Archive for June, 2011

30/06/11

It disturbs me how few sleazy people are aware how they are perceived. You can be as nice a person as you like, as generous, kind, and loving as you please – failing to express it in a socially acceptable way will leave you with few friends, let alone the kind of friends that do [...]

25/06/11

For a play that consists of four rather unlikable and self-absorbed characters, Closer does a great job at entertaining its audience. As the tag line promises, they get each other off and screw each other over. What is intriguing about Closer is that there is no filler in between. Closer is structured around the characters [...]

23/06/11

So a blonde, a brunette, and a red head have OCD… Thricely? Precisely. A Pocketful of Pips is a tight, 45 minute dance piece that gives the audience glimpses into living with a compulsive disorder. This is not just having your Pepsis all facing the same way though, these are controlling, illogical, and at times [...]

23/06/11

If you feel that you totally missed all the hype and advertising for Skoolnite, showing at BATS last week for four nights only, then you’re still one up on the reviewer who ended up at the wrong show. Skoolnite was so underground that it proved nearly impossible to find. Five minutes into Fuddy Meers, my [...]

20/06/11

It’s the 60s, rock music is on the move, the marital bed no longer is the only way to get any, and heigh ho it is Winston’s birthday. Mr Churchill, along with his emotionally despondent wife, caustically aggravated son, and harem worshipping daughter, gather together for a family luncheon to celebrate yet another unremarkable year [...]

15/06/11

I know only too well the horrors of growing up on dial-up internet. Such is the misfortune of the McKenzie family. Written, directed and produced by the all-female New Zealand group ‘Page Left,’ Hannah McKie’s multi-award winning McKenzie Country opens the front door into quintessential Kiwi life. Freshly escaped from Osage County’s most dysfunctional household, [...]

07/06/11

With psychedelic dance rock grooves and a penchant for neon-studded rhythm, Cut Copy pumped the crowd with spasms of haunting sounds and mesmerizing disco beats in honor of the release of their third album, Zonoscope, at San Francisco Bath House on Wednesday. Though still synth-pop-y and euphorically edgy, Zonoscope reveals a combo of 80s synth, [...]

07/06/11

Penguins, prostitutes, shearers, soldiers, and activists are all a part of New Zealand’s relatively short colonial history, as featured in Arthur Meek’s new play, Sheep. Written especially to be performed by the talented young folk at Long Cloud Youth Theatre, Sheep is a series of seven loosely connected short plays that tell a fragmentary story [...]

05/06/11

I’ve learned a few things about food from having a child. Some days it feels like nothing will be eaten unless it has a minimum sugar content of a cup. Talking to other parents, the paranoia and judgment you get for what goes in your child’s mouth can cause one to do crazy things! A [...]