Theatreview Weekly: 01/12/11

Party with the Aunties.
A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including Tinderbox, Still Lives, Nine, and 7 Days - Live.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including Tinderbox, Still Lives, Nine, and 7 Days - Live.

See more recent reviews at theatreview.org, the NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory.

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A selection of reviews from Theatreview from the last week including Tinderbox, Still Lives, Nine, and 7 Days - Live.

See more recent reviews at theatreview.org, the NZ Performing Arts Review & Directory.

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BATS, Wellington - TINDERBOX: A powerful production: don’t miss it

- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

Hans Christian Andersen’s story has been given an epic sweep – a dark Odyssey - with the central figure, a morally troubled soldier ... who is a deserter from a 1000-year war and who, when he rescues the tinderbox from an underground cave for a scrawny old man, is told that the tinderbox will assist him in becoming the man “you want to be.”

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Miramar Rangers AFC Clubrooms, Wellington - PARTY WITH THE AUNTIES: A marvellous party with the aunties

- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

Never was there a more accurate title than Party with the Aunties. Balloons, paper streamers and fairy lights decorate the Miramar Rangers Clubrooms; the bar is open; the seating and the tables are arranged higgledy-piggledy; a couple of the performers are casually singing as the guests (that’s the audience) wander in ...

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NASDA Theatre, E Block, CPIT, Christchurch - STILL LIVES: Engaging, thought provoking and worthy of a much wider audience

- reviewed by Erin Harrington

A Different Light Theatre Company has been developing and presenting performances with its mixed ability company for seven years, and Still Lives acts as a snapshot of where the company currently sits.

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Whitirea Performance Centre, 25-27 Vivian Street, Wellington - NINE: Effervescence and energy lift 8½ to Nine

- reviewed by Greer Robertson

Nine is a musical theatre piece first taken from a book, which then became a film, which then went on to be a five time Tony Award-winning Broadway production. Like a game of charades opening, it spans the lot.

The story is based on Federici Fellini semi-autobiographical film 8½.

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Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland - 7 DAYS – LIVE: Like on the telly: good for a laugh or three

- reviewed by Nik Smythe

Have you ever seen that show 7 Days on the telly, late night Fridays on Tv3? 7 Days Live is heaps like that only live on stage with an audience of over a thousand.

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Theatre Downstairs, The Oval House, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London - TANIWHATHAMES: Allegorical blend of theatrical ideas

- reviewed by James Hadley

Shaky Isles Theatre’s new devised show, Taniwha Thames, directed by Stella Duffy at London’s Oval House Theatre, seems inspired by the conflicting yearnings that most Kiwis feel at some stage of their life: to travel and explore the world when in Aotearoa / to return home when they’re based a whole world away in London – but after how long, and for what reasons?

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BATS, Wellington - TINDERBOX: Wondrously crafted production of great intelligence, wisdom and creative inquisitiveness

- reviewed by John Smythe

Billed as “a development season for a much larger work,” The Playground Collective’s Tinderbox offers a theatrically ingenious and dramatically compelling two-hour enquiry into the expectations and experiences of young adults as they confront the realities of life in the wake of childhoods conditioned by fairytales.

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TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs, Auckland - KINGDOM OF CARDS (TASHER DESH): A play to make you smile

- reviewed by Aidan-B. Howard

I was certainly looking forward to this. The Prayas Theatre Company has been around for six years now and is New Zealand’s leading Indian drama company; one which attempts to break out from, in its own words, “stereotypical compartmentalisation – mystic spirituality, exotic curries and Bollywood glamour.”

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Circa One, Wellington - ROGER HALL’S ALADDIN: THE PANTOMIME: Impressive magic among the gags

- reviewed by Laurie Atkinson

Not much has changed in Roger Hall’s Aladdin since it first appeared at Circa in 2006, though its geography has got even more confusing than I remember.

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Fortune Theatre, Dunedin - A SHORT CUT TO HAPPINESS: Audience shows appreciation

- reviewed by Barbara Frame

The world premiere of Roger Hall’s new comedy concludes a year of stimulating and varied programming at the Fortune. Lighter in tone than many of Hall’s other plays, A Short Cut to Happiness focuses on retired people whose concerns include the lure of discounts, the possibilities of meeting new people on Facebook, and the difficulties of opening jars.

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Miramar Rangers AFC Clubrooms, Wellington - PARTY WITH THE AUNTIES: Relaxed party atmosphere belies their creative expertise

- reviewed by John Smythe

A sausage-sizzle outside the Miramar Rangers Football Clubrooms welcomes us. Upstairs the bar is festooned with party decorations, and as we buy our drinks and find a seat the cast is casually strumming guitars and singing songs to establish the party atmosphere …

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Concert Chamber - Town Hall, THE EDGE, Auckland - RITA AND DOUGLAS: Artist’s liaisons make for evocative viewing

- reviewed by Paul Simei-Barton

It is difficult to imagine a better way to appreciate the art of Rita Angus and Douglas Lilburn than this celebratory tribute in which a sharp dramatisation of their quarrelsome relationship is counterpoised with Michael Houstoun's exquisite renditions of Lilburn's piano works while a luminous display of Angus' paintings appears as an enormous projection.

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