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: 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: 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 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