Review – Avenue Q, Enmore Theatre

Avenue Q at Sydney's Enmore Theatre.

Avenue Q won the coveted Best Musical Tony Award in 2004, which was a surprise considering it was up against the intensely popular Wicked, Caroline or Change, a wonder of a work, and The Boy From Oz (yes, our Boy From Oz).  It’s eleven years on now, and it’s not…

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The best of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Jennifer Kingwall

In 2015 the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, now in its sixth year, elected as their  the chocolate-dipped strawberry as their new emblem; a humble yet iconic treat that, despite its modest size, incorporates a complex coupling of bombastic freshness and naughty, dark, decadence – the perfect analogy for everybody’s favourite mongrel…

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The Production Company: West Side Story

West Side Story. The Production Company. Sean Mulligan and Jets.

The Production Company was formed in Melbourne in 1999 by Jeanne Pratt AC. Still supported by individual and business sponsors, they present three short-run musicals a year with the ongoing goal to “provide professional opportunities for local artists and to entertain Melbourne audiences with the best shows from Broadway and…

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Review: Cuckoo

Cuckoo. Photo by Lachlan Woods

Jane Miller completed Cuckoo as part of the Masters of Writing for Performance at VCA. Produced with the support of fortyfivedownstairs, it’s beautiful writing that lets hope shine in its blackness and continues to establish Miller as one of Melbourne’s most exciting independent writers. Mel (Natalie Carr) and Leo (Matthew Molony) are a middle-aged…

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Review: Akio! – Hayes Theatre Co

Ellie May, Kevin Clayette, and Demitra Alexandria in Akio!

Sydney’s Hayes Theatre, a dedicated small space for musical theatre and cabaret, has branched out now into school holiday, family-friendly fare. The show that marks this growth is Akio!, a devised physical/dance theatre piece that draws heavily on video game reference and stylistic choice to share what is, at its heart,…

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Melbourne Cabaret Festival: Reviewing the Situation

Phil Scott

I am an unashamed fan of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! The film captured my imagination when I was very young and, although I had nightmares about Bill Sykes, I learnt every word of every song and wore out my vinyl LP of a “special cast recording” starring Jon Pertwee as a…

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Review: La Traviata – Opera Australia

Opera Australia's La Traviata. Image by Branco Gaica

Opera Australia’s current production La Traviata, directed by Elijah Moshinsky and first staged in 1994, is a sumptuous, desperately romantic take on the full-hearted tragedy, and it’s an emotional experience. This is a story that pops up all over the place in different tellings and forms – think Pretty Woman…

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Review: Bajazet, Pinchgut Opera

Christopher Lowrey and Emily Edmonds in Pinchgut Opera's Bajazet. Photograph by Keith Saunders.

There’s no doubt that audiences are challenged by double-crosses and deceit of the story told in Vivaldi’s opera Bajazet. But this Pinchgut Opera presentation makes it worthwhile. All elements come together to deliver an experience that is thrillingly beautiful, psychologically grim, and—in the end—emotionally satisfying. This suggests a productive working…

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Theatre Works: Saltwater & Letters Home

Joe Lui, Jamie Lewis

Saltwater and Letters Home is a double bill of solo shows by 20-something artists who were born and brought up in Singapore and now live in Australia. Jamie Lewis and Joe Lui share their stories of  parents and childhood to explore what they think of when asked about “home”. Jamie Lewis’s Saltwater can only welcome…

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