Reviews

Chimerica – Roslyn Packer Theatre

Chimerica. Image by Brett Boardman.

The light comes up on a group of people standing clad in white, backs to the audience. They are holding a plastic shopping bag in each hand. It is an image of naïve heroism – an act of defiance in an attempt to change a nation. It is the image of the ‘Unknown hero’,  of… Read more.


Calamity Jane – Hayes Theatre Co

Credit: John Mcrae.

With a woman who refuses to shrink down into the boxes her society assigns her, a rowdy saloon in the middle of the Wild West, strongly hinted queer subtext, and an immersive theatre experience, One Eyed Man Production’s Calamity Jane has something for everyone. And if none of that sparks your interest, it boasts an incredibly… Read more.


EDC Propels into 2017

Propel - Expressions Dance Company. Image supplied.

If you haven’t been to an Expressions Dance Company (EDC) show, you are missing some of the most evocative performances in Brisbane; even if dance is not your ‘thing’, actually, especially if dance is not your thing. Under the Artistic Direction of Natalie Weir, EDC is a group of supremely talented physical performers, who manipulate… Read more.


MTC: Faith Healer

Paul Blackwell. Faith Healer. MTC. Photo by Jeff Busby

Faith Healer, directed by Judy Davis, at Sydney’s Belvoir last year was so successful that the MTC put it into the Sumner Theatre. While twice as many can see it each night, most can’t experience the intimacy that made it so successful and the production struggles to find its strength in the large space. Irish… Read more.


West End to Broadway in the Reservoir: The Movie Musicals

Underground Opera. Image supplied.

West End to Broadway in the Reservoir: The Movie Musicals is well explained by its title. It’s a concert of musical theatre songs from well-known movies musicals and Underground Opera presents the show in the fabulous Springhill Reservoir. The show began well- with ‘Broadway Melody’ from the first movie musical, Broadway Melody, which was sung… Read more.



Away – Sydney Opera House

The cast of Sydney Theatre Company’s Away. © Prudence Upton

The word ‘classic’ is often used to describe texts that have stood the test of time. Shakespeare is probably the reigning definitive of the term, but Henrik Ibsen, Arthur Miller and others of their ilk spring to mind. It’s rare to find an Australian playwright’s name on that list, but Michael Gow’s Away is a… Read more.


The play that goes so wrong that it’s right

The Play That Goes Wrong. Luke Joslin, George Kemp, Nick Simpson Deeks, James Marlowe

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society present The Murder at Haversham Manor. It goes wrong. Very wrong. So wrong that it’s totally right. The Play That Goes Wrong by Mischief Theatre was first seen in 2012 in a 60-seat theatre. With a new second act, it went to the Edinburgh Fringe and has now been swimming through tears of… Read more.


La Mama: The Fever

La Mama. The Fever

In a hotel room in a third-world country, an unnamed person recounts a story of the fever he suffers from – and he’s not talking about the illness that has him sweaty and vomiting. Written by actor Wallace Shawn for himself to perform at private functions, The Fever debuted in 1990 and underwent a re-write… Read more.


The Judas Kiss – Old Fitz Theatre

Photo by John Marmaras.

Oscar Wilde’s writing may be well known, but for some, his lascivious and scandal-filled past is less renowned.  David Hare invites us into that past in The Judas Kiss, asking us to consider how Wilde’s slew of young lovers led to his persecution and ultimate exile from a society that denounced homosexuality as illegal, deviant… Read more.


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