Reviews

With Love and Fury

Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet - With Love and Fury. Image Supplied.

A very Aussie evening. What an extraordinary experience; With Love and Fury, a collaboration between Katie Noonan, Brodsky Quartet, and a bevy of Australian composers, all inspired by the poetry of Brisbane’s Judith Wright, was oh-so-much-more than a contemporary classical concert. Katie’s voice is remarkable, otherworldly, and her mastery as well as her distinctive style, were… Read more.


Melbourne season: Little Shop of Horrors

Esther Hannaford in Little Shop of Horrors, Melbourne 2016. Image by Belinda Strodder

The only down side of the Little Shop of Horrors Melbourne season is that it’s only three weeks. The sci-fi schlock musical by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken (who went onto Disney fame) about a blood-loving plant changing the fate of miserable florist shop workers Seymour and Audrey was inspired by a 1960 film, opened off-Broadway in… Read more.


Red Stitch: The River

Ngaire Dawn Fair & Dion Mills. The River. Photo by Jodie Hutchinson

Award-winning UK writer Jez Butterworth (Mojo, Jerusalem) continues to explore men and masculinity in The River, which has its Australian premiere at Red Stitch. A man (Dion Mills) has brought his girlfriend (Ngaire Dawn Fair) to his cabin by a lake and convinces her to come fishing on a moonless night. On his return, he frantically tries to call… Read more.


Review: The Detective’s Handbook

The Detective's Handbook at Hayes Theatre Co. Image by Clare Hawley

It’s always exciting when Australia gets a new homebred musical like The Detective’s Handbook. It’s a rare and special treat in a landscape of mass-produced shows imported from overseas to witness something new and fresh, particularly when young Australian talent like Ian Ferrington and Olga Solar write it. The Hayes Theatre Co has previously given… Read more.


MTC: Peddling

Darcy Brown. Peddling. Photo by Jeff Busby

After its Melbourne season, Peddling is touring to regional Victoria in May. Part of the MTC Education and Families program, the script is on the  2016 VCE drama playlist and although aimed at school groups and students, it welcomes a broader audience. A teenage Boy is living on the London streets and peddling toilet paper and sponges door-to-door under… Read more.



Tick, Tick … BOOM!

Tick, Tick ... Boom! Pursued by Bear

Pursued By Bear burst onto the Melbourne Musical Theatre scene back in 2013 with a critically acclaimed production of Next To Normal. Since then, the team have produced well received, high quality musicals at Chapel Off Chapel. Their newest offering is no exception, Tick, Tick… BOOM! is an energetic and emotional must-see offering of musical… Read more.


Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company

Hay Fever – Sydney Theatre Company

Imara Savage knows her way around a comedy. In her hands Hay Fever, the Noel Coward classic currently holding court at Sydney Opera House’s Drama Theatre, feels surprisingly, merrily, sharp. Heather Mitchell is Judith Bliss, a mostly-retired veteran of the theatre who carries herself as though the whole world really is a stage. Her new… Read more.


Disgraced – Sydney Theatre Company

Sachin Joab and Shiv Palekar in Disgraced. Photo by Prudence Upton.

The Pulitzer Prize in Drama is awarded “for a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life.” Disgraced certainly has plenty to say about dealing with American life, insofar as I can perceive it from Australia; the play is set in a contemporary, post-9/11 New York, and charts… Read more.


Bastard Territory – QTC & JUTE Theatre Company

Bastard Territory – QTC & JUTE Theatre Company

Standing at three hours long with two intervals, it is testament to Stephen Carleton’s writing and the actors’ storytelling that made this production of Bastard Territory fly by. Audiences may be put off by the unusually long contemporary play, but the only thing noticeable about the length was that the seats got a little uncomfortable by the end;… Read more.


Victoria Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor

Jessica Pratt as Lucia, photo by Jeff Busby.

With the astonishing soprano Jessica Pratt in the title role, Victoria Opera have re-imagined the 1986 Opera Australia production of Lucia di Lammermoor made for Dame Joan Sutherland. Gaetano Donizetti’s 1885 opera is set in Scotland in the 1700s. Lucia is in love with a handsome young dude (who wears black leather) , but is forced to marry the… Read more.


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