Theatre Reviews

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Black Lover | Auckland Theatre Company

Stanley Makuwe’s recent Auckland Theatre Company playwriting debut Black Lover is a landmark event — both for audiences in Tāmaki Makaurau to witness the storytelling skills of a local black playwright, and also, as a first for our flagship company. It’s a well-written drama that follows the interactions between former Rhodesian Prime Minister, Garfield Todd and his loyal cook Steady.…

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Emilia | Pop-up Globe

Miriama McDowell’s Emilia is the final production to grace the Pop-up Globe before it closes permanently for us here in Aotearoa — and what a beautifully crafted gift she has bequeathed. In an all-female cast, the story of Shakespeare’s lover, Emilia Bassano  (made famous by Will’s sonnets to the ‘Dark Lady’) replaces the Bard’s traditional plays. Written by Morgan Lloyd…

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Little Black Bitch | Tuatara Collective

Every now and then you see a really powerful show. It might not be big, it might not have all the gimmicks and fancy effects of big musical productions but its production values are solid and it touches you deeply. Jason Te Mete’s award-winning play Little Black Bitch is that show. Firstly, the title does little for the production itself .…

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Have You Ever Been With An Asian Womxn; Taurite; The Wall | Auckland Fringe 2020

From the creators of Go Home Curry Mucha, Gemishka Chetty and Aiwa Pooamorn return to the stage with a tangy slice of the fetished world of ‘exotic’ women. Have You Ever Been With An Asian Womxn? offers vignettes into the deeply frustrated and emotionally exhausted lives of Asian women who continue to suffer from the demeaning impacts of the colonial…

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Take the Crown | Auckland Pride 2020

Presented by The Others Club, the development season of Take the Crown is a solid show that punches well above its weight. The cast are committed, the narrative is strong and most importantly, the predictable cliches are effortlessly turned on their head. The show is made by the queer community for the queer community – and that point is made poignantly, effectively and…

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My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak | Silo Theatre

My Heart Goes Thadak Thadakis an ode to 1970’s Bollywood cinema and the big dreams of a production company on the verge of collapse. Written and directed by one of New Zealand’s most influential artists, Ahi Karunaharan, ‘Thadak Thadak’ is a production that doesn’t just deserve to be seen – it needs to be seen. Set among the paraphernalia of a studio film set, the stage is replete…

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Au Ko Tuvalu | Tavita Nielsen-Mamea

“It doesn’t feel like we are being saved, it feels like we are being moved.” It’s one of the many touching moments in writer, director and producer Tavita Nielsen-Mamea’s play Au Ko Tuvalu, a deep cry for the loss of one’s beloved country. Laced with humour, the play is set in the not-too-distant future and follows the last 24 hours for a trio of climate refugee siblings preparing…

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The Blind Date Project | Silo Theatre

Five years after Natalie Medlock’ character went on a blind-date intensive, ‘Anna’ is back in 2019 with a mission to give love another chance. This time, however, it’s not the Basement, but Q theatre’s Loft that’s decked out with cosy tables, a karaoke get-up and a fully functioning bar looked after by the grim Yvette Parsons. The premise is simple.…

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PINAY| Proudly Asian Theatre

Written by Filipina-New Zealand playwright Marianne Infante, PINAY follows the journey of a family who leave the Philippines to travel to Christchurch in 1999 to begin a new life. Hardworking migrant parents, young children who are immersed into life in Aotearoa – there are plenty of familiar events in the journey of settling down and settling into life in Ōtautahi,…

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A Fine Balance | Auckland Theatre Company

“How quickly you forget the emergency and the desperate measures of our Prime Minister – and now she’s assassinated!” Rohinton Mistry’s A Fine Balance is a poignant reflection on India’s authoritarianism during Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s reign, specifically the state of emergency from 1975-77. Adapted by Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith, this production is directed by the versatile theatrical maestro…

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