Reviews

Ladies in Black – Sydney Lyric Theatre

Cast of Ladies in Black. Credit: Lisa Tomasetti.

Ladies in Black means well. A new Australian musical based on Madeleine St John’s novel Women in Black, it carries in its quintessentially Australian core an eagerness to charm audiences. Just like young protagonist Lisa Miles longs to grow up, defy boundaries, and find her identity in mid 20th century Australia, so too is this musical trying… Read more.


The Travelling Sisters

The Travelling Sisters. Photo supplied.

The Travelling Sisters and their motley crew of crazy characters stormed into town (literally) this month for a spin around the Bleaches (behind the scrumptious Bens Burgers in West End). It turned out to be a chaotic hour of at times inaudible fun (thanks Mother Nature for the thunderous applause). A somewhat pared back show… Read more.


Orpheus and Eurydice – Blue Roo Theatre

Blue Roo Theatre. Photo supplied.

Opera Queensland and Blue Roo Theatre Company joined forces to create a production of Gluck’s opera Orpheus and Eurydice (fun fact:  this is the opera parodied so perfectly by Offenbach’s satirical masterpiece Orpheus in the Underworld). You may well be familiar with the ancient Roman story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice dies from a snake… Read more.


Dreamland – Northern Rivers Performing Arts

Dreamland. Photo by Kurt Petersen.

Eureka Hall, somewhere between Byron Bay and Lismore in the NSW north, has steadfastly stood and served its community for 100 years. These halls are scattered across Australia,  community hubs that bear witness to generations of social history. They are the touchstones of regional life and living, the foundation of a community. A meeting place…. Read more.


The Taming of the Shrew – Montague Basement

Montague Basement's Taming of the Shrew. Photo by Zaina Ahmed

Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is easily subject to criticism about its misogyny and therefore its relevance in contemporary society. Montague Basement’s production, however, is a fresh interpretation that revitalises its outdated predecessor, forefronting victims of domestic violence and transporting Shakespeare’s comedic play to a dramatic platform. Staged initially on a blank stage with… Read more.



Smooth Criminals – Brisbane Powerhouse

Joel Turner and Luke Kennedy in Smooth Criminals. Photo by Christopher Wayne.

  What does a beat boxer and the runner up of The Voice have in common? The late great Michael Jackson. The unlikely duo is Luke Kennedy from Team Ricky on The Voice (and The Ten Tenors) and Joel Turner (world champion beat boxer and platinum selling hip hop artist), and they’ve teamed up to… Read more.


Mack and Mabel – Hayes Theatre Co

Angelique Cassimatis in Mack and Mabel. Photo by Lightbox Photography.

Examining the inevitable self-destruction that comes with a life in the movies, Mack & Mabel, currently playing at the Hayes Theatre, offers a glimpse into the heartbreakingly pernicious yet romantic world of Old Hollywood. It’s a musical that craves praise and affection and finally, under the direction of Trevor Ashley, it seems to earn it…. Read more.


Reefer Madness

Reefer Madness

Jimmy Harper and Mary Lane are in high school and in love and in danger of falling under the thrall of a deadly green menace called Reefer Madness. Writers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney have taken inspiration from a short film, made in the 1930s as a warning to parents about the dangers of cannabis… Read more.


Singin’ in the Rain

Cast of Singin' in the Rain. Photo credit: Jeff Busby.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1952 release, Singin’ in the Rain, is the type of film that you can watch a hundred times and still find it exciting, engaging, and engrossing. On the first viewing you are captivated by the story. Every subsequent viewing you find yourself mesmerized by the brilliance of Gene Kelly, Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds…. Read more.


The Gathering

The Gathering. Photo by James Terry

The Gathering is a new musical co-written by Will Hannagan and Belinda Jenkin, directed by Chris Parker and musically directed by Daniel Puckey. Opening at fortyfivedownstairs this week, and supported by the city of Melbourne Arts grants program, this new Australian work takes a Gen Y look at friendships, relationships and letting people in, set… Read more.


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