Reviews

StageArt: Spring Awakening

Spring Awakening. Photo by Belinda Strodder

Melbourne’s had the opportunity to see two adaptions of Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play Spring Awakening this month. StageArt’s production of the 2006 musical – which won eight Tonys, including Best Musical – is the better known and opened at Chapel off Chapel on the weekend that Daniel Lammin’s powerful Awakening closed its second season to… Read more.


My Fair Lady, Melbourne

Image by Belinda Strodder

“Words, words, words! I’m so sick of words I get words all day through.” This was always my favourite song from Lerner and Lowe’s My Fair Lady. Even with misguided-teen romance-goggles, I appreciated Eliza’s frustration with being told what to do, think and say. Show her! Show me! Show us! Which is hard to do… Read more.


The Chapel Perilous

The Chapel Perilous | Photo by Bob Seary

A need for strong female representation arrives at the forefront of today’s entertainment context; to pursue well-rounded characters, and not reduce them to plot tools (the Bechdel Test is an example of how character tests are frequently applied to films/TV shows). It is a real testament to Dorothy Hewett’s 1972 play, The Chapel Perilous –… Read more.


The Timekeeper’s Opus

The Timekeeper’s Opus

There are only two truths when contemplating a Pentimento offering: firstly, you never know what you are walking in to and secondly, you will love the hell out of whatever you find. The Timekeeper’s Opus fulfills both these predictions providing an extra special element unavailable at the usual Svenson fare. An eleventh-hour creation to replace… Read more.


The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong. Image by Jeff Busby.

Fresh from seasons of Cat and Two Sisters (there were casting issues, don’t ask), the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society presents a season of the murder mystery, The Murder at Haversham Manor. The poor cast was plagued by disaster after disaster- slow lighting cues, misplaced props, forgotten lines and many injuries, yet they displayed impressive perseverance… Read more.



The Farce Awakens

The Farce Awakens. Photography by James Jessup.

On Friday evening (12 May) a group of Anywhere Theatre Festival patrons fell down a rabbit hole into a mysterious world hidden in the after-hours space of the Brisbane Museum.  Finding ourselves quickly recruited by a menagerie of characters, wild and wonderful, we were tasked with solving what vexed them, to fend off the impending… Read more.


Regan Lynch Does It In Public

Regan Lynch - Anywhere Theatre Festival. Image supplied.

As part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival, Regan Lynch presents his self-written, one-man show, Regan Lynch Does It In Public – Young Dumb & Full of Comedy. The cabaret was a bold and energetic insight into Regan’s own queer life, exploring controversial topics such as HIV, condoms, queer sex life, and medication. Regan talked candidly… Read more.


Big Fish

Big Fish Cast | Photo by Kate Williams Photography

Musicals that pull on your heart-strings are not an easy find, but the Hayes production of Big Fish – a modified 12-chair version of the 2013 Broadway musical – proves that imaginative but humble stagings can ignite the magic of storytelling equally, if not better than the often rife efforts of a full-blown spectacle. Based… Read more.


Cabaret, Melbourne season

Cabaret, Melbourne season

David M Hawkins’s production of Cabaret may be as pretty as Sally Bowles’s green nail polish, but the only person who loved the green was Sally* and we know her manicure was cheap and chipped. After a mixed reaction to the Sydney season (now referred to as the preview season), Hawkins brought in director Gale… Read more.


The Sylph

Gertraud Ingeborg, The Sylph | photo by Bob Seary

Staging a one-person theatre production presents many challenges; it demands an engaging script and a versatile actor who can capture the attention of the audience for the entire duration of the show. This year’s The Testament of Mary, by Sydney Theatre Company ran into such a conflict (where despite a very good performance, its script… Read more.


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