Reviews

Kaleidoscope

Sydney Opera House presents a production by Company 2. Sydney Opera House (Studio). 18 – 28 April 2018.

Kaleidoscope is a unique, lyrical circus experience that challenges the audience to change the way they see the world around them.

The performance centres on 13-year-old Ethan Hugh, who was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome when he was four. Ethan describes his world as an influx of information coming at him, a bit like having Wi-Fi with an intermittent signal, yet amongst the chaos and confusion, he sees the world as a kaleidoscope of changing colours, finding beauty in the smallest things.

Heathers The Musical

Book, Music & Lyrics by Kevin Murphy & Laurence O’Keefe. Based on the film written by Daniel Waters. North Shore Music Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand. Directed by Alexander McKellar. April 20th - 28th 2018

Based on the cult classic 1989 film, this musical explores the special hell that is high school!

In the fast-changing world in which we live, it is reassuring sometimes to realise that some things remain the same. Or is it?

Everyone has been to school; everyone will resonate with the themes of Heathers.

Side Show

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell. Music by Henry Krieger. The Hills Musical Company. Stirling Community Theatre. April 20th to May 5th, 2018

The Hills Musical Company’s latest show Side Show is a musical by Bill Russell (book and lyrics) and  Henry Krieger (music) based on the lives of Daisy and Violet, cojoined twins who became famous stage performers in the 1930s.It is a story about the need for us all to be loved and accepted. It highlights that no matter who we are, unique or ordinary, it is love that completes us all.

Seussical the Musical Kids

Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Ahrens and Flaherty. Co-conceived by Ahrens, Flaherty, and Eric Idle. Based on the works of Dr Seuss. Tudor Theatricals. Directed by Brad Tudor. Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, WA. 21 April, 2018

Seussical the Musical Kids was the product of 35 kids, aged 7 to 14, who spent the first week of their school holidays creating this bright and fun production under the tutelage of director Brad Tudor, Musical Director Shanice Palfrey and Choreographer Allen Blachford. 

Funny Girl

Music: Jule Styne. Lyrics: Bob Merrill. Book: Isobel Lennart. Noosa Arts Theatre Inc.. Director: Ian McKellar. Choreographer: Libbie Hendrie. Arts Theatre, Noosa, Qld. 19 April – 5 May 2018

When Michelle Lamarca as Fanny Brice sang “I’m the Greatest Star” at the beginning of Noosa Arts production of Funny Girl, a frisson of electricity went up my spine and raised the hairs on the back of my neck. I knew that whatever the rest of the performance held, we were in good hands. And with show-stopping performances of some of musical theatre’s greatest anthems, “Don’t Rain on my Parade”, “People” and “My Man”, Lamarca proved she was more than just run-of-the-mill.

Taking Steps

By Alan Ayckbourn. St Jude’s Players. St Jude’s Hall, Brighton (SA). April 19 -28, 2018

What do you do when you are buying a derelict house for your wife but find that she is leaving you? That is only the beginning of Alan Ayckbourn’s 24th play Taking Steps.

Ayckbourn has written and produced more than seventy full-length plays, beginning in 1972. Taking Steps is an early play (1979) and challenging for any company to present. St Jude’s Players have met that challenge and are largely successful.

Bit of Shush

Written & performed by Daniel Connell. Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Melbourne Town Hall, Backstage Room. 29 March – 22 April 2018

Daniel Connell is around 195 cm tall and he gets a lot of dumb comments because of it.  ‘Bet you got a great view from up there, mate,’ etc.  Irritating, eh?  Especially when what Daniel Connell really wants is just a bit of shush – and that is so hard to find these days.  You go for a quiet dinner at your local Indian restaurant – and there’s a f**king snake charmer!  A middle-of-the-day tram that should be real quiet has a mad woman on it, shouting in people’s faces, ‘I do what I want!’ 

The Talk

By Gita Bezard. The Last Great Hunt. Directed by Gita Bezard. Subiaco Arts Centre, WA. 11-21 April, 2018

The Last Great Hunt’s The Talk, written and directed by Gita Bezard, is as its subtitle declares “more than just the birds and the bees”. In a world of sexting, the dark web and porn available on your iPhone, is “the talk” from your parents and teachers enough anymore? Was it ever enough?

Three exciting and enigmatic young performers play a group of 15 year old girls, as well as a variety of other characters. 

12A

By James Hazelden. Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018. La Mama Theatre, Carlton. April 18 – 22, 2018

Enter at your own risk!

A new show by the Mystery Radio Theatre crew, this show will leave you cringing with spooky delight as mysterious revisitations of three intertwining tales combine to create this intriguing theatre production titled 12A.

Written, produced and directed by James Hazelden as part of this year’s Melbourne International Comedy festival, it’s currently being performed at La Mama.

La Traviata

By Verdi. Opera Australia. Director: Elijah Moshinsky. Revival Director: Constantine Costi. Conductor: Carlo Montenaro. Arts Centre Melbourne. April 17 – May 11, 2018

La Traviata returned to the Arts Centre to an enthusiastic audience. This was a revival of a production I hadn’t encountered before, but it worked very well. The opening scene was crowded for Violetta’s party, which was a nice contrast to the closing scene at the same venue, with little furniture or decoration.

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