Reviews

Melbourne Cabaret Festival: A Match Made in Harmony

Suade and Ginger & Tonic

Apparently times are tough on the dating scene. The women of Ginger & Tonic and the men of Suade are here to tell us all about it in A Match Made in Harmony, a lively and entertaining show featuring mainly original songs. Set at a singles night, the performers succeed…

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Melbourne Cabaret Festival: True Story

Ruth Wilkin

In her own words, Ruth Wilkin has a lovely life. Her childhood was ordinary, she doesn’t strip or get nude for a living, and she’s not a member of a minority group. So rather than do what many other performers do and put on a cabaret show in which she…

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Review: Legends! — Theatre Royal, Sydney

JULIET MILLS (SYLVIA GLENN), HAYLEY MILLS (LEATRICE MONSÉE, DAVID DENIS (BOOM-BOOM JOHNSON) AND LEAH HOWARD (ARETHA THOMAS) | PHOTO BY JEFF BUSBY

The only thing legendary about Legends! is how aggressively mediocre it is. The James Kirkwood play has hit Sydney as a star touring vehicle for Hayley and Juliet Mills, as well as Maxwell Caulfield, and tells a tired, insipid story about  feuding Old Hollywood divas teaming up to revive their…

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Melbourne Cabaret Festival: Gala

Rob Mills

Now in its sixth year, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival is still struggling to become a well-known event on the city’s arts calendar. I attended the initial festival in 2010 and was delighted that Melbourne was finally getting an event entirely devoted to cabaret – my favourite art form. Beginning with…

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Review: Like Me, Mongrel Mouth

Mongrel Mouth's Like Me, at Merchants House in the Rocks, Sydney. Photograph by Chris Evans.

Like Me, a Mongrel Mouth production directed by Duncan Maurice, is strange. Grotesque. Unnerving. Disorienting. Confronting. And it’s all around me.   The action plays out in eight rooms of Merchants House in The Rocks. The context: a group of narcissistic patients has taken over a derelict treatment centre. We spectators are…

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Adelaide Cabaret Festival – Unescorted

Lady Rizo

Lady Rizo is our diva and we commune with her in the religion of glitter and cabaret. An established and well-respected cabaret performer from New York City, Lady Rizo is a Grammy winner, has performed for just about all the famous people known today (Beyoncé and Prince to name just…

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Review: Triassic Parq, Seymour Centre

The company, Triassic Parq. Photograph by Michael Francis.

“A community in crisis leads to doubt,” the dinosaurs sing. And—they tell us—doubt leads to chaos. As the singing, dancing Triassic Parq community unravels, the dinosaurs’ doubts pile up. All the old certainties about gender, sex, love, faith and science suddenly seem like some kind of huge confidence trick. This…

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