The Turquoise Elephant – Griffin Theatre Company

The Turquoise Elephant – Griffin Theatre Company

If you want to laugh your way into a downward existential spiral about the way humanity has screwed the world, then Griffin Theatre’s The Turquoise Elephant is the play for you. Climate change seemed to be on everyone’s minds in the lead up to the Paris Conference in 2015, when Stephen Carleton first started work… Read more.

A Streetcar Named Desire rides into La Boite.

A Street Car Named Desire - La Boite Theatre. Photography: Jeff Busby.

An achingly slow ceiling fan stirs trouble into the pea-soup air of a musty, humid summer on Elysian Fields, the allegorical destination of Blanche Dubois (Bridie Carter) – Elysian, referencing the land of the dead.  Dubois’ ‘desires’ apparently lead her right there as she arrives destitute at her sister Stella’s (Ngoc Phan) home, seeking sanctuary… Read more.

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant – The Old Fitz

Sara Wiseman and Taylor Ferguson. Credit: Clare Hawley.

What better place to set a love triangle driven by obsession and lust than in the high-pressure world of high fashion? Red Line Productions’ The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant oozes melodrama and sexual tension in this play-turned-movie-turned-play-again about a neurotic fashion designer, her adoring assistant, and a vain, young model. German writer and… Read more.

Kinky Boots sashays into Melbourne

Kinky Boots. Australia. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Kinky Boots had me at “The most beautiful thing in the world”: a song about shoes. A song about shoes written by 1980’s pop icon Cyndi Lauper. The show’s won awards, including the 2013 Best Musical Tony, and the Australian production has opened in Melbourne – as if we needed another excuse to wear long red… Read more.

Melbourne Festival: Lady Eats Apple

Lady Eats Apple. Melbourne Festival. Photo by Jeff Busby

I’m still thinking about Back to Back Theatre’s Lady Meets Apple. I want to talk about it, but want to hold it safe and close so that its meaning stays between the performers and me.   The Melbourne Festival world premiere – it’s heading around the world – is a much-anticipated, and well-funded, work by… Read more.

StageArt: The Colour Purple

The Colour Purple. StageArt. Photo by Belinda Strodder

At this year’s Tony Awards, the Broadway revival of the Oprah Winfrey produced The Color Purple musical received the Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress. StageArt are currently presenting the Australasian premiere. Words can barely capture the magic of this production. The emotional journey of the show reflects Celie’s inner journey. What begins… Read more.

Sister Cities – Star of the Sea, Manly

Sister Cities

Colette Freedman’s Sister Cities, now in the hands of Factory Space Theatre Company at Star of the Sea Manly, is aptly titled. Following their mother’s death, four sisters – each named after the American cities in which they were born – come together for an unplanned family reunion which, as expected, unleashes old tensions. The evening… Read more.

Melbourne Festival: Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour. Melbourne Festival. Photo Supplied

It was impossible to get a ticket for Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, but it’s running for all of the Melbourne Festival so as many people as possible can sing their praises and toast them with creaming soda mixed with vodka, Cointreau and a bit of advocaat. Six Catholic school… Read more.

Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical

David Campbell and cast. Photo by Brian Geach.

When Dream Lover – The Bobby Darin Musical made its world premiere on opening night at the Sydney Lyric, it was met with thunderous applause. Designed to make you tap your toes and hum along, this jukebox musical glitters with the best of them. From the first number we’re invited into the life of acclaimed… Read more.