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ANGEL at BATS
reviewed by Hannah Smith 7 Mar 2010
Fallen angel faces difficult audience
It is hard to think of three things more different than an ethereal floating angel, a flat footed red nosed clown and a suicide bomber, but Angel marries these wildly incongruent concepts into a sweet and delicate comedy that looks at the funny side of spirituality. [more]

BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA at Pacific Blue Festival Club (Shed 6)
reviewed by John Smythe 7 Mar 2010
Fluffy fun hiding spikes and toxins
My guess is that Suzanne Andrade – writer, director, performer – was raised on a diet of Roald Dahl stories, or she read them by torchlight under her sheets. Her random collection of tales have that sensibility: an apparent childlike innocence that turns twisted and nasty in a terribly British way. [more]

RUBY TUESDAY at BATS
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson 5 Mar 2010
Comedy set in school ends in tragedy
Don’t throw paper darts (despite the illustrated instructions in the programme on how to make one) and don’t arrive late for Ruby Tuesday or you’ll be threatened with detention by the fierce phys-ed teacher who doesn’t accept period pains and non-regulation shoes as excuses to avoid her classes. [more]

ALFONSINA at Gryphon
reviewed by John Smythe 5 Mar 2010
Upbeat underdogs in a ruthless world
Yet another Auckland group has endowed the Fringe with comic creativity superbly performed and directed. Hot on the heels of Sunday Roast and Ruby Tuesday comes Alfonsina. I could quip it was so hot on opening night that four fire engines came, twice: an hour before the show then slap in the middle. [more]

FLIPSIDE at TAPAC Theatre, Western Springs
reviewed by Nik Smythe 5 Mar 2010
Complexity and adventure in catastrophe
SmackBang Theatre Company have launched their residency of The Auckland Performing Arts Centre (TAPAC) with an epic yarn scripted by Ken Duncum eleven years ago, about the men who survived 119 days adrift on the Pacific Ocean in the capsized trimaran Rose-Noelle, back in 1989. TAPAC’s versatile auditorium is arranged in traverse ... [more]

SHIP SONGS at Pacific Blue Festival Club (Shed 6)
reviewed by Hannah Smith 5 Mar 2010
Witty, generous, simple, surprising, magical, stirring …
The sea is a cruel mistress. But if you’re brave or fool enough to ride the ocean wave then you will return with a tale to tell. In Ship Songs spellbinding tales, beautiful audio-visual imagery and toe-tapping sea shanties are woven together in a funny, moving and heart-warming evening of theatre. [more]

SHIP SONGS at Pacific Blue Festival Club (Shed 6)
reviewed by Laurie Atkinson (The Dominion Post) 5 Mar 2010
Songs in the seas of life ride a captivating wave
Ian Hughes is a master storyteller. In Ship Songs he tells three stories about people who refused to live contained safe lives but went in search of new worlds, the unexpected, and living their lives with relish. [more]

ECHOA at Soundings - Te Papa
reviewed by Lyne Pringle 4 Mar 2010
Stimulating creator-performers
In this production there is not an ounce of fat. Each vignette/scene arrives and leaves well before it has outstayed its welcome; layer after layer of the possibilities for percussion and movement are presented to make rich theatrical mulch. [more]

SUN DRUGS at Bats Pit Bar
reviewed by Hannah Smith 4 Mar 2010
Vigorous, quirky, performer-centric
A man walks into a bar, pulls out some shaving foam and hands razors to the brunettes seated at opposite ends of the front row. He proceeds to shave his face by playing an elaborate variation on Colombian Hypnosis. What on earth is going on? It is Sun/Drugs - the half hour one-man show being performed this week in the Pit bar. [more]

PINK LIGHTER at BATS
reviewed by John Smythe 3 Mar 2010
A dud
I’m tempted to offer this production the amount of respect it gives its audience and say – as its characters keep saying to each other – “it’s a f**king retard” and leave it at that. But then I’d also get abused for not doing my job. So … [more]
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