Reviews

The Grief Parlour

Created by the cast (Emily Ayoub, Roziye Delaney, Katie Crowl, Gareth Rickards, Kate Worsley). Clockfire Theatre Company. Old 505 Theatre, Surry Hills (NSW). 30 May to 3 June 2012.

Death can be a moving experience           

 

Clockfire is a new Australian theatre company dedicated to producing original, ensemble-based theatre. Clockfire was founded in France in 2011 by Emily Ayoub and Roziye Delaney, two graduates of the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris. Each Clockfire story begins with a concept and is developed through physical improvisation. They have planned a trilogy dealing with sex, death and greed.

Moonshadow

By Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Rachel Wagstaff and Anders Albien. Music: Cat Stevens/Yusuf. Director: Anders Albien. Musical Director / Orchestrator: Stephen Amos. Set Designer: Adam Gardnir. Choreographer: Yvette Lee. World Premiere. Princess Theatre, Melbourne (Vic). May 31, 2012 (for 12 weeks).

Moonshadow is beautiful - to look at, and listen to. With 40 songs by Yusuf (Cat Stevens) one motivation for getting a ticket is for the songs alone, but they are not the end of it. Moonshadow was always going to be different.

Starchaser

By Lally Katz (World Premiere). Arena Theatre Company and Arts Centre Melbourne. Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne. Director: Christian Leavesley. Set: Jonathon Oxlade. Sound: Jethro Woodward. 2nd June, 2012 (two public shows).

If your space-crazy child is going to see Starchaser, you’d better be quick. There are only two public shows this weekend in the intimate setting of the Fairfax Studio, after eight shows for school groups this week.

At the World Premiere performance this morning, writer Lally Katz told the school children gathered that she had wanted ‘to write something about longing’.

‘I just really like outer space,’ she shrugged, ‘and it’s my dream to go to space in my bed.’

Annie

Book by Thomas Meehan, Music Charles Strouse, Lyrics Martin Charnin. John Frost, Power Arts, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Two Left Feet Productions. Regent Theatre, Melbourne (Vic). Director: Karen Johnson Mortimer. Costumes: Kristian Fredrikson. Musical Director: Peter Casey. Choreography: Kelly Aykers. From 29th May, 2012.

Playing to an audience, with all the generations covered, highlights were aplenty at Melbourne’s Annie opening at The Regent tonight (29th May). Everything a musical theatre lover demands was in evidence including super tight singing, creative choreography, well-executed dance, eye-catching costuming and effective set design.

Scrubbers

By Cenarth Fox. Strathmore Theatrical Arts Group (Vic). Director: Cenarth Fox. Choreographer: Margaret Rawlinson. Strathmore Community Centre. May 31 – June 9, 2012.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Scrubbers, but it sounded like fun and it was. It was an Australian five-hander by Cenarth Fox, who was there to direct and get the best out of his players.

The musical is about five cleaning ladies, all with various disappointments in their lives. Dee has been struggling to become a singer, and when the others join her as an all girl band, they forget their woes and embrace this new goal.

Hairspray

Book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Music by Marc Shaiman and Lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Rockdale Musical Society and Canterbury Theatre Guild. Director: Chris Scarpellino. Musical Director: Andy Peterson. Choreographer: Craig Nhobbs. Canterbury Hurlstone Park RSL Club. May 25 to June 3, 2012.

Bursting from the stage with vitality and colour from its first lively, jiving ensemble number, striking choreography, vibrant costuming and extravagant wigs are early stars of this co-production of Hairspray. The energy and enthusiasm with which the ensemble nailed choreographer Craig Nhobbs snappy routines, and swirled designer James Worner’s splendid, colourful 60s costumes set benchmarks sustained until the high-energy finale.

Lucy Black

By Paul Gilchrist. Subtlenuance Theatre Company. Tap Gallery, East Sydney. Director: Paul Gilchrist. Musical Director/Performer: Heidi Lupprian. Designer: Chloe Lawrence-Hartcher. Cast: Richard Hilliar, Sonya Kerr, Corinne Marie, Joshua Morton, Zara Zoe. 24 May to 3 June, 2012

The first cut is the deepest.

The initial impact of Lucy Black is the language. Paul Gilchrist has set his story in Elizabethan England and his five characters speak in the mode of their times. The language is beautiful and flows easily from the actors, and Is straightforward enough for the audience to understand and connect with. Listening to this unfamiliar language keeps us on our toes as we navigate this metaphysical tale.

Better Man

By Alex Lycos. Bulldog Theatre Company. Director Alex Lycos. Lighting Design: Bill Illiades. Cast: Jey Osman, Panda Likoudis, Helena Stamoulis, George Harrison, Natalia Ladyko, Alex Lycos, Alicia Gonzalez, Michael Arvithis, Charles Billeh, Nick Mavridis. Sidetrack Theatre, Marrickville (NSW). 24 May to 10 June, 2012.

What shall it profit a man, to be better?

Alex Lycos has been incredibly successful in recent years with his Alex & Eve trilogy, packing The Factory main stage venue for performance after performance. Alex’s new play, Better Man, opens at the Sidetrack, where the Alex & Eve phenomenon all began in 2008.

Don Quixote

Queensland Ballet. Playhouse, QPAC Brisbane. May 19 – June 2, 2012

François Klaus’s version of the classic Cervantes novel celebrates another milestone in the final year of his eight-year tenure with Queensland Ballet.

The lavish production captures everything most ballet goers seek: spectacular scenery, gorgeous costumes, and brilliant dancers weaving magic to transport us to illusiondom where we escape our everyday routine.

The Mousetrap

By Agatha Christie. Hobart Repertory Theatre Society. Playhouse Theatre, Hobart. Director: Ingrid Ganley. 25th May – 9th June, 2012.

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