Review: Resolve – stellar jazz music inspired by stardust

Naomi van den Broek and Erin Harrington review Resolve at Space Academy, Thursday 27 May 2021. What would it sound like if we could hear the universe’s improvisations and movements as music? This question is explored in Resolve, which showcases new compositions and arrangements from jazz guitarist Heather Webb, in an evening presented as part… Continue reading Review: Resolve – stellar jazz music inspired by stardust

Review: Sing to Me – a powerful love story where land meets sea

Erin Harrington reviews Taki Rua's production of Sing to Me at Papa Hou, YMCA Building, on 25 May 2021. Taki Rua’s beautiful touring production Sing to Me takes as its starting point the story of Pania of the Reef, placing it within a contemporary context that acknowledges present-day cultural exchanges, the pressures of relationships and… Continue reading Review: Sing to Me – a powerful love story where land meets sea

Review: Boys – a raw and provocative account of gender and power

Erin Harrington reviews the Court Theatre Youth Company's production of Boys, 12 May 2021. The Court Theatre Youth Company's excellent production of Eleanor Bishop's Boys is a raw and angry show that asks questions about gender, power and tradition. Bishop’s script deconstructs Greg McGee’s landmark play Foreskin’s Lament, a scorching account of the fractious place… Continue reading Review: Boys – a raw and provocative account of gender and power

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: Ladies Night – bums on stage and bums on seats

Erin Harrington reviews opening night of the Court Theatre's mainstage production of Ladies Night, on 1 May, 2021. In the last week the Court Theatre has celebrated its 50th birthday – a remarkable milestone. It follows up these festivities with the opening of a terrific production of New Zealand’s most commercially successful play, Ladies Night.… Continue reading Review: Ladies Night – bums on stage and bums on seats

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

Review: Owls Do Cry – a complex and arrestingly poetic performance

Naomi van den Broek reviews Red Leap Theatre's touring production of Owls Do Cry at The Gym, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, Thursday 8 April, 2021. I attend this lunchtime performance of Owls Do Cry knowing very little about the source material, New Zealand author Janet Frame’s lauded 1957 novel, and just a… Continue reading Review: Owls Do Cry – a complex and arrestingly poetic performance

Review: The Amateur Amateur Dramatic Society – charming, darling, mwah, mwah

Erin Harrington reviews The Amateur Amateur Dramatic Society, a roaming show that developed over three afternoons during the last weekend of the Bread and Circus World Backyard Buskers Festival. This was originally published on Theatreview, in what may be their last review from Ōtautahi Christchurch. This year’s World Buskers Festival is, necessarily, a pared down… Continue reading Review: The Amateur Amateur Dramatic Society – charming, darling, mwah, mwah

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

Review: The Die – a portside deep-fried thriller

Ruth Agnew reviews The Die, a new drama by Joe Bennett, directed by Mike Friend and staged at Lyttelton Arts Factory. Joe Bennett’s tale of fried fish, fate and fatality is a localised kitchen sink drama that suits its Lyttleton setting beautifully. Mack is a portside version of Death of a Salesman's Willy Loman, who… Continue reading Review: The Die – a portside deep-fried thriller