Since 1960 Neil Simon has written an extensive repertoire of plays. Rumours is just one of them, but this farce has particular significance in that it was written as personal therapy in an emotional time for the playwright. Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre Group is staging the play in November and you can bet it’ll be therapy for audiences… in fact, a prescription for laughs. Lesley Reed reports.
The Tony Award Winning Musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to shock and entertain this October with Ashfield Musical Society set to bring a slice of country pie to the Inner West. The country & western musical, which is about to make a revival on Broadway later this year, is a toe-tapping, thigh slapping musical that opens on October 23rd at Concord RSL.
Playwright Harold Pinter asserted, ‘One way of looking at speech is to say that it is a constant stratagem to cover nakedness.’ These words make a soon to be produced one act play seem very intriguing indeed, because the work is titled A Conversation with Harold Pinter. SA’s Pinter fans can see it as part of new SA theatre company Sealand Theatre’s first season. Lesley Reed reports.
For its final production for 2015, Arts Theatre Cronulla presents The Diary of Anne Frank. The adaptation by Wendy Kesselman from the original stage play by Goodrich and Hackett is directed by Neil Moulang.
Musical theatre’s answer to The Bachelor is heading to the Stirling Community Theatre in Adelaide this November, for the first time in 16 years.
On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his “married friends” explain the pro’s and con’s of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious array of interactions.
Playlovers and the Irish Theatre Players join forces in November and December 2015 to stage the WA premiere of A Man of No Importance by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty – the same team behind Seussical and the Tony Award-winning Ragtime.
Based on the 1994 film starring Albert Finney, the musical is set in 1964 Dublin and follows bus driver Alfie Byrne, whose heart holds secrets he can’t share with anyone but his imagined confidante Oscar Wilde.
Classic Broadway musical West Side Story plays at the Zenith Theatre in Chatswood this November.
Famously based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet and featuring Stephen Sondheim’s brilliant lyrics and Leonard Bernstein’s extraordinary score, West Side Story places star crossed-lovers Tony and Maria squarely at the centre of a New York City gang war.
A PLAY that created a public furore when first released – and is now regarded as an Australian classic – comes to the Old Mill Theatre (WA) in October 2015.
Written by Fremantle-born Alan Seymour and directed by Brendan Ellis, The One Day of the Year follows the Cook family during the week of Anzac Day and, while family patriarch Alf sees it as the one time of year old Diggers can get together and be commemorated, his son Hughie regards it merely as an excuse for them all to get drunk.