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BWW Review: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED at Auckland Music Theatre Company At Westpoint Performing Arts Centre BWW Review: EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED at Auckland Music Theatre Company At Westpoint Performing Arts Centre
by Monica Moore - March 14, 2017

Auckland Music Theatre Company has sold out for it's cabaret season of 'Expect the Unexpected'. After the opening night hype there was a rush for tickets and this speaks volumes. The show is a potpourri of cleverly crafted entertainment. The vocals are stunning and supported by great moves and chara... (more...)
BWW Review: THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at CentreStage Orewa BWW Review: THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at CentreStage Orewa
by Monica Moore - March 10, 2017

Bravo to CentreStage Theatre company for their choice of show. Writers Dempsey and Rowe have provided a wealth of witty and tuneful material which, combined with some clever staging and talented performers results in a refreshing night of entertainment.... (more...)
BWW Review: PETER GYNT [RECYCLED] at ASB Waterfront Theatre Auckland BWW Review: PETER GYNT [RECYCLED] at ASB Waterfront Theatre Auckland
by Monica Moore - March 10, 2017

The applause received by the cast of 'Peter Gynt [recylced] after the opening night performance was strong, appreciative and long; extended by an audience who had indeed been taken on a 'wild ride'. The presence of the writer, called up to the stage was appropriate. Bravo.... (more...)
BWW Review: MEA TAU at Basement Theatre Auckland BWW Review: MEA TAU at Basement Theatre Auckland
by Monica Moore - March 01, 2017

I found Kennar's work and the performance so engaging that time became timeless as I feasted on the enthralling piece that unfolded before me. My mind was guided to the connections of movement and message through both the strengths and frailty of human nature.... (more...)
BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Gore Musical Theatre BWW Review: AVENUE Q at Gore Musical Theatre
by Monica Moore - November 14, 2016

Avenue Q is a multi-faceted, clever piece of theatre that requires complex and expertly delivered theatre techniques that would challenge the most knowledgeable and experienced theatre practitioners. Yet Gore Musical Theatre, a community theatre group in a rural town of 12 500, have produced this... (more...)
BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT at ASB Waterfront Theatre BWW Review: BILLY ELLIOT at ASB Waterfront Theatre
by Monica Moore - October 17, 2016

Billy Elliot is the first production in the new ASB Waterfront theatre. Auckland Theatre Company's new home is a stunning venue with acoustics second to none.... (more...)
BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at the Isaac Theatre Royal BWW Review: SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET at the Isaac Theatre Royal
by Sam Jury - October 14, 2016

Stephen Sondheim's epic musical thriller Sweeney Todd opened last night at Christchurch's Isaac Theatre Royal, its final stop on a tour across New Zealand. A joint collaboration between New Zealand Opera and Victorian Opera, this gritty and wonderfully stylised production emphasises the most operati... (more...)
BWW Review: VENUS IN FUR; Raw and Edgy at The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre Auckland BWW Review: VENUS IN FUR; Raw and Edgy at The Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre Auckland
by Monica Moore - August 22, 2016

Sexual politics, jealousy, conformity, idealism and expectation are stripped bare to the basics of raw desire, satisfaction and emotional need.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LA TRAVIATA at the Isaac Theatre Royal BWW Reviews: LA TRAVIATA at the Isaac Theatre Royal
by Sam Jury - July 16, 2016

Giuseppe Verdi's operatic masterpiece La Traviata opened triumphantly at the Isaac Theatre Royal in Christchurch last night to a capacity audience. This production marks a welcome return by New Zealand Opera to the theatre that, following an extensive restoration from the Canterbury earthquakes of t... (more...)
BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre BWW Review: THE MAGIC FLUTE at ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre
by Sam Jury - June 23, 2016

New Zealand Opera's new production of Mozart's final opera The Magic Flute is an absolute delight. The Magic Flute (or Die Zauberflote) tells the story of Prince Tamino's quest for his Princess Pamina through a fairytale dream-world where she is held captive by the wizard Sarastro. Aided by his impu... (more...)
BWW Review:  DAFFODILS [INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS] Is A Beautifully Presented Story Of Love, Life And Family Secrets BWW Review: DAFFODILS [INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS] Is A Beautifully Presented Story Of Love, Life And Family Secrets
by Jade Kops - May 13, 2016

New Zealand's Rochelle Bright's tribute to her parents plays out in the poignant cabaret DAFFODILS [INSPIRED BY TRUE EVENTS].... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Isaac Theatre Royal BWW Review: MAMMA MIA! at the Isaac Theatre Royal
by Sam Jury - April 01, 2016

