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.
MLOC Productions Inc. continues celebrating 70 years of community musical entertainment with the popular rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar, being presented from November 6 – 14, 2015 at the Phoenix Theatre, Elwood (Vic).
“I had a dream ....” sings Momma Rose, the quintessential stage mother as she pushes her daughters onto the stage and relentlessly pursues stardom. The story of the musical Gypsy, currently being presented by Hornsby Musical society, followsRose, June and Louise in their trip across the United States during the 1920′s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born. Initially Rose focuses all of her energy on June the younger of the two, but when June tires of Rose’s antics and leaves the act Rose is forced to try and mould the shy Louise into a star.
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.