Reviews

Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Pure Blonde

Christie Whelan Browne

It’s convenient to imagine that the glitz and glamour of show business transcends the stage. One might assume that artists are blessed with a glittering and shiny ‘everyday life’ that suitably compliments their lives onstage. Audiences savour the glory of a ‘finished product’; the training, auditions, rejections, auditions, rehearsals, travel…

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Reasons to be Pretty at The Bakehouse Theatre

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When you add self centred-ness, concrete thinking, closed-mindedness and power struggles to a serious dose of intellectual and emotional immaturity and superficiality, the results in terms of calm and rewarding relationships are sure to be less than pretty. Such is the case in, and the focus of this somewhat strangely…

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Taken By Storm

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OK. Let’s get something out of the way first, I think I have a girl-crush on Storm Large. I’ll admit it, she is sassy, sexy, brilliant and so freaking rock it hurts. Returning to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Storm Large wants to talk about love. Love with its addictive, twisted…

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Painted From Memory

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In the 1990s, Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello joined forces to write the song, ‘God Give Me Strength’. They continued writing together, releasing the 1998 album, Painted from Memory.  This production is a song-cycle showcasing songs from that album. Luke Kennedy and Michael Falzon were last seen at the 2014…

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Pennsylvania Avenue

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Good sequels are rare and unique. Like The Godfather Part II, Empire Strikes Back and Toy Story 2, this sequel reunites its original team of Joanna Murray-Smith (playwright), Simon Phillips (director) and powerhouse performer Bernadette Robinson to be one of the greats in sequels for the stage. Robinson is once…

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Meow Meow: His Master’s Choice

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The undeniable Queen of Kamikaze Kabarett has, upon the request of new Cabaret Festival curator, returned to Adelaide to stupefy audiences with her audacious, vivacious, and brave cabaret style. Meow Meow’s ability to romp through Weimar repertoire while simultaneously fascinating and frightening audiences makes for an enthralling evening. His Master’s…

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Frisky and Mannish

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Frisky and Mannish were last at the Cabaret Festival five years ago. Sure, they’ve been to Adelaide since then in other Festivals, but Cabaret is where they truly belong. For the un-initiated, Frisky (Laura Corcoran) and Mannish (Matthew Jones) are Britain’s maestros of music mayhem, mashing, mixing and making pop…

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