Reviews

One Night The Moon

Yesterday I read a Facebook status that said “one night the moon sucked the big one’. It’s not quite the phrase I’d use (in print), but you can’t deny its honesty or the passion and disappointment behind its expression.


The Rites of Evil

In a recent interview, playwright (and actor) Travis Cotton said that mediocrity is the toughest challenge he faces in his work. Fortunately, there is nothing mediocre in his latest creation, The Rites of Evil, or in Red Stitch’s production of it.


A Streetcar Named Desire

A Pulitzer Prize winning play performed by Sydney’s most well regarded theatre company starring an Oscar winner – it was always going to be one of the most anticipated theatre openings on the Sydney calendar. Fortunately Liv Ullmann’s Sydney Theatre Company production of A Streetcar Named Desire doesn’t disappoint. Seeing this production reminds us why Tennessee William’s… Read more.


En Trance

En Trance is a gut-felt provocation of passion and emotion that re-defines our understanding of Butoh. If you’re already amazed by Yumi Umiumare’s extraordinary burlesque cabaret, her first solo show cannot be missed.   


Jimeoin on Ice

The reality of daily life may seem boring, that is until Jimeoin makes the mundane hilariously funny. The Irish born actor and stand-up comedian might have shied away from fish and seagull jokes, but there was no hesitation when someone in the crowd suggested he crack one about Irishmen. Neither did he think twice about… Read more.



The Ballad of Backbone Joe

As the season of The Ballad of Backbone Joe sold out, I’m thrilled to know that more and more of Melbourne are lining up for the fabulous madness and unexpected beauty of The Suitcase Royale. With the beliefs of anarchists and the souls of poets, this Melbourne-based trio (Joseph O’Farrell, Miles O’Neil and Glen Walton)… Read more.


Traces

Wow! High energy, high risk and guaranteed to leave you gasping, Traces is sure to leave its indelible mark on everyone who sees it. Circus company Les 7 doigts de la main was formed in 2002 by seven graduates of Montreal’s National Circus School. In a city where internationally renowned companies like Cirque Éloize and… Read more.


Xerxes

This production of Xerxes is an example of a rare confluence of the operatic planets, proving just how wonderful opera can be when everything is done right. It also proves that Handel opera can be as dramatically pleasing as any other opera when approached with loving respect, as it has been here by director Roger Hodgeman. First… Read more.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Completely camp and outrageously glitzy, Harvest Rain has turned the biblical tale of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat into a night of superficial fun. Returning to the stage for the second time this year, the musical delivered what it promised; a visit to the 60s and a “unique, fresh and slightly quirky” creation. It… Read more.


The Boy Friend

Apart from knowing this was the show that launched the career of the legendary Julie Andrews, that’s about all I knew of the 1920s-inspired musical, The Boy Friend – an embarrassing admission, perhaps. But unlike other successful and much-revived musicals of the 1950s, I think it’s fair to say the individual songs from The Boy… Read more.


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