Reviews

West End to Broadway in the Reservoir: The Movie Musicals

Underground Opera. Image supplied.

West End to Broadway in the Reservoir: The Movie Musicals is well explained by its title. It’s a concert of musical theatre songs from well-known movies musicals and Underground Opera presents the show in the fabulous Springhill Reservoir. The show began well- with ‘Broadway Melody’ from the first movie musical, Broadway Melody, which was sung… Read more.


Away – Sydney Opera House

The cast of Sydney Theatre Company’s Away. © Prudence Upton

The word ‘classic’ is often used to describe texts that have stood the test of time. Shakespeare is probably the reigning definitive of the term, but Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller and others of their ilk spring to mind. It’s rare to find an Australian playwright’s name on that list, but Michael Gow’s Away is a… Read more.


The play that goes so wrong that it’s right

The Play That Goes Wrong. Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Nick Simpson Deeks, James Marlowe

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society present The Murder at Haversham Manor. It goes wrong. Very wrong. So wrong that it’s totally right. The Play That Goes Wrong by Mischief Theatre was first seen in 2012 in a 60-seat theatre. With a new second act, it went to the Edinburgh Fringe and has now been swimming through tears of… Read more.


La Mama: The Fever

La Mama. The Fever

In a hotel room in a third-world country, an unnamed person recounts a story of the fever he suffers from – and he’s not talking about the illness that has him sweaty and vomiting. Written by actor Wallace Shawn for himself to perform at private functions, The Fever debuted in 1990 and underwent a re-write… Read more.


The Judas Kiss – Old Fitz Theatre

Photo by John Marmaras.

Oscar Wilde’s writing may be well known, but for some, his lascivious and scandal-filled past is less renowned.  David Hare invites us into that past in The Judas Kiss, asking us to consider how Wilde’s slew of young lovers led to his persecution and ultimate exile from a society that denounced homosexuality as illegal, deviant… Read more.



The Flick

Photo by Jodie Hutchinson.

In an association with Melbourne ensemble theatre company Red Stitch, Queensland Theatre presented Annie Baker’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, The Flick, at QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre last week. The play is set in a run-down movie theatre in Massachusetts (designed by Shaun Gurton) with the movie seats facing the audience, projector up the back, and… Read more.


Single Asian Female

Single Asian Female - La Boite Theatre. Image supplied.

Asian-Australians have been part of the cultural fabric of our society for generations, so it is baffling to contemplate the level of racism and ignorance that is still levelled against anyone who looks Asian, even if they were born in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast and only speak English. Not only do the taunts of… Read more.


MTC: John

MTC. John. Photo by Jeff Busby

American playwright Annie Baker won a 2014 Pulitzer Prize for The Flick (seen at Red Stitch) when she was 33. Her writing’s won Off-Broadway Obie awards and rightly declares a new Baker as a show to see. The MTC have the Australian premier of her 2015 play, John, and director Sarah Goodes guides a must-see production that revels… Read more.


Review: The Red Detachment of Women

The Red Detachment of Women

Can’t afford your own time machine? A ticket to the National Ballet of China’s Red Detachment of Women is the next best thing. This ballet, first performed in 1964, is one of the ‘Eight Model Operas’ of the Chinese Cultural Revolution; a pet project of Madame Mao – Jiang Qing, Mao’s last wife and the leader… Read more.


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