The 2018 Auckland Fringe is the first annual iteration of the festival - an organic result of the momentum created from the success of the 2017 Fringe. The Auckland Fringe has existed in various guises since 2009, but it wasn't until the current Festival Director Lydia Zanetti took over during make-or-break times, and carried off an explosive Auckland Fringe in 2017 that we've seen it start to show its teeth.BWW Review: PAN IS DEAD at Auckland Fringe February 20, 2018
Myth and dystopia collide in Pan is Dead, a new dark fantasy musical from Theatre of Love.In a society where gender is obsolete and equality achieved, will the desire to dominate bind people in different ways? Are we capable of obtaining utopia?
And who is Pan? A good shepherd or a lascivious predator?
I was pleased that I ventured into the woods to find out for myself.BWW Review: PARDON ME, ALAN TURING at Samoa House Auckland February 19, 2018
Who doesn't love a night of glamour and glitz and this year at the Northern Area Performance Arts Awards the cabaret show has the theme Mkurder Moulin Rouge Style. Theatrical superstar Kit Haines is directing and promises excitement plus when Auckland Community Theatre supporters get together to celebrate, recognise and appreciate all those who make theatre 'happen' and keep it alive.BWW Review: UNDER THE MOUNTAIN at ASB Waterfront Auckland February 9, 2018
Bringing a book about volcanoes, tunnels, mud aliens and magical stones to the stage makes for some unique challenges and there had been a lot of talk of how it could be staged. Director Sara Brodie, who gained notoriety with her direction of the highly successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Auckland Theatre Company 2016), has melded a technical team who have created a landscape of tension , thrill and drama for the performers to tell their story.BWW Review: JEKYLL & HYDE at Pumphouse Theatre Takapuna November 29, 2017
Creating an atmosphere of eerie drama in Victorian London has been successfully achieved by North Shore Music Theatre's Production of Jekyll and Hyde on at the Pumphouse Theatre, Takapuna.BWW Review: SISTER ACT at ASB Waterfront Auckland November 27, 2017
'Get thee to a nunnery' now has a whole new meaning after seeing Sister Act at the ASB Waterfront Theatre on Saturday night. The audience loved it, their energetic clapping and 'wa-hoos' said it all, with most jumping to their feet during the final number.BWW Review: RED SPEEDO at ASB Waterfront Auckland November 9, 2017
A big tick for Manukau Performing Arts' production of Sweet Charity. They have gathered top talent to create a great night's entertainment. Megan O'Reily is Charity Hope Valentine, the big eyed, tarnish-proof waif who gives her last dime to the less fortunate and her heart to any guy who will look her way. O'Reily's role is huge and she superb. One cannot help but love her. She's the deal real. The production benefits further with a stellar supporting cast and ensemble.BWW Review: SUNSET BOULEVARD at Playhouse Theatre Auckland September 25, 2017
'That Bloody Woman' brings a new, fresh vitality to the world stage' It touches the spirit of humanity and packages it in a powerful mix of sexy-punk juxtaposed with the historically authentic, smokey haze, flashy lighting and emotionally charged totally awesome music that will literally rock you.BWW Review: LAST LEGS at ASB Waterfront Auckland September 19, 2017
Hall's characters exemplify that age does not wither, eccentricities are accented, reputations less important and the quest for satisfaction and meaning from life heightens as the reality of mortality looms closer. Join the swindling Garry and Trish, the disillusioned Helena and her ageing husband Angus as they encounter the sexy Kitty and the practical Edna at the swanky Cambridge Retirement Home on the North Shore of Auckland. The very elderly Shelia, Eve, Joyce and Jessie also shed their own brand of 'old' as mortality looms.BWW Previews: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN at Off Broadway Papakura Auckland July 13, 2017
Glizty, intriguing AND a true story! Papakura Theatre Company's 'Catch Me If You Can' is a extravaganza of singing, dancing and a brilliant story line. As a bonus there's a 12 piece jazz band on stage comprising of some of Auckland's top musicians led by Musical Director Edwin Randell.BWW Review: IN THE HEIGHTS at Spotlight Theatre Papatoetoe July 10, 2017
As the curtain rose on the opening scene of Auckland Theatre Company's Amadeus my ageing aesthetic senses were overwhelmed but like a kid unleashed at a new playground I moved from sensory overload to great joy as the stunning artistry before me sunk in. It was simply beautiful.BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Off Broadway Papakura April 21, 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 characterisation.BWW Review: THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK at CentreStage Orewa 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 performersresults in a refreshing night of entertainment.