Reviews

Concerto for Harmony and Presto

Concerto for Harmony and Presto. Photo Supplied.

Harmony (Liz Skitch) loves to sing and dance. Her family has fallen upon hard times, but instead of selling their gramophone as planned, she sets it up in the street and begins to busk. Just as she is getting into her groove, Presto (Don Voyage) arrives with his tinker’s cart of all sorts of objects… Read more.


MICF: Rama Nicholas, Mary Weather’s Monsters

Rama Nicholas

It’s 1890s London and Mary Weather continues to try to balance protecting the city from monsters, missing her sister, and dealing with boyfriend Percy Shelley’s affections –”Go and write a poem, Percy”. When she finds her chance to enter the monster realm and end the war that broke out when she was a child, she… Read more.


When One Door Closes

Circa and La Boite present When One Door Closes. Image by Dylan Evans.

What happens when you mash-up extreme acrobatic theatre with the three great heroines of twentieth century drama: Miss Julie, Hedda Gabler and Nora? In the progressive endeavour to challenge the boundaries of ‘what is theatre,’ La Boite opens its 2016 season with a daring collaboration with contemporary circus ensemble Circa, When One Door Closes. This… Read more.


A Slight Ache & The Lover

A Slight Ache & The Lover. Image Supplied.

First performed in 1963, Harold Pinter’s The Lover is a superbly clever play with a fast paced wit that easily entertains the twitter-impaired attention span of today’s audience. Under the subtle and eloquent direction of Now Look Here Theatre’s Kate Wild, The Lover is paired with the simmeringly dark A Slight Ache to form a powerful… Read more.


The Sound of Music – Brisbane season

Amy Lehpamer as Maria, with the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. Photography by James Morgan.

The London Palladium production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classical musical with its beloved songs (‘Do-Re-Mi’, ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’, ‘Edelweiss’) is now in Sydney and may bring the iconic, true story of the Von Trapp family to life for a new generation. The highlights of this production are definitely the Von Trapp children. They are all… Read more.



Review: The Original Grease – Squabbalogic

Grease Company -- (pic Michael Francis, Francis Fotography)

What happened to Squabbalogic? The staunchly independent boutique musical theatre company used to feel vital, maybe even radical. Led by artistic director Jay James-Moody (very smart, sometimes brilliant), there was a sense of hunger, urgency, and rebellion in their tiny offbeat productions of curious, challenging musicals – [Title of Show], Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Carrie…. Read more.


MICF: Velvet

MICF: Velvet

A delightfully dorky musician (Brendan Maclean) unwittingly stumbles into a dazzling, golden orgy of bass and sequins (director Craig Ilott’s vision of a contemporary disco temple) and embarks on a spiritual odyssey in pursuit of a mysterious musical deity (Marcia Hines). Velvet is unapologetically indulgent entertainment, honouring the ethos of celebration and excess that typified… Read more.


MICF: Charlie Pickering – How to Tame a Wild Squirrel

Charlie Pickering

After a four-year hiatus from standup comedy, and with successful TV hosting gigs now firmly under his belt, Charlie Pickering has returned to the stage. Playing only three shows during MICF, How to Tame a Wild Squirrel moves quickly from witty crowd banter through to topics such as current affairs, news programming, and the impacts… Read more.


Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical Review

Georgy Girl: The Seekers Musical Review

As the title suggests, Georgy Girl: The Seekers musical is a jukebox bio-tuner about Australian folk group turned pop stars, The Seekers. Without much prior knowledge of The Seekers I didn’t have the kind of emotional investment in the show that those who love the band will, but I am in general a sucker for… Read more.


Replay – Griffin Theatre Company

Replay at Griffin Theatre Co. Photo by Brett Boardman.

Replay, a small and surprisingly ambitious new play by Philip Parsons Playwriting Award winner Phillip Kavanagh, studies the way a single decision can make, or break, a life. Three brothers, Michael (Jack Finsterer), John (Alfie Gledhill), and Peter (Anthony Gooley), experience a significant trauma. Years later, when trying to remember the exact details of this… Read more.


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