Reviews

Rigoletto

By Giuseppe Verdi. Opera Australia. Directed by Elijah Moshinsky. Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. July 6 - August 24, 2018

Opera Australia sure enjoys its Elijah Moshinsky productions. When superstar Verdi specialist Leo Nucci pulled out from the role of Rigoletto, it wasn’t just the cast that changed. The company also chose to switch its revival to Moshinsky’s crowd-pleasing interpretation, famous for its La Dolce Vita-inspired design. First staged in 1991, the production brought an opulence to this dark work and it was a little Italian minor that stole the scene in the third act.

Club Provocaré

David Williamson Theatre, Melbourne Polytechnic, Prahran, Victoria. July 5 – 15, 2018.

Straight out of the back alleys of Berlin, Bernie Dieter is the hypnotic and erotic diva of Kabarett and the host of her new show, Club Provocaré.

The Rolling Stone

By Chris Urch. Outhouse Theatre Co and Seymour Centre. July 3 – 21, 2018

“It is the business of art to be dangerous,” writes Adam Cook in the foreword to his production of The Rolling Stone, a play that challenges the religious, cultural and political powers that “struggle with the notion of homosexuality”.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Written and Directed by Nathan French. Spotlight Basement Theatre, Benowa, Gold Coast. July 4-14, 2018

It’s Panto time on the Gold Coast and Spotlight’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk is one not to be missed.    

At the helm of the show is first time writer/director Nathan French and he has delivered a fast moving and very entertaining staging of a favourite nursery story.

The Sleeping Beauty

The Australian Ballet. The Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. July 6 – 10, 2018

The Sleeping Beauty is pure opulence on every level. Dance, music, scenery and costumes all combine to make a memorable experience for all ages.   

David McAllister has taken the much-loved gem of the classical ballet repertoire and made it his own without destroying the original intention of Marius Petipa and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Survival

By Allee Richards. Directed by Marissa Bennett. Lonely Company. La Mama at Brunswick Mechanics’ Institute. 5 – 11 July 2018

Nadia (Tatiana Kotsimbos) lies unconscious in a hospital bed.  They pumped her out, but she took all the pills she had – anti-depressants and whatever else - and her life hangs in the balance.  Her mother Alison (Lainie Hart) is adamant it was an accident, that Nadia was just trying to calm herself down.  Nadia’s other – and biological – mother Heidi (Wendy Bos) doesn’t believe it.  Heidi, it turns out, is only there by chance.  She’s an aid worker in Kenya with an NGO, back in Melbourne for a conference.  That her presence i

Festen

By David Eldridge. Presented by Play Dead Theatre. Rippon Lea Estate Ballroom, Rippon Lea House and Gardens. 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick. 5-22 July, 2018.

This production is a stunning example of site specific theatre which creates the impression that the play was especially written for the space. The opulence of the ballroom and the depth of stage area it provides are all used in a highly creative and effective manner. The attention to detail in the set and the beautifully choreographed movement gives the performance a sense of elegance and eloquence.

Pack Of Lies

By Hugh Whitemore. Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang, Gold Coast. Director: Nathan Schulz. July 5th – 15th, 2018

Based on a true story, a Pack Of Lies deals with the covert operations of two Russian spies in suburban London in the early sixties. 

Barbara – Kate Armon, Bob – Craig Smith and daughter Julie – Hope Di Sessa have lived in their comfy home for a number of years. About five years ago a ‘Canadian’ couple Helen – Amy McDonald and Peter – Ken Sauers moved in across the street and they all became the best of friends.

TWO

By Jim Cartwright. STARC Productions. Bakehouse Theatre (SA). July 4-14, 2018

There’s froth, plenty of body and a lasting after taste in the beer they serve at the Northern England working class pub that’s the setting for STARC Productions’ staging of Jim Cartwright’s quirky play TWO.

Banned

By Barbara Hostalek. Mudskipper Productions. Directed by Hellie Turner. The Blue Room, Northbridge, WA. 3-14 July, 2018

Barbara Hostalek’s first play is thoughtfully structured drama, with well developed characters, beautifully brought to life by director Hellie Turner and her cast for Mudskipper Productions and the Blue Room.

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