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WAAPA: Hair causes Hallucinations

Photo:  Jon Green

Hair is an ensemble piece that recounts and shares the thoughts, lives and angst of hippies disillusioned with the American political system during the 1960s. Cast members certainly were ‘hairy’. All male cast members, bar one, had beards and the females underarm hair. Director Tanya Mitford elicits some fine performances…

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Review: The Winter’s Tale, Bell Shakespeare

Rory Potter as Mamillius. Image by Michele Mossop.

The Winter’s Tale is a rarely-performed and uneven, but occasionally glittering, part of Shakespeare’s canon. Half-tragedy, half-comedy, it is a bit of a beast to stage with clarity. Bell Shakespeare, in John Bell’s playful production, comes close to getting it right. By framing the story through the eyes of son…

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Mockingbird: The Judas Kiss

Mockingbird: The Judas Kiss

Mockingbird Theatre continue to give us memorable text-on-stage productions of the plays that we wish we’d seen the original productions of, and give performers the chance to play roles that they’ve dreamed of. At Theatre Works this week, they’re giving us The Judas Kiss: David Hare’s imagining of the behind-doors conversations…

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The Mountain Top: Queensland Theatre Company

Candy Bowers as Camae and Pacharo Mzembe as Dr Martin Luther King Jnr
Photo: Rob Mccoll

Queensland Theatre Company’s latest offering The Mountain Top, sits perfectly in QTC’s 2014 canon of works which Artistic Director Wesley Enoch states is the year of leadership. Enoch comments in the program notes that each play in the season “expresses a concept of leadership and social growth”. The Mountain Top,…

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Good-bye Miss Monroe: Metro Arts

Matt Young and Anna Burgess

The phrase ‘world premiere’ often instils a fear of an impending mediocrity. However the recent world premiere of Good-bye Miss Monroe, written and directed by Liam de Burca, easily makes good on the promise and is sure to win audiences around the globe. When Marilyn Monroe was found dead under mysterious circumstances in…

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The Long Pigs

The Long Pigs. Photo by Ponch Hawkes

Coulrophobia: fear of clowns. If you’ve never been scared of clowns and their silly red noses, you will be by the end of The Long Pigs. Rejected and broken by their own kind, the three long pigs (from the Melanesian Pidgin for “human flesh”) are so bitterly dark and absurdly…

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Empire returns to Melbourne

Oscar

ANOTHER circus show in a Speigeltent… Surely we’ve seen it all? Hell, no! Empire captures everything that makes the intimacy of these mirrored tents so special and combines it with acts so originally dazzling, jaw-dropping dangerous and blush-inducing hilarious that it re-ignights the most jaded love for circus and burlesque. Empire originated in…

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