Theatre

Sydney Festival Review: Anthem is a poignant yet entertaining look at Australia’s despair

January 20, 2020

An all-star collaboration of sorts, Anthem sees acclaimed writers Christos Tsolkas, Patricia Corneleus, Andrew Bovell and Melissa Reeves reunite with composer Irene Vela following their 90s-era play Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? A series of stories interweave through the backdrop of Melbourne’s train network, with a range of characters thrust together on public transport […]

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Sydney Festival Review: I’m a Phoenix, Bitch is a poignant display of the darkness and desperation of motherhood

January 17, 2020

Performance artist Bryony Kimmings is known for work centering on the personal, with prior shows exploring her partner’s depression, a show devised with her tween-aged niece and another sleuthing the source of an STD. In I’m a Phoenix, Bitch, however, things get far more raw. If one uses life experience as a platform for their […]

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Theatre Review: War Horse dazzles audiences with phenomenal puppetry and a deeply moving story (Melbourne)

January 16, 2020

Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse returns to Melbourne to dazzle audiences at the newly refurbished Regent Theatre. The play exhibits a deeply moving and emotional story about the bond between a boy and his horse during the outbreak of WWI accompanied by stellar puppetry, captivating lighting […]

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Sydney Festival Theatre Review: ‘Black Ties’ is a warm exploration of Indigenous and Maori relations

January 13, 2020

The wedding comedy is common shorthand through which to explore culture. Those from different traditions are forced to navigate a new frontier, negotiate new sets of terms and decide what parts are most important. Black Ties sees this culture clash cleverly told between an Indigenous and Maori family, highlighting both the similarities and stark differences […]

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Sydney Festival Theatre Review: The White Album sees Joan Didion holding up a magnifying glass to 1960s America

January 10, 2020

The White Album may have been a seminal record by The Beatles but it’s also a book of essays by Joan Didion. Published in 1979, it is an evocative text where the author made some piercing observations about her world during the late sixties in America. Sydney Festival played host to a clever adaptation of […]

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Sydney Festival Theatre Review: Double Delicious’ is a heart-warming and fun look at heritage & storytelling told one dish at a time

January 9, 2020

Food, glorious food can mean so much. It is nourishing and keeps us alive. It’s something we share with loved ones. It can also be a window to certain cultures- you can be an active participant in a small and perhaps unknown community. This is the scene that Double Delicious operates in: it’s a heart-warming […]

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Move over Minchin: Australia’s Eddie Perfect is the latest Broadway Star with Beetlejuice

November 25, 2019

While the fanfare over Tim Minchin’s work on Matilda felt deafening, it may surprise some to learn that he’s not the only Aussie who’s setting Broadway alight with his lyrics and music. Enter another composer-actor-comedian, Melbourne born Eddie Perfect – who you’ll remember from performance in Offspring or from penning and starting in the hilarious […]

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Theatre Review: Mercutio and The Prince of Cats both entertains and confuses its audience at Sydney’s Old 505

November 24, 2019

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is one of the most iconic tragedies of all time. If you’re unfamiliar with this tale of woe – plot spoiler – they die in the end. But Giles Gartrell-Mills, the writer behind Mercutio and The Prince of Cats, isn’t interested in the star-crossed lover’s plight. Instead the play focuses on […]

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Why David Byrne’s American Utopia is unlike anything Broadway has ever seen

November 20, 2019

I’ve always loved the theatricality of music; that indescribable feeling it can provided when presented with a bit of bombastic flair. But I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a production bring so much life to its soundtrack, as David Byrne has achieved  with his American Utopia show – which is currently enjoying a 16 […]

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Red Carpet Photos: School of Rock The Musical, Opening Night Sydney (15.11.19)

November 15, 2019

Celebrities and guests walked the red carpet for the Opening Night of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s School of Rock the musical playing now at the Capital Theatre, Sydney For more information and tickets click HERE

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Theatre Review: Refraction Theatre burst onto the Brisbane stage, with the Australian premiere of Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist

