Reviews

Review: Suddenly Last Summer, Sydney Theatre Co

Suddenly Last Summer. Image by Brett Boardman.

Tennessee Williams always encouraged the reach for something more in the stage directions of his plays, seeking for an elevated storytelling method and set design that would heighten and reinforce his close explorations of the humanity he best knew: the world of his family and beyond where he grew up,…

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Malthouse: Blak Cabaret

Malthouse: Blak Cabaret

It’s worth seeing Blak Cabaret to hang outside in the Malthouse forecourt, and it’s impossible not to love Kahmahi Djordon King in a frock. Conceived by Jason Yamiru, Blak Cabaret is part loud, brash and sequins, and part heart, land and song. The combination of songs that hurt to hear and satire (written by…

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The Orchid & the Crow

Daniel Tobias. Photo by Andrew Wuttke

Daniel Tobias is almost unrecognisable as Otto Rot of the endlessly wonderful comedy duo band Die Roten Punkte. There’s no keytar and makeup in The Orchid & the Crow but there is rock, and rocks, in Dan’s story of getting testicular cancer. When I watched a too-young friend die from cancer, I couldn’t watch or…

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Red Stitch: The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas

Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

Dennis Kelly’s cautionary morality fable of corporate greed, corruption and an insatiable hunger for power at any cost, The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas, is superbly executed in the first offering of Red Stitch Actors Theatre’s 2015 season. From the moment we are ushered into the space – a perfect…

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Hoy Polloy: Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas

Steve Gome

Written by the agitprop and comedic mastermind Dario Fo, Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas is Hoy Polloy and Terra Incognita’s re-telling of the Christopher Columbus voyage. The story follows one Venetian fugitive, Johan Padan (Steve Gome) an unwitting explorer, who meets hundreds of characters, learns new languages…

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Review: Blood Brothers, Hayes Theatre Co

Christy Sullivan, Erin James, Helen Dallimore, Bobby Fox and Jamie Kristian  in Blood Brothers. Image by Kurt Sneddon

We live within a conservative, disturbingly cruel government in 2015 Australia, where our most vulnerable citizens are the ones repeatedly targeted for more and more hardship, via our budgets and our relentless social evolution. We are not a kind country right now, particularly to those who wish to enter the…

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Once Were Leaders: An Evening With Max Gillies

An Evening with Max Gillies. Photo by Marty Williams.

Once Were Leaders looks back in time, but simultaneously compares the past with the present. In the past, it suggests, there were leaders, whereas now … well, not so much. Drawing from three decades of satirical performance, Max Gillies presents impersonations across the political spectrum: Robert Menzies, Amanda Vanstone, Graham Richardson,…

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Midsumma: Harvey Milk the opera in concert

Midsumma: Harvey Milk the opera in concert

While the national opera company is being lampooned for regurgitating the easier-sell popular works, it’s great seeing smaller companies presenting works that broaden the opera experience. The year has just begun and Melbourne Opera’s new production of Der Freischutz and Emotionworks-Cut Opeta’s attempt to make opera accessible with La Beatles…

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Midsumma: corps(e)

Photo by Sarah Walker

Simon Morrison-Baldwin pays loving homage to one of French history’s most overlooked personalities: diplomat, spy, courtier and decorated serviceman Charles-Geneviève-Louise-Auguste-André-Thimothée d’Eon de Beaumont, in corps(e), at The Butterfly Club for Midsumma Festival. D’Eon, most well-known in their own time for living the first 47 years of their life as a…

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Review: Cock, Old Fitzroy Theatre

Matt Minto and Michael Whalley in COCK at the Old Fitz. Photo by Tim Levy.

Mike Bartlett’s script for Cock is dense and aurally-driven; off-kilter language choices, particularly from central character John, buzz around the audience and into their ears. Naturalistic and immediate, sentences are left hanging and words are chopped off and out, creating a syntax that is at once intensely familiar and startlingly…

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