Reviews

Pursued by Bear: First Date

Pursued by Bear. First Date

First Date by independent company Pursued by Bear is a delightfully awkward, if verging on uncomfortable, blind date between opposites: cool hipster Casey, who usually dates “bad boys”, and straight-laced insecure Aaron, who’s trying to move on from a recent traumatic break up. It’s cringe comedy with a few good songs and a lot of heart…. Read more.


Dead Royal

Dead Royal. Chris Ioan Roberts

July 1981. Paris. On the eve of her wedding to Charles, Prince of Wales, a 19-year-old Lady Diana Spencer arrives at the home of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, to celebrate the last morsels of her dwindling pre-marital freedom and muse on the fate that lies ahead of her in Dead Royal, at fortyfivedownstairs. Chris… Read more.


Fawlty Towers Live

Fawlty Towers. Image by James Morgan

Fawlty Towers is the beloved television show that charmed a nation and the world back in the 1970s when it first came to air on the BBC. And now John Cleese has teamed together with director Caroline J Ranger to bring this iconic show from screen to stage, starting at the Roslyn Packer Theatre ahead… Read more.


True West – Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre

True West – Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre

Lee and Austin are brothers, but you’d never guess it. Both have taken very different paths in life. Austin, the younger, went to an Ivy League school, worked hard to become a writer and has the traditional wife, kids and picket fence – the American dream. Lee, the elder, has taken a wilder route –… Read more.



The Beast

Heidi Arena, Alison Bell, Rohan Nichol, Christie Whelan Browne, Toby Truslove and Eddie Perfect in The Beast. Image by Ken Nakanishi

After surviving a near-fatal fishing trip, three blokes are desperate to change their ways of life. But not too much. The Beast premiered in 2013, a commission by the Melbourne Theatre Company (MTC) for the Melbourne Festival. Performer, writer and composer Eddie Perfect wrote a black comedy about bourgeois people trying to better themselves by… Read more.


Curtains – The Production Company

Simon Gleeson and Alinta Chidzey. Photo by Christopher Parker

The Australian premiere of the Broadway musical-whodunnit Curtains adds another feather to The Production Company’s cap with this polished, brisk and sophisticated laugh-a-plenty production. Peter Stone’s original book and the concept completed by Rupert Holmes is well-crafted and wittily transformed by Fred Ebb’s lyrics and John Kander’s fizzy blend of bright unmistakable Broadway-style tunes, mellow ballads and light jazz. In this Bostonian backstage-murder-mystery, Jessica Cranshaw… Read more.


The Sound of Music, Adelaide season

Amy Lehpamer as Maria in The Sound of Music. Photo by James Morgan.

The Sound of Music is best known for its 1965 film adaptation renowned for the sweeping landscapes, the catchy Rodgers and Hammerstein tunes and of course, Julie Andrews. The movie is so well known and loved that, even though The Sound of Music was originally a stage production, one cannot help but use the movie as… Read more.


Aladdin the Musical – Capitol Theatre

Ainsley Melham as Aladdin. Photo By Deen van Meer.

Disney’s Aladdin the Musical, based on the beloved 1992 film, is an incredible spectacle that’s focused more on its visual impact than its storytelling – the definition of ‘style over substance’. It’s the well-known story: ‘street rat’ Aladdin (an eager Ainsley Melham) who meets Princess Jasmine (an earnest Arielle Jacobs) by chance in the marketplace. Both feel… Read more.


Short and Sweet Festival, Brisbane

Short+Sweet - Brisbane. Image Supplied.

Short + Sweet is a festival of 10 minute-long theatre and cabaret works. Kind of like one of those degustation menu with many courses in small, digestible portions. On the night I attended, I was served sixteen fast-paced, humorous pieces dealing mainly with relationships and sex, which showcased an array of talented young performers. In ‘Boys… Read more.


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