feminist cabaret The F-Word by Tatjana T on Friday 26 March, and Two Productions' MAINMAIN, and the panel show / podcast Feminist Yarns with Kathleen Burns on Saturday 27 March 2021. About two thirds… Continue reading Taking Up Space: A reflection on The F-Word, MAINMAN and Feminist Yarns with Kathleen Burns

Review: Hardcase Hori Housie – a night of games where everybody wins

Erin Harrington reviews Hardcase Hori Housie, which is playing in the Bread and Circus: World Backyard Buskers Festival 2021. This review originally appeared on Theatreview as part of their festival coverage. Hardcase Hori Housie is an interactive night of song, stories and games, offered as one of three evening cabaret-style productions as part of this year’s Backyard… Continue reading Review: Hardcase Hori Housie – a night of games where everybody wins