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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

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: Transfigured Night – a bold collaborative programme that doesn’t always cohere

Naomi van den Broek reviews Chamber Music New Zealand's production Transfigured Night, a collaboration between BalletCollective Aotearoa and the New Zealand String Quartet. The performance was presented on Saturday 20 March in The Piano: Centre for Music and the Arts Pīpīwharauroa: Kui-kui whitiwhiti ora, Ōtautahi Christchurch. For this programme, presented by Chamber Music New Zealand,… Continue reading Review: Transfigured Night – a bold collaborative programme that doesn’t always cohere

Review: Things I Know to be True – complex family dynamics on and off stage

Ruth Agnew reviews Things I Know to be True, an Australian family drama written by Andrew Bovell, directed by Shane Bosher, and staged at The Court Theatre. Set in the suburban home of Australian empty nesters Bob and Fran Price (Stephan Lovett and Lara MacGregor), Things I Know to be True explores the complexity of… Continue reading Review: Things I Know to be True – complex family dynamics on and off stage

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