Theatre Reviews

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Boys Will Be Boys | Silo Theatre

Forget Sex in the City. This is Melissa Bubnic’s scathing satire of sexism in the city and it’s a crackling ninety minutes. In a strong female-driven narrative, Boys Will Be Boys exposes not just the multiple glass ceilings that women face in the industries and systems wrought by men but, equally, how such institutions breed desperation, ruthlessness and betrayal in power games that…

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Venus In Fur | Auckland Theatre Company

Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 novella Venus in Furs is a literary accomplishment that has held sway over human sensibility ever since it was written. Originally part of a series that was to be called The Legacy of Cain, it was part of the first volume: Love. But love features little, or so it would seem, in David Ives’ play that had its Off Broadway premiere…

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Hippolytus Veiled | Theatrewhack

Oh my wife what have you done?   It’s not a line that playwright Nathan Joe has actually written in this inspired re-imagining of the Euripides classic but nevertheless it is the underlying, and at times overwhelming, sentiment of this epic tale. The story is set in Athens where we find a Queen abandoned and alone. Phaedra (Fiona Mogridge) has…

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Yours Truly | Te Rēhia Theatre Company

In 1888, London’s East End was besieged by a series of ruthless murders. The victims, all prostitutes, were carved up with gruesome anatomical dexterity. In the wake of these serial killings, a shadowy figure emerged: Jack the Ripper. This was the signature of (apparently) the self-confessed murderer who, through a letter now believed to be a fake, declared his handiwork…

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Badjelly the Witch | Tim Bray Productions

Children’s theatre needs to appeal to all ages. It has to be curious and filled with wonder for the wee ones, intelligent and challenging for those a tad older, mysterious and fast-paced for the teenagers – and still has to have something to appeal to all the adults for them to actually bring their children to the theatre. Badjelly the…

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Purapurawhetū

Almost ten years since its premiere Briar Grace-Smith’s timeless classic of love, loss and legacies once again takes to the stage – except this time the prized taonga is performed in te reo Māori. Under the stewardship of director Tainui Tukiwaho and producer Amber Curreen Purapurawhetū opened last night to a full house at Te Pou marking a key moment in…

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La Vie Dans Une Marionette | White Face Crew

It’s a Thursday night and there’s an air of eager anticipation amongst the audience that have gathered together in the Basement for La Vie Dans Une Marionette. Our usher, Jarod Rawiri, dressed meticulously in monochrome colours and replete with white kid gloves, a dab pencil moustache and of course white face paint, is the perfect effervescent host as he marshals…

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MEDEA | Silo Theatre

Silo’s production of Medea by Kate Mulvany and Anne-Louise Sarks (after Euripides) is utterly beautiful. We enter the world of Euripides’ epic tragedy through the bright disarray of a bedroom belonging to two young boys. There is a basketball beneath a desk, plastic bullets strewn across the room, a small aquarium, plenty of soft toys and every sign of the…

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The Elephant Thief | Indian Ink

Its 2066 and we’re in India. But it’s far from a world of super robots and flying cars. In fact things seem to have gone a tad pear shaped. For starters snap-chat is still being used and while security measures in the jails haven’t improved much disaster has struck in all manner of natural catastrophes. The ‘old world’ is reduced…

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