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Review: The Elephant Thief

by Mr Goulter May 19, 2016

An exuberant onstage cartoon, Indian Ink Theatre Company’s The Elephant Thief begins in a jail cell and ends in… space, or the afterlife, or some other such vague spoiler. It’s an outsized feast of imaginative staging and potential pachyderm puns, anchored by a winning performance by company newcomer Vanessa Kumar. The show’s setting is a […]

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Review: The Sevens Sons of Supparath

by librarykris April 1, 2016

The State of Supparath has been at war with the demon lord Krunk for ninety years. Finally they have captured him (it?). The seven states sit in judgement and sentence Krunk to a terrible punishment. In order to enact their decree they send the Seven Sons of Supparath across the seven sections of the state to […]

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Review: The ACB with Honora Lee

by librarykris March 23, 2016

Perry is the only child of two loving and hard-working parents. She’s inquisitive, enthusiastic and overwhelmed with after-school activities. When an opportunity comes up for her to spend more time in the home with her Gran (instead of tennis) she jumps at it. Over the year as Perry gets to know her Gran and the […]

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Review: Te Pō

by librarykris March 3, 2016

Three men gather in a room. Detective Inspector Brett is looking for Bruce Mason who has gone missing. Reverend Athol Sedgewick had dinner with Mason the night before last and is possibly the last person to see him before he disappeared. Werihe has an eight o’clock appointment with the playwright. No-one has any idea where he […]

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Review: Hart

by librarykris February 22, 2016

There is a ring of white in the middle of the stage. A man stands inside it, slightly to the side. In the dark we listen to politicians and radio hosts discuss Indigenous Australians. Taken from their families ‘for their own good’, ‘to save them from themselves’. A lone voice offers an apology. The sobering […]

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NZ Fringe Festival reviews x 3

by librarykris February 18, 2016

Reviews for three neat shows in the Fringe Festival. Seeing the city: a tasting menu by Ania and Kim Upstill, at 17 Tory street, final showing 19 February 2016 We are greeted at the door by Ania Upstill and invited to wash our hands. She directs us on to Pippiajna Tui who shows us to […]

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Review: Vladimir the Crow: Whispering Ghoul

by librarykris February 17, 2016

A bare stage greets us at the Gryphon Theatre.  It seems bigger than usual with a soundscape that hints at vast desolate spaces where the only thing alive is the whistling wind. Then noise! Lights! And a tattered creature that stutters out from the wings as if glimpsed by lightning flashes. Vladimir the Crow is […]

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Reviews of Hillary Clinton / Young Lover and Discharge goes back to school

by librarykris February 4, 2016

Review: Hillary Clinton / Young Lover Richard Meros is back. Older, more travelled, more ambitious in his attempt to bring about a golden age of trans-pacific partnerships.  He’s convinced Hillary Clinton needs a young lover to boost her poll ratings so that she can get into the White House. (And be in charge.) (Of the […]

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Preview: Hillary Clinton / Young Lover

by librarykris January 29, 2016

Dashing Millennial Richard Meros is back in town with a persuasive argument that outlines the conditions and possibilities of Hillary Clinton taking him as her Young Lover prior to the 2016 Presidential Election. (You may recall him attempting the same thing with Helen Clark before election night 2008.)  I asked him some questions before his […]

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Review: At the end of my hands

by librarykris January 29, 2016

Six performers from integrated company Equal Voices Arts, dressed simply in grey, black, and white, enact stories exploring Deaf culture for Deaf and hearing audiences. Stories such as flirtations at the swimming pool and getting busted for speeding (hilarious!) are contrasted with more touching stories. The performers Kylie Willis, Alex Lodge, Mihailo Ladjevac, Shaun Fahey, […]

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