Reviews

Christmas Proms Adelaide

A Swingin' Christmas Proms in Adelaide. Image supplied.

Anticipation from the packed audience at the Swingin’ Christmas Proms was such that, at the beginning of the show, a raised hand from one of the clowns hushed the crowd immediately. And then it all got underway with a medley of Carol of the Bells coupled with God Rest Ye…

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Into the Woods film: Nice is different than good

Into the Woods

I wish that I could tell you that I loved Rob Marshall’s big screen adaptation of my favourite Stephen Sondheim show. I wish I could tell you that Marshall found a way to adapt this large ensemble, multiple-threaded musical masterpiece into a rich film – even if it can never…

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Footloose – Harvest Rain

Footloose - Harvest Rain

Entering the Brisbane Powerhouse theatre to watch Harvest Rain’s Footloose was a nostalgic experience. For me, it brought back great memories of performing it at CQCM (Central QLD Conservatorium of Music)… on roller skates! #GoodTimes. For many others the nostalgia will come from childhood when they first saw this iconic movie…

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REVIEW: Freud’s Last Session

REVIEW: Freud’s Last Session

Based on the magical “What If”, Freud’s Last Session is a thought provoking two-hander play that poses the question, “What if Sigmund Freud met C. S. Lewis?” Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall in that conversation? Playwright Mark St. Germain drew inspiration from Dr Armand M.…

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Review: Ben From Brisbane – A Quiet Night In.

Review: Ben From Brisbane – A Quiet Night In.

Australia fell in love with ‘Ben From Brisbane’ during his time on Big Brother in 2013. Since leaving as one of the show’s favourite housemates, the quirky tea drinking, antique loving, snort laughing Ben Zabel is constantly stopped for questions, conversations, and selfie requests, on the street, in the supermarket isle,…

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Gasp! by Queensland Theatre Company

Gasp! - Queensland Theatre Company. Photo supplied.

Remember when the advertising industry first introduced bottled water? Many thought it was a ridiculous idea that would never take off and I for one, refused to buy it on political/ethical grounds. Ben Elton’s hil’air’ious satire Gasp! looks at a money hungry mining company which is devouring our resources one…

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Falstaff – Opera Australia

Warwick Fyfe as Falstaff for Opera Australia. Image by Jeff Busby

Closing Opera Australia’s 2014 season in Melbourne, Falstaff succeeds as the most intelligently integrated production of the year. As well as showcasing a large cast of Australasian principals led by Warwick Fyfe, who rollicks about while resembling an exotic, animated tropical fruit as the curiously cod-pieced but well-sung knight Sir…

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Dirty Dancing – Lyric Theatre, The Star

Kirby Burgess and Kurt Phelan. Image by Jeff Busby.

There’s something oddly mesmerising about the fan experience, especially when it occurs in the collective, in a public space. At a Buffy the Vampire Slayer convention, people will bond with strangers by speaking in quotes and in-jokes. At a Sound of Music singalong, everyone holds their breath for a certain…

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La Cage aux Folles

Todd McKenney and Simon Burke. Image by Jeff Busby

Amongst the fun and frivolity of the feathers and glitter, the wigs and the legs onstage, backstage and above, a show of its own unfolds at La Cage aux Folles; a drag cabaret nightclub on the seedier side of St Tropez. It was no surprise that The Production Company’s new staging of…

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Review: Beyond Desire – Hayes Theatre Co

Anthony (Blake Bowden) and James (Ross Hannaford). Image by Oliver Toth

At the end of Beyond Desire, a world premiere musical crammed into the Hayes theatre, the cast asks the audience, a la the cheeky ending of The Mousetrap, not to reveal its plot twists outside the theatre. It’s a cute number, and gives local theatre icon Nancye Hayes a fun…

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