Reviews

MTC: Endgame

Julie Forsyth & Rhys McConnochie. Photo by Jeff Busby

There’s a double page in the program for the MTC’s Endgame titled “explantion”. It’s about modernism, Absurdism and finding meaning in Samuel Beckett’s writing. It’s great for post-show conversations but it doesn’t talk about the possibility of losing yourself in Beckett’s world and not giving a toss about meaning. For me, the…

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Review: Les Misérables, Sydney season

Les Miserables Australia. Image by Matt Murphy.

It’s an epic musical, a towering behemoth from the 1980s – an era that spawned plenty of them, like Cats and Phantom of the Opera – but Les Misérables , a sung-through, all-feeling story of love, injustice, and striving for liberation and redemption in dark times, feels like the biggest…

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Dinner – Black Swan State Theatre Co

Dinner. Image by Gary Marsh Photography.

A dinner party can often be the catalyst for intrigue and conflict as personalities, lubricated by alcohol and rich food, spar, preen and provoke one another.  Dysfunctional relationships are often revealed in such an intimate occasion, especially if the hostess has consciously engineered a guest list that is guaranteed to…

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Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Christen O’Leary and Kieran Law in A Midsummer Night's Dream - La Boite Theatre. Image Supplied.

One late summer evening in the dimmed, pooling light of La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre, a brave Ben Schostakowski (director) polishes up the most performed and endeared of Shakespeare plays and gloriously messes around with it. With flagrant disregard for traditionalists and dullards, he picks up the Athenian lovers and mischievous…

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The Naked Magicians tour Queensland

The Naked Magicians tour Queensland

Who would have thought the words ‘R-Rated’ and ‘magic’ would ever be used in the same sentence? Those cheeky boys are back, and nuder than ever. Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne are The Naked Magicians, and before you ask; yes they do live up to their title. I saw their…

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Review: The PillowMan

The Pillowman-Underground Productions. Image Supplied.

Underground Productions adaptation of Martin McDonagh’s two time Tony award winning production of The PillowMan was a raging success. Shown at Brisbane’s Schonell Theatre, (University of Queensland), this black comedy had the audience intrigued and captivated from the very beginning, right throughout the show. Helmed by the young and multi-talented first time director,…

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Review: The Travelling Sisters

The Travelling Sisters - Ell Sachs, Laura Trenerry, Lucy Fox

Beneath the floorboards of a new Brisbane venue – the Padre Dive Bar – a sisterhood of three fine young women held an audience captive for an evening to showcase a collection of their best sketches and musical comedy numbers. The Travelling Sisters, outfitted in animal-printed pants, conjured up through…

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