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Also known as 'OperaChaser', Paul's passion for attending opera in performance spans 30 years. With a background in architecture and an unstoppable need to travel, Paul's foray into the world of reviewing started as Opera Australia's inaugural Critic-in-Training. He has reviewed opera for various other websites and currently blogs at

Paul has written 13 articles on AussieTheatre

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Curtains – The Production Company

Simon Gleeson and Alinta Chidzey. Photo by Christopher Parker

The Australian premiere of the Broadway musical-whodunnit Curtains adds another feather to The Production Company’s cap with this polished, brisk and sophisticated laugh-a-plenty production. Peter Stone’s original book and the concept completed by Rupert Holmes is well-crafted and wittily transformed by Fred Ebb’s lyrics and John Kander’s fizzy blend of bright unmistakable Broadway-style tunes, mellow ballads and light jazz. In this Bostonian backstage-murder-mystery, Jessica Cranshaw… Read more.

City of Angels

City of Angels

From the company that launched their talents last year at Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse Theatre with an inventive production of Stephen Sondheim’s Passion, Life Like Company has returned with a brilliantly sexy and boldly sung production of City of Angels. Local musical theatre diehards can celebrate because they’ve waited since 1989 for this multi Tony Award winning Broadway musical, composed… Read more.


Company. Watch This. Photo by Jodie Hutchison

Company is the latest dalliance with another Stephen Sondheim work from independent company Watch This (following Assassins and Pacific Overtures). Making marvellous use of that delightful theatre space three flights down at fortyfivedownstairs, it’s a slick, evocative, low-budget show that reaches high and scrapes the edges of excellence. But getting there wasn’t easy for a… Read more.

Monash University Academy of Performing Arts: Bluebeard’s Castle

Monash University Academy of Performing Arts: Bluebeard’s Castle

Beyond expectation and presented free of charge, an impressive display of music and performance by the Monash Academy Orchestra treated the audience at the Monash University’s Robert Blackwood Hall on Sunday afternoon. As the third free-ticketed event of a four-concert season presented by the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts, and my first encounter with… Read more.

Lyric Opera of Melbourne: L’heure espagnole & Gianni Schicchi

For months, Lyric Opera of Melbourne milked everything possible in their advertising campaign that, at first seemingly cryptic, flooded their Twitter feed with the hashtag #MeetTheMule. It was a clever association (accompanied with beaut marketing) to two delightful and comic stories set to one-act operas that premiered in the early years of the 20th century:… Read more.

Midsumma: Harvey Milk the opera in concert

While the national opera company is being lampooned for regurgitating the easier-sell popular works, it’s great seeing smaller companies presenting works that broaden the opera experience. The year has just begun and Melbourne Opera’s new production of Der Freischutz and Emotionworks-Cut Opeta’s attempt to make opera accessible with La Beatles Boheme are underway. Then, sneaking… Read more.

Falstaff – Opera Australia

Warwick Fyfe as Falstaff for Opera Australia. Image by Jeff Busby

Closing Opera Australia’s 2014 season in Melbourne, Falstaff succeeds as the most intelligently integrated production of the year. As well as showcasing a large cast of Australasian principals led by Warwick Fyfe, who rollicks about while resembling an exotic, animated tropical fruit as the curiously cod-pieced but well-sung knight Sir John Falstaff, Giuseppe Verdi’s last… Read more.

La Cage aux Folles

Todd McKenney and Simon Burke. Image by Jeff Busby

Amongst the fun and frivolity of the feathers and glitter, the wigs and the legs onstage, backstage and above, a show of its own unfolds at La Cage aux Folles; a drag cabaret nightclub on the seedier side of St Tropez. It was no surprise that The Production Company’s new staging of Jerry Herman’s (music and lyrics)… Read more.

Melbourne Lyric Opera: Werther

I’m comparing Lyric Opera of Melbourne’s new production of Werther as a little tugboat compares to a cruise ship. That’s because the last time I saw Werther was earlier this year at New York’s gigantic Metropolitan Opera starring Jonas Kaufmann and Sophie Koch. Before that, in Paris, the same pairing beguiled in an Opéra National… Read more.

Victorian Youth Opera: The Play of Herod

If you witnessed the conviction and stride with which the young enthusiastic performers displayed in their enactment of a world premiere interpretation of The Play of Herod, you’d recognise the great things happening at the Victorian Youth Opera camp at Victorian Opera. Their story of the birth of Christ and King Herod’s subsequent fears of… Read more.