November 9, 2019

David, an American science fiction author with a serious case of writer’s block, needs to get out of the city. A distant relative, in a quiet Polish town, seems like a good bet. But where David sees an opportunity for isolation, cousin Maria sees a chance to reconnect with a family that rarely calls and […]

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Theatre Review: Chicago is a Sexy Romp of Athletic Performance

September 16, 2019

One of the longest-running musicals in history, Chicago returns to our shores again, seemingly only a heartbeat since it’s the last production, which was in fact in 2009. As the show-to-end-all-shows, it seems interesting to have it return, in this mounting of the most recent Broadway production. However in our current era of reality and […]

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Theatre Review: The Beautiful Game makes its goal-scoring Melbourne debut.

September 16, 2019

The Beautiful Game is a lesser known award-winning collaboration between the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton. On premise, it’s difficult to be excited by a musical based on football (soccer) if you have no interest in the sport, but by the end, you’ll discover that that’s not really what the story is about […]

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Sydney Festival reveals Black Cockatoo as first show of 2020 season

August 8, 2019

Sydney Festival has announced it’s first show of 2020 with Black Cockatoo, a bold new collaboration between screenwriter Geoffrey Atherden and festival artistic director Wesley Enoch. Premiereing at the festival, Black Cockatoo tells the story of legendary cricketer Johnny Mullagh, bringing together Sydney Festival and Ensemble Theatre to explore the tale of Australia’s first ever […]

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Interview: Bert LaBonte (Australia) on playing Marvin Gaye in “Let’s Get It On”

July 25, 2019

Following a successful run earlier this year, Let’s Get It On: The Life and Music of Marvin Gaye is returning to Melbourne next week for a brief but anticipated encore run. Playing the main man in the production, Lillian Altman caught up with Bert LaBonte to talk about playing the iconic musician. Marvin Gaye lived […]

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Theatre Review: Come From Away arrives in Melbourne for a night of endless fun and laughs

July 19, 2019

This Canadian musical kicked off in Ontario back in 2013 before finally making its way to Broadway in 2017. Now, in 2019, the town of Gander has landed in Melbourne for its Australian premiere at the Comedy Theatre. Come From Away takes place in the week following the 9/11 attacks, where 38 planes and almost […]

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Theatre Review: Baby Bi Bi Bi is a wickedly funny hour of cabar-gay

July 9, 2019

From the moment the Flesh Coloured Panties crew (consisting of Samantha Andrew, Erin Pattison, Annabel Larcombe and a Portable Closet) take to the stage with a rendition of “Salad with the Girls, But in a Gay Way”, the scene is set for an hour of deliciously crude and wildly inventive cabaret. With a focus on bisexuality, a […]

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Theatre Review: Cassie Workman’s Giantess is a heartfelt (and hilarious) triumph

July 8, 2019

One day, while shopping for school supplies, a little girl is kidnapped by a troll. She spends the next thirty years trapped in the troll’s house, gradually assimilating to his lifestyle. She cooks, cleans, and is careful to never look outside at the world beyond. Isolated and convinced of her own brokenness, only a giantess […]

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Theatre Review: La Silhouette brings powerful immersive theatre to Brisbane’s MELT festival

July 2, 2019

Brisbane’s The Sui Ensemble have brought immersive theatre to MELT, with the cabaret club inspired La Silhouette. Bringing tales from Brisbane’s queer history to life, audience members participate as club patrons, with (almost) entirely free reign to move and interact as they like throughout the show’s two hour running time. Will you accept owner George’s invitation […]

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Theatre Review: After a night with Ruby Slippers and co, I LOVE GAY – and you will too!

