Reviews

Sex With Strangers

Sex With Strangers

Matilda Award Nominated Sex With Strangers is back for a sizzling return season. Olivia is a woman d’un certain âge who retreats to a quiet bed and breakfast to work on her second novel. Her first novel didn’t enjoy tremendous popularity, but Olivia strives for quality over mass appeal. Surrounded…

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Adelaide Fringe: Blood At The Root

Blood At The Root.Photo ©2014 Penn State Centre Stage

Blood At The Root is inspired by the true story of six black teenagers being charged with attempted murder after a school yard fight and bashing of a white kid. It is essentially a play about racism, but flows freely into many sub-stories in the wider sphere of discrimination to…

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Adelaide Fringe: [title of show]

[title of show]. Photo by Daniel Salmond

You might think that a show about writing a show about writing a show would be confusing. You’d be right. However, if you’re willing to enter the rabbit hole, it’s certainly worth it. [title of show] follows Jeff, Hunter, Heidi and Susan as they fight to get their show, [title…

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Review: Gaybies, Darlinghurst Theatre Co

Zindzi Okenyo and Georgia Scott in Gaybies. By Helen White

At the Eternity Playhouse in Darlinghurst, currently, is Dean Bryant’s Gaybies: a verbatim piece he has devised and also directs. Gaybies, featuring interviews from the children of gay parents, is a pleasant meditation on the lived experiences of people who are often used as catalysts of fear in anti-gay debates,…

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Adelaide Fringe: Papillon

Papillon. Photo by Brig Bee Photography

Papillon was a big Fringe winner last year. And looking at the massive line up at the door and packed to the brim house at the show I was at, it could be a big winner with audiences this year too. While this show is not the most polished of…

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Victorian Opera: The Flying Dutchman

Victorian Opera. The Flying Dutchman. Photo by Jeff Busby

Opera at the magnificent sea-side Palais Theatre with the audience wearing 3D glasses! Victorian Opera are sure giving us a new look at Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman. Close to his home in Norway, captain Daland (Warick Fyfe) takes shelter in a fjord where a huge and red ship pulls alongside. With the promise…

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Adelaide Fringe: SOAP

SOAP. Photo by Andy Phillipson

Placing SOAP into any genre (or section of The Fringe Guide) certainly won’t wash with me; it can fit into any of them, all of them! It’s a fantastic fusion of cabaret, circus, dance, music and theatre (with some comedy too). There is so much in it and it is…

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Adelaide Fringe: A Simple Space

A Simple Space. Photo by Chris Hertzfeld

Gravity and Other Myths perform A Simple Space with such informality and good humour, even in the face of huge risks, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d just walked in on a group of reckless kids messing around in a backyard. That said, they’d have to be some pretty…

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Gillian Cosgriff is Whelmed

Gillian Cosgriff is Whelmed. Image supplied

In a small an intimate performance space at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, comedienne, singer, songwriter and pianist, Gillian Cosgriff, set the mood by conducting her housekeeping in song. In next to no time she had her fellow Gen Y audience members laughing along encouragingly, but it wasn’t long…

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Review: Suddenly Last Summer, Sydney Theatre Co

Suddenly Last Summer. Image by Brett Boardman.

Tennessee Williams always encouraged the reach for something more in the stage directions of his plays, seeking for an elevated storytelling method and set design that would heighten and reinforce his close explorations of the humanity he best knew: the world of his family and beyond where he grew up,…

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