Review: Rent – vital, muscular musical theatre

Erin Harrington reviews Rent, book / music / lyrics by Jonathan Larson, directed by Lara Macgregor, at The Court Theatre, Friday 19 November 2022. The Court Theatre has had a patchy year. Many shows were cancelled, mucked about or rescheduled, and the year’s standout production – The Māori Sidesteps, wonderful – was chronically underattended. But… Continue reading Review: Rent – vital, muscular musical theatre

Review: A Boy Called Piano – offering voices to the voiceless

Erin Harrington reviews A Boy Called Piano, presented by The Conch and directed by Nina Nawalowalo, at The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts / Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora, Friday 21 October 2022. The Conch’s stage production of A Boy Called Piano begins with a voiceover from co-creator Fa’amoana John Luafutu, accompanied by swirling… Continue reading Review: A Boy Called Piano – offering voices to the voiceless

Review: The Māori Sidesteps – a satirical blend of music and mischief

Erin Harrington reviews The Māori Sidesteps at The Court Theatre, Thursday 22 September 2022. The Māori Sidesteps brings us to a party where everyone’s invited. This big-hearted production, presented at The Court Theatre, has been a victim of Covid rescheduling, but it’s been worth waiting for. The five performers – Erroll Anderson, Cohen Holloway, Regan… Continue reading Review: The Māori Sidesteps – a satirical blend of music and mischief

Review: Back to Square One? – meaningful storytelling about connection (and cake)

Erin Harrington reviews Back to Square One?, performed and directed by Anders Falstie-Jensen for The Rebel Alliance Theatre Company, at Little Andromeda, Thursday 25 August 2022. Truly lo-fi theatre is criminally underrated. The best works are magical and impactful, but you really have to know what you're doing to conjure something from nothing. Anders Falstie-Jensen’s… Continue reading Review: Back to Square One? – meaningful storytelling about connection (and cake)

Review: Flagons and Foxtrots – fun and frothy Kiwi nostalgia

Erin Harrington reviews Flagons and Foxtrots, written by Alison Quigan and Ross Gumbley, and directed by Kathleen Burns, at The Court Theatre, Monday 15 August, 2022. Flagons and Foxtrots is a concentrated comic dose of Kiwi nostalgia that revisits the dance halls – and the gender roles – of the 1960s. The play premiered in… Continue reading Review: Flagons and Foxtrots – fun and frothy Kiwi nostalgia

Review: My NIGHTMARE Wedding – a dream immersive comedy

Erin Harrington reviews My NIGHTMARE Wedding by Play Space Productions at The Quarters at Riccarton House and Bush, Monday 18 July 2022. In Play Space Productions’ interactive show My Nightmare Wedding, we’re at the historic Riccarton House for the dream wedding of sweethearts Abigail and Charlie, and anything that can go wrong is honestly going… Continue reading Review: My NIGHTMARE Wedding – a dream immersive comedy

Review: Shift Your Paradigm (No Chairs Required) – a high-energy deconstruction of a scam

Erin Harrington reviews Shift Your Paradigm (No Chairs Required) at Little Andromeda, Thursday 14 July, 2022. Shift Your Paradigm (No Chairs Required) brings us into the shady world of multi-level marketing. The schtick of this high-energy black comedy, created by Wellington-based artists David Bowers-Mason and Mitchell Botting, is that we are the in-person audience at… Continue reading Review: Shift Your Paradigm (No Chairs Required) – a high-energy deconstruction of a scam

Review: Nepal – an intimate adventure with a very big heart

Erin Harrington reviews Nepal, devised and performed by Christopher Alan Moore, at Little Andromeda, Saturday 9 July 2022. As we come in to see the fantastic one-man show Nepal, actor Christopher Alan Moore is on-stage, sitting on an ordinary chair in a long-sleeved tee and rugby shorts, noodling around on his guitar. Guitar down, a… Continue reading Review: Nepal – an intimate adventure with a very big heart

Review: The Girl on the Train – innovative, immersive, but empty

Erin Harrington reviews The Court Theatre's production of The Girl on the Train, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel from Paula Hawkins' novel, directed by Holly Chappell, Friday 21 May, 2022. The Court Theatre has been as much a victim of the pandemic as any other company that stages big shows and relies on… Continue reading Review: The Girl on the Train – innovative, immersive, but empty

Review: Hysterical – personal, political, poetic

Erin Harrington reviews Hysterical, by Carrie Rudzinksi and Olivia Hall, at Little Andromeda, Thursday 12 May 2022. Hysterical is heart-on-its-sleeve confessional storytelling that marries the personal and intimate to the political and polemical. The show is the second full-length show created by Auckland-based performance poets Olivia Hall (a Kiwi) and Carrie Rudzinski (an American), hardcore… Continue reading Review: Hysterical – personal, political, poetic