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Recycling of male mid life crisis

Recycling of male mid life crisis

The cliche of a male mid life crisis is taken to new levels in Mark Hadlow's latest one man play.

Don McLean's 'American Pie' lyrics sell for $1.2 million

Don McLean's 'American Pie' lyrics sell for $1.2 million

Songwriter Don McLean's original working manuscript for "American Pie," one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, sold for $1.2 million, auctioneers Christie's said.

Good Irish neighbourly eruptions

''Outside Mullingar'' has many of the elements we have come to expect of Irish plays: rural gloom, family feuds, inheritance anxiety, rain, mud, depression and grimly eloquent humour. But it spares us the darker peat-bog horrors, and has a softer centre than most.

Opposite roles in Irish romance

Opposite roles in Irish romance

Acting needs a completely different mindset from directing a play, says Lara Macgregor.

Review: Odyssey

Review: Odyssey

There's so much happening on the stage that it's hard to know where to look.

Review: High Mountain Flowing Water

Review: High Mountain Flowing Water

Wafting incense, an organic light show playing above a dimly lit stage, traditional Beijing opera sound and movements and tactile instrumental sounds stunned the full house at the Glenroy Auditorium into silent reverence.

Review: No Holds Bard

Review: No Holds Bard

The set depicts a shabby, not very tidy flat where a newly single actor has come to roost. We can tell his wife has kicked him out because of the messages that arrive on his phone.

Review: Promise & Promiscuity

Review: Promise & Promiscuity

The name Jane Austen will never again evoke genuine thoughts of genteel Regency etiquette, decorum and desirable but unobtainable suitors.

Review: Elephant in the Room

Review: Elephant in the Room

Seats were sold out for an evening in Olveston's drawing room with its splendid Steinway grand piano and backdrop of trees clothed in spring growth beyond the leadlight bay window. 

Review: Enoch Arden

Review: Enoch Arden

A thoroughly engaged and captivated audience at Olveston attended the performance of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's narrative poem, Enoch Arden.

Review: Sei 'O Fafine

Review: Sei 'O Fafine

Selilia Pusiaki's Sei 'O Fafine opened last night, with the first of two performances. It was an interesting work, based on a rather simple storyline: a family of Tongan women over the year following the death of their father and husband.

Review: Sisters in Arms

Review: Sisters in Arms

An unusual collaboration: Dunedin's Ake Ake Theatre Company has teamed up with Belgrade's Hleb (Bread) Teatar to explore some little-known aspects of World War 1 and the ways in which it affected Serbians and New Zealanders.

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