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

Performance, connectivity and care: Tīwai’s Te Pūtake and White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Erin Harrington writes about dance collective Tīwai's research showing of new work Te Pūtake at Movement Art Practice, 29 April 2022, and returns to JMO Theatrics' White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, which ran at Little Andromeda from 13-17 April, 2022. At the beginning of contemporary dance work Te Pūtake, from collective Tīwai (Rebecca Johnson, Kereana Mosen… Continue reading Performance, connectivity and care: Tīwai’s Te Pūtake and White Rabbit, Red Rabbit

Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – a one-of-a-kind absurdist experiment

Erin Harrington reviews White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, presented by JMO Theatrics, at Little Andromeda, Wednesday 13 April 2022. It is hard to write about White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, presented at Little Andromeda by JMO Theatrics, as anything said could stray into a violation of its central conceit. What we do know, and can say: Iranian… Continue reading Review: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit – a one-of-a-kind absurdist experiment

Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery – sequins, shade, and big chaos energy

Erin Harrington reviews Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery, presented by Les Femmes at Little Andromeda, 24 March 2022. The smell of poisoned lip gloss is in the air at the debut of Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery. The show features Auckland-based drag cabaret act Les Femmes - Miss Manage (Jeremy Hinman),… Continue reading Review: Drop Dead Gorgeous! A Drag Murder Miss-tery – sequins, shade, and big chaos energy

Review: Daybreak Estate – last drinks at the end of the world

Erin Harrington reviews Daybreak Estate, presented by All You Can Eat Productions at Little Andromeda, 17 March 2022. Choreographer Jessie McCall’s hour-long work Daybreak Estate is a wickedly funny, provocative and ultimately profound piece of dance theatre. It invites us to a bougie influencer retreat at the end of the world, where the only things… Continue reading Review: Daybreak Estate – last drinks at the end of the world

Review: Thief! – charismatic personality, magnetic storytelling

Ruth Agnew reviews Thief!, by Kelly Hocking, at Little Andromeda, Friday 12 November. “I always forget how early people turn up for garage sales. Like, you’re really early!” Writer/performer Kelly Hocking opens her semi-quasi-pseudo-autobiographical solo show with a yard sale and a sardonic drawl. Her life story is told through comedic re-enactments, snippets of iconic,… Continue reading Review: Thief! – charismatic personality, magnetic storytelling

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: Asian Kiwiana – elevating the voices of young Asian New Zealanders

Ruth Agnew reviews Asian Kiwiana from Yugto Productions at Little Andromeda on Friday 18 June 2021. Please note, this review is not impartial; the Asian Kiwiana cast, crew and creatives sang their way into this Chiwi chick’s (Chiwi= Chinese New Zealander) heart. It’s hard to view a show impartially when your eyes are full of… Continue reading Review: Asian Kiwiana – elevating the voices of young Asian New Zealanders

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: TOAST – a compassionate comedy about loving our bodies

Naomi van den Broek reviews TOAST at Little Andromeda, 3 June 2021. What if women truly loved their bodies? This question is at the heart of physical theatre work TOAST by company Zen Zen Zo NZ. This is a contemporary devised work that utilises material sourced verbatim from the experiences of people during lockdown(s), and… Continue reading Review: TOAST – a compassionate comedy about loving our bodies