Review

Review: Hand To God is the most hilarious show you’ll see this year (Performances until March 18th)

Hand To God has become one of Broadway’s classic comedies with two Tony Awards under its belt. Now Australian audiences have the opportunity to broaden their theatrical minds with a play that has no boundaries. I don’t think you’ll fully understand what the show is about until you immerse yourself into the crass and messed up…

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Strangers in Between is yet another triumph for Tommy Murphy (Performances until February 11)

In what is another standout dramatic piece of writing from playwright Tommy Murphy, Strangers in Between is a heartwarming tale of friendship and self-discovery. As part of this year’s Midsumma Festival theatregoers were treated to an extraordinary piece of work led by three of Australia’s greatest male actors; Simon Burke, Guy Simon and Wil King. Directed by Daniel Lammin, is…

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Tech Review: Travelling with the Lumix TZ110

I spent three weeks away in Singapore and Malaysia recently, and the folks at Panasonic very kindly sent their feature-packed compact DMC-TZ110 camera along with me – winner of Camera Magazine Australia’s “Digital Fixed Lens Camera of the Year” at their 2017 Imaging Awards. I still took my D-SLR and two prime lenses along, because…

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Tech Review: The Sony α9 Really Does Feel Like the Future

“The future is now yours.” The Sony Alpha 9’s slogan sounds so esoteric and science fictional, but with 20fps continuous blackout free shooting, 693-point AF coverage and full frame mirrorless sensor, the Sony a9 definitely sounds like the future to me. With so many professionals in my industry – weddings – jumping ship to Sony…

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Tech Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ90 puts power in your pocket

Have you ever wanted to be able to put a 20.3MP camera with full manual controls and 4K video functionality in your pocket? If you said yes, the Lumix DMC-TZ90 might just be your new favourite thing – as long as you don’t plan to shoot after dark. This camera was not designed for me;…

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National Theatre Live’s Angels in America is an eight hour epic that will leave you speechless

As part of the National Theatre Live broadcasts, we have been privy to some of the West End’s most prestigious plays from playwrights that span far and wide. However, Tony Kushner’s multi-award winning two-part play Angels in America is something else. You will never see anything like this in your life. Ever. Directed by Olivier and Tony award winner…

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Review: Circus Oz shows us what it really means to be Australian in electrifying new show Model Citizens (Performances until July 16th)

I’ve been to many a circus show over the years where death defying acts are the norm however, this brand new concept show from Circus Oz has me feeling mighty proud of the creativity and ingenuity of our Australian creatives. Set under the Big Top along Birrarung Marr, the show begins with host Mitch Jones…

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Review: Elvis: The Wonder of You – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne (Performances to 10th June)

Elvis Presley is the OG hunk of burning love, and last night’s Melbourne performance of Elvis – The Wonder of You was the closest thing anyone would ever get to seeing the man himself live. Last week I interviewed Elvis’s best friend Jerry Schilling who emcees the show, and something he said really stood out to me. He said that this show would…

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Review: Todrick Hall finishes Straight Outta Oz world tour on a high in Melbourne, Australia

YouTube star Todrick Hall finally made it to our shores as part of his Straight Outta Oz tour; a show that will defy any preconceived idea you had about a musical or a concert. The evening began with a series of Hall’s videos projected onto a large screen showing his most famous videos dating right…

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Theatre Review: Cabaret opening night an audio disaster but slapstick splendour (performances until May 20th)

The show must go on, and that is exactly what happened after director Gale Edwards stopped the show right before Sally Bowles‘ iconic number, “Cabaret”. Of all night’s for there to be serious mic/audio issues of course it had to be opening night, right?! That’s the beauty of live theatre. In what was a marvellous show of team…

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MICF Review: 3 Course Comedy is a foodies paradise (Performances until April 22nd)

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a late night comedy show on a weeknight and strolling the streets of Melbourne with fellow comedy goers. 3 Course Comedy enticed me by their title first and foremost, mostly because I’m a foodie and I love a good degustation. Plus, why not support up and coming comedians! Each night the line-up changes…

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MICF Review: Cath Styles in Girl’s Night (Performances until April 9th)

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned girl’s night out, so when this show came onto my radar I had to rally up my bestie and make a night of it. The idea of this show is that each night, three different female comedians will take to the stage with Cath Styles as the MC. Now,…

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MICF Review: Matt Okine: We Made You (Performances until April 2nd)

Triple J Breakfast just isn’t the same without the dream team Matt and Alex. I really miss listening to their friendly banter and views on certain issues that overwhelm our society, so it was a no-brainer to head along to Matt Okine‘s one-man show and have a good ol’ catch up. Okine’s style of comedy is really…

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National Theatre Live has done it again, this time with Hedda Gabler (In Select Cinemas from 1st April)

I officially have a new hobby – seeing any National Theatre Live film that comes to Australia. This is a genius concept that has been going on for a number of years but this particular viewing was my first time. Imagine being able to see the best of British theatre at the cinemas?! Genius I tell…

