Reviews

Once

Photo by Jeff Busby

In 2006, Once was a tiny indie movie that went on to win an Oscar for best song and became a Broadway musical that won a pile of Tonys, including Best Musical, a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and some Oliviers. The Australian version of this production opened in Melbourne on…

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Melbourne Fringe: Attic Erratic Presents: Tripped

Attic Erratic present "Tripped" at Melbourne Fringe 2014

The Fringe Hub has a new, informative feature this year: laminated signs marked to indicate that a performance contains certain types of scenes, such as those showing drug use, or strobe effects, or representations of death. Having seen Attic Erratic’s Tripped, an important advisory is missing: “Viewing this show may totally…

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Rodelinda

Greta Bradman

It’s highly unlikely I’ll ever hear all George Frideric Handel’s extraordinary output of more than 40 operas in performance, especially given that it’s taken Rodelinda almost 300 years since its premiere (at the Kings Theatre Haymarket, London, in 1725) to receive its Melbourne debut in a concert performance last Friday…

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Hit Productions: The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps by Hit Productions.
[image: Belinda Strodder].

I wasn’t familiar with The 39 Steps (the film or this play that’s based on the film) but I had heard an awful lot about it: “Outrageously funny”, “Fast Paced” and “It never fails to make me laugh”. HIT Production’s rendition of the famous comedy was none of those things.…

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Review: Sondheim on Sondheim, Squabbalogic

Sondheim on Sondheim company. Image by Michael Francis.

Squabbalogic, the independent musical theatre company that kicked off Sydney’s tiny revolution into becoming a place for high-quality boutique musical theatre, has re-located itself to the Reginald at the Seymour Centre and embarked on a new, 2014-2015 season. The first show is Sondheim on Sondheim, a revue featuring what else…

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Monty Python’s Spamalot

Jon English and Simon Gallaher in Spamalot - Harvest Rain
[photography: Nick Morrissey]

Last night Harvest Rain opened their flyby season of Monty Python’s spoof musical Spamalot to an obvious fan crowd, complete with standing ovation. Based on the 1975 cult film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the musical adaptation by original Pythonite Eric Idle (Book and Lyrics), and Music (John du…

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Melbourne Fringe: Post-Post

Melbourne Fringe: Post-Post

Post-Post is a surreal comedy. A mixture of slapstick gags (sometimes cringe-worthy), puns and boundless energy from creators-performers Harley Hefford and Carly Milroy. We’re sitting in a crowded little room in front of a set made entirely of paper and tape. Post-Post sets itself in the surreal world of snail…

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Best of the Melbourne Fringe, part 3

Best of the Melbourne Fringe, part 3

It’s the last weekend of the Melbourne Fringe; it’s time to go hard and see as much as you can because when you wake up on Monday, it’ll all be over. And it’ll be time to dive into the Melbourne Festival. Prehistoric Elbow Room and Speakeasy Northcote Town Hall to…

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