A Bad Year for Tomatoes, written by John Patrick,is a comedy about Myra Marlowe, a beautiful and famous television actress who retreats to a quiet town of Beaver Haven in New England to write her memoirs. As Myra tries to settle into a quiet life alone with just her tape recorder and the chance to grow tomatoes, her tranquility is soon shattered when her nosy neighbours arrive on her doorstep. This community of zany characters constantly bombard Myra with their own special brand of loony tunes moments.
Nominations have been announced for the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria’s 2015 Bruce Awards for Excellence, which will be presented at an Awards Ceremony on December 12 at the Costa Hall, Geelong Waterfront.
The Music Theatre Guild of Victoria Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation for the ongoing support, encouragement and development of non-professional music theatre in the state of Victoria.
In 1933, when African American Paul Robeson played Othello in London, the legendary actor/singer’s performance in the role was seen as a revolutionary, even shocking new development in theatre. Theatregoers of the time didn’t realise it, but Robeson was not creating history. There’d been a precedent by another actor one hundred years before. Now there’s to be an Australian Premiere of a new play about that trailblazing actor, Ira Aldridge. Lesley Reed reports.
Rockdale Opera Company presents Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at Rockdale Town Hall during November 2015.
A profoundly humane comedy, The Marriage of Figaro (Nozze di Figaro) is a marriage of Mozart’s music at the height of his genius and is often regarded as one of the best librettos ever set. In adapting a play that caused a scandal with its revolutionary take on 18th-century society, librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte focused less on the original topical references and more on thetimeless issues embedded in the frothy drawing-room comedy.
Don't Dress for Dinner is a zany farce written by Marc Camoletti (Boeing Boeing). When Jacqueline decides to visit her mother for a few days, her husband Bernard grabs the chance to arrange a cosy weekend with his new mistress in his French countryside home.
It’s a love story with a difference. It’s Pygmalion in Footscray with a nod towards Educating Rita. A retired English Literature teacher (with a penchant for the Marx Brothers) falls on hard times. He meets a newly arrived young woman, one of the original boat people from Vietnam. Neither speaks the same language. How they communicate is a mix of mirth and misunderstanding until along come the words of a playwright called Shakespeare. As a one-act play with three characters, Shakespeare in Saigon was wonderfully successful.
At Epping in NSW, Theatre on Chester’s third production for 2015 is Over the Moon And Far Away, written by Carla Moore, teacher, director, NIDA playwright graduate and life member of the Theatre on Chester.