Reviews

Trivia

By Stephen Vagg. Brisbane Arts Theatre. 23 March – 20 April 2013

It’s always exciting when a new play arrives and even more so when it is set locally about familiar characters.

Leap of Faith: Circus in Motion

National Institute of Circus Arts. Artistic Director – Matthew Jessner. 4 - 13 Apr 2013

Leap of Faith: Circus in Motion showcases the talents of 24 final year Bachelor ofCircus Arts students from NICA, the only training institute of its kind in Australia, providing professional training through a 3 year Bachelor of Circus Arts.

Performing in their state-of-the-art, purpose built facility these extraordinary young people leapt, spun and bounced their way through 70 minutes of contemporary circus. The physical strength, flexibility and dexterity displayed were amazing in this well rehearsed show, which flowed beautifully from act to act.

Girl in Tan Boots

By Tahli Corin. SBW Stables Theatre. Collide and Griffin Independent. April 1 – 20, 2013

Hannah hasn’t turned up at her parents’ house as usual for a meal on Sunday. She isn’t taking calls. She hasn’t been seen since Friday evening. Her mother (Odile Leclezio) reports her missing and Detective Carapetis (Linden Wilkinson) begins investigating. 

Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2013

Our Reviewers are out and about at the Comedy Festival.
Just the Two of Each of Us

The Pajama Men. Arts Centre Melbourne, Fairfax Studio. April 4 – 21.

The Addams Family

Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Based on characters created by Charles Addams. Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Opening Night: March 23, 2013.

Dancing off black and white TV screens onto the stage, The Addams Family now springs to life in its own joyous musical comedy, playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

Based on the Charles Addams cartoons that inspired the TV show, black, white and shades of grey still provide the broad palette, allowing judicious splashes of cleverly placed colour to illuminate plot and character in striking designs.

The Birdmann & Tigerlil

Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, 21 & 22 March 2013

These are actually independent vaudeville or burlesque acts. They complement each other in style, to make before-and-after halves of a 90 minute show.

The Zoo Story

By Edward Albee. Directed by Don Bridges. Good Little Theatre. Revolt Productions, Kensington. 22 – 25 March, 2013.

"On a Sunday afternoon in New York's Central Park two strangers Peter and Jerry strike up a conversation that will result in the most dramatic change that a person can experience in their life." So says the publicity material for the Good Little Theatre's Production of Edward Albee's The Zoo Story.

Seven Last Words

Conducted by Paul Stanhope. Sydney Chamber Choir and the Sydney Camerata. The Great Hall, Sydney University. March 24, 2013.

The Great Hall at Sydney University provided both a beautiful setting and perfect acoustics for this special Easter presentation from the Sydney Chamber Choir.

Penelope

By Enda Walsh. Directed by Alister Smith. Red Stitch Theatre Company. Theatreworks, St Kilda. March 22nd – April 13th, 2013

The jury is still out on whether Irish playwright Enda Walsh is the natural successor to Samuel Beckett. Only time will tell. However, I’m happy to play judge and declare that Red Stitch is definitely guilty of being Melbourne’s most cutting edge and exciting theatre company and sentence them to another two decades of doing just what they’re doing now.

Carmen

By Georges Bizet. Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour. Director: Gale Edwards. Set Design: Brian Thomson. Costume Design: Julie Lynch. Choreography: Kelley Abbey. March 22 – April 12, 2013.

Sydney has had an extraordinary weekend of glittering opening nights. I was lucky enough to enjoy the puppet wizardry of War Horse, the spectacle of Carmen and the pure entertainment of The Addams Family on successive days.

All were brilliant in their own way, but if I was forced to award a Gold Medal for the number one ticket in town it would have to be Carmen.

Opera Australia pulls out all stops to make this a showcase of excellence in all departments.

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