The international smash-hit musical Mamma Mia! opened last night in Christchurch at the beautifully restored Isaac Theatre Royal. It is the first of three hotly anticipated musicals to be put on by Showbiz Christchurch this year as part of a national consortium of theatre production partners.... (more...)
BWW Reviews: LOVE AND INFORMATION at The Basement Theatre BWW Reviews: LOVE AND INFORMATION at The Basement Theatre
by Sam Jury - November 19, 2015

Love and Information by the acclaimed British playwright Caryl Churchill opened last night at the Basement Theatre on Queen Street in a very polished new production produced by The Actors' Program and Last Tapes Theatre Company. The tagline reads: Sixteen Actors. Over 100 Characters. A Snapshot of l... (more...)
BWW Review: MAMIL: MIDDLE AGED MAN IN LYCRA at The Court Theatre BWW Review: MAMIL: MIDDLE AGED MAN IN LYCRA at The Court Theatre
by Sam Jury - October 14, 2015

Mark Hadlow excels in his hilarious one-man show MAMIL: Middle Aged Man in Lycra in a sell-out season at Christchurch's Court Theatre. Written and directed by Gregory Cooper, MAMIL plays to all Hadlow's strengths as an actor and gives him ample opportunity for humour with a good dose of clowning aro... (more...)
BWW Review: TOSCA at the Aotea Centre BWW Review: TOSCA at the Aotea Centre
by Sam Jury - September 21, 2015

NBR New Zealand Opera has been going from strength to strength over recent years, and this latest production of Tosca is no exception. Cleverly set during the Cold War era of Italy during the 1950s, this production stars two internationally famous New Zealanders, the tenor Simon O'Neill and the b... (more...)
BWW Review: ALL YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS FULFILLED FOREVER at the Q Theatre Loft BWW Review: ALL YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS FULFILLED FOREVER at the Q Theatre Loft
by Sam Jury - September 17, 2015

Following on from successful seasons at BATS Theatre in Wellington and the famed La Mama Theatre in New York City, the five-time Chapman Trip Theatre Award nominated play All Your Wants and Needs Fulfilled Forever is a surreal existential comedy set in a hyper-realised modern age of internet-saturat... (more...)
BWW Review: CATS at the Civic Theatre BWW Review: CATS at the Civic Theatre
by Sam Jury - September 12, 2015

The latest West End revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash-hit musical Cats kicked off its Australasian tour last night to a packed Civic Theatre in Auckland. Nominated for two Olivier Awards (including best revival) this production of Cats was put together by the original creative team of the award... (more...)
BWW Review: ERNEST RUTHERFORD: EVERYONE CAN SCIENCE!  at the Basement Theatre BWW Review: ERNEST RUTHERFORD: EVERYONE CAN SCIENCE! at the Basement Theatre
by Sam Jury - September 09, 2015

Nic Sampson returns to the Basement Theatre as The Lord Ernest Rutherford of Nelson following a successful debut run of Ernest Rutherford: Everyone Can Science! in May 2013. Sampson (Billy T nominee 2015 and head writer for the Jono and Ben Show) writes and stars in this hilarious one man comedy abo... (more...)
BWW Reviews: SAVING GRACE BWW Reviews: SAVING GRACE
by Tim Bain - March 17, 2010

When writing reviews or your thoughts on a piece of theatre you sometimes feel like you are repeating yourself, every review you must say if a show was either good or bad, you try to justify it, you can even talk about the entire show. Saving Grace is different, different because how does one write ... (more...)
BWW Reviews: HOME LAND - Hard to Beat BWW Reviews: HOME LAND - Hard to Beat
by Tim Bain - March 10, 2010

There comes a point in every show where you make the decision if you like it or not, sometimes it could be half way, others it could be five minutes in (as bad as that is, it happens), but in most cases though it is at the end after you have talked about it, thought about it and reflected. This was ... (more...)
BWW REVIEWS: SCARED SCRIPTLESS - Unscripted Perfection BWW REVIEWS: SCARED SCRIPTLESS - Unscripted Perfection
by Tim Bain - December 21, 2009

The final performance of 2009 year for the Court Jesters and what utter perfection is was. For those over the globe who don't know what Scared Scriptless is, let me explain. For nineteen years a 'troupe' of improvisers create and delight each and every Friday for their audience scenes made up out of... (more...)