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Review: MAMMA MIA! at Civic Theatre, Invercargill Photo Review: MAMMA MIA! at Civic Theatre, Invercargill
by Neil Brewer - July 16, 2024

Mamma Mia! is a jukebox musical featuring the timeless songs of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA. It is set on a picturesque Greek island and tells the story of a young bride-to-be, her mother and three possible fathers....

Review: HANDBAGGED by Stagecraft Photo Review: HANDBAGGED by Stagecraft
by Neil Brewer - July 09, 2024

An outstanding play performed by an outstanding cast...

Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Circa Theatre Photo Review: SENSE AND SENSIBILITY at Circa Theatre
by Neil Brewer - July 09, 2024

“Sense and Sensibility” is a classic novel by Jane Austen, published anonymously in three volumes in 1811. It offers a vivid depiction of 19th-century middle-class life in England, following the romantic relationships of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood....

Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS at Howick Little Theatre Photo Review: AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS at Howick Little Theatre
by Glenda Pearce - July 07, 2024

Looking for family theatre – for the July holidays – this is definitely worth investigating. Get along on this exciting journey! Even if you’re not usually live theatre goers, this latest treat at HOWICK LITTLE THEATRE will definitely appeal to school aged children, parents and grandparents… and it’...

Review: NICOLA CHEESEMAN IS BACK at Herald Theatre Photo Review: NICOLA CHEESEMAN IS BACK at Herald Theatre
by Monica Moore - July 08, 2024

Kathryn Burnett's insightful script, coupled with Jodie Rimmer’s extraordinary performance, makes this show a must-see for anyone seeking poignant reflections on resilience, identity, and the pursuit of happiness. And a damn good belly-aching laugh....

Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Court Theatre Photo Review: SOMETHING ROTTEN! at Court Theatre
by Neil Brewer - July 08, 2024

Something Rotten! premiered on Broadway in 2015 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards. It is the story of the Bottom brothers, Nick and Nigel, who strive for success in the theatrical world as they compete with their incredibly popular competitor, one William Shakespeare. Desperate to out-Bard the B...

Review: FIVE GO ON AN ADVENTURE at Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland Photo Review: FIVE GO ON AN ADVENTURE at Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland
by Glenda Pearce - June 30, 2024

What did our critic think of FIVE GO ON AN ADVENTURE at Pumphouse Theatre, Auckland?...

Review: WHEN HARRIET MET SALLY by New Players Theatre Company Photo Review: WHEN HARRIET MET SALLY by New Players Theatre Company
by Neil Brewer - June 24, 2024

When Harriet met Sally by Cherol Filbee is a short one act play that centres on two main characters, Sally a florist who is about to go on a short holiday with her new man and Harriet, his wife....

Review: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Bats Theatre Photo Review: HEARTBREAK HOTEL at Bats Theatre
by Neil Brewer - June 20, 2024

Heartbreak Hotel is the latest offering by EBKM, Eleanor Bishop and Karin McCracken who have worked together since 2017 and have written a number of plays, notably Jane Doe and Body Double, both award winning productions....

Review: PRIMA FACIE at Pumphouse Photo Review: PRIMA FACIE at Pumphouse
by Monica Moore - June 20, 2024

Michael Hurst’s direction ensures that the play’s heavy themes are expertly managed, bringing a sharp focus to Tessa's internal and external battles. The staging is both minimalist and effective, allowing the strength of the script and the power of Woodhouse’s performance to shine through. ...

Review: THE PROM at Up-Stage Theatre, 26A Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt Photo Review: THE PROM at Up-Stage Theatre, 26A Moonshine Rd, Upper Hutt
by Neil Brewer - June 24, 2024

The Prom is a musical with music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and a book by Bob Martin and Beguelin. The story follows four Broadway actors who travel to the conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, to help a lesbian student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the high s...

Review: IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF US by Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe at Muritai School Photo Review: IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF US by Butterfly Creek Theatre Troupe at Muritai School
by Neil Brewer - June 13, 2024

A great script and dependable cast make this show well worth seeing...

Review: THERAPY at Little Andromeda Theatre, Christchurch Photo Review: THERAPY at Little Andromeda Theatre, Christchurch
by Monica Moore - June 04, 2024

Therapy is  musical comedy written and performed by Chelsea McRae, with supporting music composed and performed by Mario Sadra- de Jong, won the NZ Touring Award at the Dunedin Fringe Festival and was also nominated for the Comedy Award.  Before entering the theatre, a sign warns that the show discu...

Review: MISCAST at Mana Little Theatre Photo Review: MISCAST at Mana Little Theatre
by Neil Brewer - May 24, 2024

Flawed but ultimately enjoyable concept...

Review: PERSUASION at Gryphon Theatre Photo 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 Photo 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 Photo 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: NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 from WITCH Music Theatre Photo 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 Photo 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: LION KING JR at Hutt City Musical Theatre Photo 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: EVERY BRILLIANT THING at Court Theatre Photo 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 Photo 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 Photo 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 Photo 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 Photo Review: TWO GUITARS at Circa Theatre
by Neil Brewer - March 24, 2024

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



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