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Review: PERSUASION at Gryphon Theatre
by Neil Brewer - May 11, 2024


A collaboration that has led to a highly successful and entertaining production

Review: AURELIA at Howick Little Theatre
by Glenda Pearce - May 05, 2024


What did our critic think of AURELIA at Howick Little THEATRE?

Review: THE WIZARD OF OZ at Harlequin Musical Theatre
by Monica Moore - April 26, 2024


A great show for the school holidays- with great values, humour, colour and with the added bonus of a real Toto  dog on stage- what more could you want?

Review: LION KING JR at Hutt City Musical Theatre
by Neil Brewer - April 22, 2024


Watching the future of theatre here in Wellington, I see we will be well served in the future.

Review: NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 from Witch Music Theatre
by Neil Brewer - April 21, 2024


What did our critic think of NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 from Witch Music Theatre?

Review: THE GOLDEN ASS at Circa Theatre
by Neil Brewer - April 19, 2024


The Golden Ass is the only ancient Roman novel in Latin to survive in it's entirety. In this production, it is given some modern flavour whilst still maintaining the settings and heart of the story.

Review: EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Court Theatre
by Neil Brewer - April 17, 2024


Every Brilliant Thing is a one man show about depression and suicide. It is told through the voice of a child growing up through to adulthood finding a mechanism to cope with his mothers repeated attempts to take her life. 

Review: SEUSSICAL at Manukau Performing Arts
by Monica Moore - April 16, 2024


What did our critic think of SEUSSICAL at Manukau Performing Arts?

Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL by Act Three Productions
by Neil Brewer - April 13, 2024


What did our critic think of MATILDA THE MUSICAL by Act Three Productions?

Review: RENT by Kauri Theatre
by Neil Brewer - April 11, 2024


A very good production that is most definitely worth seeing if you are lucky enough to have a ticket. Recommended.

Review: TWO GUITARS at Circa Theatre
by Neil Brewer - March 24, 2024


What did our critic think of TWO GUITARS at Circa Theatre?

Review: MURDERED TO DEATH By Wellington Repertory at Gryphon Theatre
by Neil Brewer - March 20, 2024


Murdered to Death is a play written by Peter Gordon back in 1993. It was originally set in the drawing room of a country manor house in the 1930’s, and begins the first in a trilogy of plays starring Inspector Pratt. They are spoofs of the Agatha Christie whodunnit genre. See what our critic thought of the show!

Review: THE MOTHER at Mana Little Theatre
by Neil Brewer - March 13, 2024


The play is written by French playwright Florian Zeller and is a companion piece to his well known play The Father. While The Father deals with the the decline of the mind of an Alzheimers suffer, The Mother takes on the clinical depression of a woman adrift in middle age. 

Review: A FAT GIRLS CRY at Te Auaha
by Neil Brewer - March 12, 2024


A Fat Girl’s Cry is billed as a show about the importance of Plus Size Representation and Inclusion in the Musical Theatre Industry by taking a journey through Music, Singing, and Dance. 

Review: GRAND HORIZONS by Bess Wohl at HOWICK LITTLE THEATRE
by Glenda Pearce - March 01, 2024


What did our critic think of GRAND HORIZONS at HOWICK LITTLE THEATRE? 50 years – it’s a milestone in any marriage! Thousands of meals eaten together, years of dealing with everything marriage, cohabitation and parenthood can throw at you … Superbly directed with expertise by Penel Keegan with her eye for precision in detail, timing and well-crafted staging, Excellent from the entire cast with all the characters  played with physical and psychological truth, motivational credibility, well-shaped dialogue, and vivid facial expression.

MY FAVORITE THINGS: THE RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN 80th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Will Screen in Cinemas in Australia and New Zealand
by Stephi Wild - February 26, 2024


The star-studded My Favorite Things: The Rodgers & Hammerstein 80th Anniversary Concert, filmed last December, will be screened in more than 100 cinemas across Australia and New Zealand from 21st March 2024.

Review: A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE from Stagecraft at the Gryphon Theatre
by Neil Brewer - February 23, 2024


Superb production that held the audiences attention from start to finish - Arthur Miller is a legendary playwright, having penned classics such as Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.

Previews: AIGA at TE POU THEATRE
by Glenda Pearce - February 20, 2024


Exploring identity, family, and desire, AIGA is a show that ebbs, flows, dips forward into the wicked and tilts back toward the heavenly as we traverse through the experience of Lusi's beautiful and complex life story. Using music, movement and dramedy AIGA chronologically captures Lusi’s life from youth into adulthood, from 1960's Samoa, to the warrior that we bear witness to today.

Previews: O LE PEPELO, LE GAOI, MA LE PALA'AI - THE LIAR, THE THIEF AND THE COWARD at ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland
by Glenda Pearce - February 20, 2024


In the race to become chief, this gripping family saga explores the way of fa’a sāmoa in a modern world. The Auckland premiere of the darkly comic O le Pepelo, le Gaoi, ma le Pala’ai | The Liar, the Thief, and the Coward by Natano Keni and Sarita So plays at the ASB Waterfront Theatre 5 – 23 March as part of the 2024 Auckland Arts Festival.

Review: HYPERSPACE at ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland
by Glenda Pearce - February 11, 2024


What did our critic think of HYPERSPACE at ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland?

Review: LADS ON THE ISLAND at Circa Theatre
by Neil Brewer - February 04, 2024


What did our critic think of LADS ON THE ISLAND at Circa Theatre?

Review: JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Lower Hutt Little Theatre
by Neil Brewer - February 04, 2024


A touring show from a new New Zealand theatre company.

A Spectacle Of Pure Endurance THE BUTTERFLY WHO FLEW INTO THE RAVE Comes To Underground Nz Theatres To Indulge In The Pain
by A.A. Cristi - January 26, 2024


Oli Mathiesen with Lucy Lynch and Sharvon Mortimer present The Butterfly Who Flew Into The Rave, an endurance-based dance work to the seamless techno album Nocturbulous Behaviour by Suburban Knight.

Review: MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Shoreside Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre
by Glenda Pearce - January 24, 2024


What did our critic think of MEASURE FOR MEASURE at Shoreside Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre? What makes any Shakespeare production superb is the director’s ability to recognise the themes within Shakespeare’s text - his extraordinary ability to bring his characters to life by a turn of phrase, a pun, the looks they share, by a breath they take, by the pause they make, the jokes they make.

Review: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Shoreside Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre
by Glenda Pearce - January 22, 2024


What did our critic think of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at Shoreside Theatre, Pumphouse Theatre? It’s the second night of the Shoreside’s 28th Summer Shakespeare in the Park  – and indeed,  it’s an ideally warm midsummer evening with clear skies and stars – and an enthusiastic audience awaits -  filled with anticipation.


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