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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: Odyssey

Review: Odyssey

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

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: 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: 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: 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.

Review: Moon at the Bottom of the Garden

Review: Moon at the Bottom of the Garden

Sara McDougall's play Moon at the Bottom of the Garden, had the audience laughing with glee and recognition and weeping at the pain of addiction through generations, solo-parenting and family secrets creating divides.

Review: Beyond (Circa)

Review: Beyond (Circa)

Beyond, from Queensland-based company Circa, opened its two-night season as part of Arts Festival Dunedin last night.

'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' dazzles on Broadway

'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' dazzles on Broadway

British import "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" mesmerized audiences on Broadway in its New York opening with a dazzling display of technical wizardry and an "extraordinary" debut performance by newcomer Alex Sharp.

Hanging around

Hanging around

From rabbit heads to Rubik's cubes, Arts Festival Dunedin show Beyond adds a few twists to the circus ring, writes Shane Gilchrist. 

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