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Dance Review: The Australian Ballet bring yet another triple bill masterpiece to audiences with Faster (performances commence in Sydney on April 7)

There is nothing quite like seeing a contemporary ballet reflect the world in which we live in. For such a traditional dance form where discipline is paramount in the execution of movement, to see such fluidity and freedom amidst the dancers is refreshing and forward-thinking. The Australian Ballet‘s Artistic Director David McAllister says this triple…

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Theatre Review: Ladies in Black will be spoken about for years to come (Performances at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne to March 19)

It’s so refreshing when an original piece of work is brought to a wider audience, especially one that shines a light on a snippet of Australian history. Ladies in Black had such a successful premiere season last year that they’ve come back to delight audiences once again, this time touring to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and ending in…

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Video Games Review: XCOM 2 (PS4, XBOX ONE, 2016)

After spending the last six months as a PC exclusive, XCOM 2 has finally arrived on consoles. With everything going on in the world of gaming and VR, it has taken some time to finally dig into the game and enjoy it while sharing a few little comparisons to its PC counterpart which was released…

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Cabaret Review: I See Me & Meryl Streep – The Space Dance & Arts Centre, Melbourne (21.06.16)

If you could have any famous person play you in a film, who would you choose? For most it would be the Blake Lively type, or Megan Fox. Oh no. Not for young actress Alexandra Keddie.  The love affair – more like obsession – Keddie has with Ms Streep is so endearing. It actually says a lot about her…

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Arts Review: Megan Hilty in Concert – Hamer Hall, Melbourne (8.6.2016)

An open letter to Megan Hilty. Dear Megan, Hi, my name is Kara. You may remember me from the other day. Or not? I bumped into you outside The Langham Hotel in Melbourne as you were wrapping up a photo shoot. You startled me. I honestly couldn’t believe I’d met you. Let me tell you, the…

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Arts Review: Songs for a New World – Chapel Off Chapel, Melbourne (Performances until June 12)

What better way to spend a wintery Sunday afternoon than at the theatre soaking up all the incredible orchestrations by the one and only, Jason Robert Brown. As you enter The Loft at the iconic Chapel Off Chapel you are wistfully calmed by the sounds of a lapping sea, as a ship with its mast…

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Review: Heathers: The Musical – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances until May 22nd)

What a time to be alive and witness the magnitude of talent we have here in Australia. If you have yet to experience the incredible gifts of our young Aussie guys and girls, then Heathers: The Musical is the best way to ease you in. Amidst a sea of scrunchies, yes that’s right scrunchies, the Arts…

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Theatre Review: VELVET, Cremorne Theatre, QPAC (performances to 15th May)

After a successful run at the Brisbane Powerhouse during last year’s Brisbane Festival, raucous disco cabaret VELVET made a triumphant return to the River City, taking over the Cremorne Theatre at QPAC. Once a huge fan of the standard cabaret fare, the borderline offensive humour and the sexy-but-kinda-weird acts offered by shows like Club Swizzle, Absinthe, and La…

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Arts Review: Miss Universal by Atlanta Eke – Chunky Move Studios, Melbourne (Performances to December 12th)

One of the beautiful things about contemporary dance is its ability to transcend mediums not often explored by mainstream dance disciplines. However, when it comes down to it, there does need to be a message that isn’t clouded by obscurity and organic motive. Miss Universal is Atlanta Eke’s second work commissioned in the Next Move…

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Arts Review: Jerry’s Girls – the Production Company – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances To December 6)

What a breath of fresh air for Australian musical theatre. In recent years, we’ve tried to create our own original work but it hasn’t always translated. Well, let me tell you; this one translates. Starring 11 of the industry’s most dazzling ladies comes a show dedicated to celebrating the works of American composer and lyricist…

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Theatre Review: City of Angels – Life Like Company – Arts Centre Melbourne (Performances to November 8th)

Before you all start to fantasize about Nicholas Cage and Meg Ryan, I must tell you; this musical is not the stage adaptation of the 1998 film of the same name. But, I can assure you it is just as juicy, just as sexy and just as heartfelt. City of Angels is all about the…

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Theatre Review: Jurassica – Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne (Performances To November 7)

Red Stitch is one of Melbourne’s leading theatre company’s and the fact I had not yet seen one of their shows is unacceptable. Well, I must say, the standard has now been set. Jurassica was my first taste of what sort of work this company can produce and it blew me away. There was really…

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Video Games Review: Lego Jurassic World (PS4, 2015)

To say TT Games’ ever-expanding stable of Lego-branded video games has been successful is to undersell just how wildly popular their games have been and continue to be. Their stubborn inclusion of couch co-op coupled with clever leveraging of beloved film properties have created a new kind of movie tie-in game. Lego Jurassic World continues…

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Film Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (M15+) (USA, 2013)

Upon the trailer’s release, those who aren’t familiar with Cassandra Clare’s novels – the source material – immediately began comparing The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones to Twilight and Harry Potter. While the Harald Zwart-directed film is a worthwhile addition to the tween fantasy genre, it fails in more ways than one and is unlikely to impress anyone over the…

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