July 2, 2019

Commander Ruby Slippers and her band of queer warriors are here and they’re ready to slay! Featuring acts from across Australia, I LOVE GAY is a cabaret style celebration of all the colours of the LGBTQ+ rainbow, and it’s damn near impossible not to get swept away in the fun. Produced by Slippers and Brisbane’s […]

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Theatre Review: Tender Napalm will get in your face and under your skin

June 22, 2019

Tender Napalm is a dynamic play by English storyteller Philip Ridley bought to life in the Holden Street Theatre by Scuti Productions. Under the razor-sharp direction of Rachael Williams,  Man and Woman (played brilliantly by Mark Healy and Carol Lawton) act out a veritable storybook of fantastic tales. The set is simple, stark and effective. […]

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Theatre Review: Things I Know to be True will leave you shaken and amazed

June 18, 2019

A word of advice about Things I Know to be True – do not read any reviews about this play. Just see it. Immediately, if not sooner. Do not risk any twist, turn or roundabout being ruined for you. Having said that, here’s my thoughts. I went into this play with no expectations, having heard […]

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Theatre Review: Made to Measure is a brave exploration in body image

May 20, 2019

An impending wedding often brings out the worst in people. Familial and societal expectations collide with capitalism at the extreme of feminine expression. The wedding industrial complex magnifies every insecurity and extracts large sums from its subjects. Where women on the larger end of the body spectrum deal with constant reminders and callouts regarding their […]

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Theatre Review: Jane from H.R. is hosting her first Gumtree Orgy, and we’re all invited!

May 14, 2019

Anywhere Festival is in full swing in the River City and while theatre fans are hopping from one curious venue to another, Jane from H.R. is hosting her first orgy at the Metropolitan Motor Inn in Brisbane’s Spring Hill. Presented by Lady Beard & Co., Gumtree Orgy is both wickedly funny and heart-achingly timely, as […]

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Theatre Review: Todd McKenney is the greatest showman in Barnum: The Circus Musical (Melbourne)

May 7, 2019

After thirty seven years, Barnum: The Circus Musical – which debuted on Broadway in 1980 – has returned to Australia for a strictly limited season. This astounding blend of musical theatre and circus acts lights up Melbourne’s iconic Comedy Theatre and fills it with laughs, awe, and magic for a night of pure fun. Set […]

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Theatre Review: West Side Story‘s limited run in Melbourne highlights why it is still the best of the best

April 10, 2019

Widely regarded as one of the greatest musicals of all time, the original 1957 production of West Side Story stunned audiences and changed the game for American musical theatre going forward. Since then there have been a multitude of productions focused on retelling this timeless story to new audiences. In 1961 it received a film […]

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Theatre Review: Muriel’s Wedding is a colourful celebration of the Australian way of life (Melbourne)

March 25, 2019

The 1994 motion picture Muriel’s Wedding, written and directed by PJ Hogan, thrust stars Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths to International stardom and instantly became an Australian cult classic. Grossing an equivalent of AU$117 million, today, even those unfamiliar with its origins know its iconic quotes. Now adapted into a humorous, smart and colourful stage […]

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Theatre Review: Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour’s West Side Story proves that thunder & rainbows only happen when it’s raining

March 24, 2019

It was Wet Side Story at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour on Friday night. Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway classic was an emotionally-charged and important affair. It may have been over 60 years since this musical first premiered in the States, but its themes and feel remain as fresh and resonant as ever. This production is the […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: Schuldfabrik is a sustainable system of upcycling guilt

March 19, 2019

One of the more obscure installations at this year’s Adelaide Fringe was the pop-up store, Self – Human Soap. Nestled away in King William Street in the CBD, it looks as inviting as any other high-end beauty store, but this store has a marked difference to the others. Schuldfabrik is a German word, where ‘schuld’ […]

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Adelaide Festival Review: Grand Finale is a joyous celebration of life and death

March 18, 2019

Israeli-born, London-based choreographer, Hofesh Shechter has had an impressive CV since 2007, when he released his critically acclaimed work “In your rooms”. Grand Finale is the first of his full-length works to be presented in Australia as part of the Adelaide Festival. The Hofesh Schechter Company is a diverse group of international dancers from eight […]

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