Reviews

Xanadu the Musical – Hayes Theatre Co

Jaime Hadwen and Ainsley Pelham, Image: Frank Farrugia.

The 1980 romantic-fantasy film Xanadu was a box-office disaster that went on to garner a cult following (perhaps due to the soundtrack, featuring songs by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar). Xanadu the Musical, with songs by Lynne and Farrar and book by Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act the Musical), trades on that cinematic disaster past: on… Read more.


Review: As We Forgive, Griffin Theatre Co

Robert Jarman in As We Forgive. Image Supplied.

Robert Jarman stands alone on the SBW Stables stage proper. Against the wall, near the entrance, a cellist (Jack Ward) plays something sombre (by Raffaele Marcellino) . Blurred, aged projections (Lisa Garland) flicker above Jarman’s head, showing title cards, definitions of forgiveness, and more. This is As We Forgive. Tom Holloway has written three monologues… Read more.


Jenny Wynter in Viking Mama!

Jenny Whinter in Viking Mama. Photo supplied.

Jenny is a Viking mama of three. She keeps a blog about the everyday battles she faces as a parent: from mustering the fortitude to get out of bed, to shopping with children who constantly want things, to dealing with passive-aggressive neighbours who seem to have everything under control. When Jenny forgets to book a… Read more.


The Events – Belvoir Season

Catherine McClements & One World Choral. Image: Brett Boardman.

Claire (Catherine McClements) is an Anglican minister and director of the church choir. After a mass shooting erupts at choir practice, she tries to come to terms with the aftermath. This is Belvoir’s The Events. It is a story that has become all too familiar in contemporary society with horrors like the one that inspired… Read more.



Gutenberg! The Musical!

Gutenberg! The Musical!

Theatremakers bring this semi-historical, entirely hilarious Gutenberg! The Musical! to life for Brisbane’s Anywhere Theatre Festival 2016. Broadway wannabies Bud Davenport and Doug Simon (played by Anthony Demarco and Louis Peake) are doing a reading of their (less than historically accurate) musical about the inventor of the printing press, Johann Gutenberg, hoping to attract the… Read more.


Malthouse: The Glass Menagerie

Pamela Rabe & Rose Riley. Photo by Pia Johnson

The narrator tell us The Glass Menagerie is a memory play. The narrator is also a character in the play. He is also a thinly-veiled version of playwright Tennessee Williams. Currently at Malthouse Theatre, actor Luke Mullins draws the audience into the play and then into the home of Tom, his mother Amanda (Pamela Rabe)… Read more.


Singin’ In The Rain opens in Melbourne

Image by Belinda Strodder

The success of Singing in the Rain’ is its mix of homage, iconic film moment re-creation – it really rains! – and a sprinkle of surprising original moments. Jonathan Church’s UK production moved from The Chichester Festival Theatre to the West End in 2012 and was a hit. Church is also the new Artistic Director of the… Read more.


MTC: Straight White Men

MTC. Straight White Men. Photo by Jeff Busb

“What would you be willing to give up to make a difference in the world?” Young Jean Lee wrote Straight White Men because a three-act naturalistic play about straight white men was the last thing the Korean-American, New York–based, avant-garde playwright and theatre maker wanted to write. The result is an extraordinary exploration of privilege that starts… Read more.


Heathers – Melbourne season

Rebecca Hetherington, Lucy Maunder and Libby Asciak as The Heathers. Image by John McRae

Watching a musical based on your all-time favourite film could be a recipe for disaster. In the case of Heathers the Musical, the show, while incredibly entertaining and fun, struggles to use its original source material to create an engaging and innovative show. While a lot of the fantastic quotable lines from the movie are… Read more.


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