Reviews

Kryptonite

By Sue Smith. A State Theatre Company SA and Sydney Theatre Company production. The Space Theatre, Festival Centre, Adelaide. October 22-November 9, 2014

Kryptonite is a brilliant new work by celebrated playwright, screenwriter and script editor Sue Smith. Produced in Sydney by Sydney Theatre Company and now in Adelaide by State Theatre SA, the play is nothing short of stunning in every respect, including its production.

Sweeney Todd

Music by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Hugh Wheeler. Spotlight Theatre, Benowa, Gold Coast. Directed and Choreographed by Tess Burke Oct 24 – Nov 15, 2014

If you like your musicals bright, light and colourful, then Sweeney Todd is not for you. The curtain opens onto a dark foggy night in old London and you can feel the tone of the complex story covering everything from betrayal, lust, greed, and murder.

The title role was played brilliantly by Lionel Theunissen, with a large supporting cast: all with excellent singing voices under the baton of Matt Pearson. I could not find one weakness, quite a bonus in community theatre.

Dangerfield Park

By Sven Swenson. La Boite Indie and Pentimento Productions with the support of QPAC. Roundhouse Theatre. 21 Oct – 5 Nov 2014

Dangerfield Park and Angel Gear are companion pieces playing in repertory during October and early November.

Encoded

Stalker Theatre. Riverside Theatres, Parramatta. October 23 – 25, 2014

Collaboration across the arts is becoming more common and more and more imaginative. In this production by Stalker Theatre interactive digital technology and 21st century choreography come together in a creative combination of excitingly different images and movement. The work is equally stunning in its perception and its reality.

The Phantom of the Opera

By Andrew Lloyd Webber, Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe. Gosford Musical Society. Director: Christopher Hamilton. Musical Director: Chris Hochkins. Choreographer: Bronwyn Russell. Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford. October 18 – November 15, 2014.

Back in 1986 this iconic show had everyone doing a classic double-take when Michael Crawford literally became an overnight sensation. Who knew 'Frank Spencer' could sing – let alone make audiences swoon?

One Slight Hitch

By Lewis Black. Australian Premiere. Galleon Theatre Group (SA). Domain Theatre, Marion. October 23-November 1, 2014.

There’s not a hitch or a hiccup in Galleon Theatre Group’s Australian premiere production of Lewis Black’s wedding day farce, One Slight Hitch.

Blood Wedding

By Federico Garcia Lorca. Directed by Emma Sproule. Dionysus Theatre. Performing Arts Centre MecClelland College Karingal (Vic). Oct 17 – 26, 2014

There is no doubt that Emma Sproule has great vision as a director, and is innovative with it. Ignoring the stage on offer, she sets Lorca’s passionate and poetic play on the flat auditorium floor with the audience surrounding the actors, and sometimes the actors surrounding the audience in circular motion as a “Greek Chorus”. The circle represents the inevitability of life that is so hard to break, generation after generation of women in particular unable to change what is predestined for them.

When The Mountain Changed Its Clothing

By Heiner Goebbels. Featuring the Vocal Theatre Carmina Slovencia. State Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne. Until Sunday 26 October, 2014

This is a marvelous chance to hear some extraordinary choral work that is moving, mysterious and other-worldly. From a simple start of an almost empty stage When The Mountain Changed Its Clothing leaves a beautiful expanding and flourishing rich sense of spring full of promise. Perhaps ambiguously it is the promise in the life of women or a woman, perhaps a simple homage to womanhood or just a homage to spring and the life-cycle.

In the Next Room; or, The Vibrator Play

By Sarah Ruhl. Hobart Repertory Theatre Society. Playhouse Theatre, Hobart. Director: Steven Jones. 24 Oct. – 8 Nov, 2014

A play about the history of the vibrator is a fascinating, but perhaps risky, subject, or is my prudishness showing? In the Next Room; or, The Vibrator Play, written by Sarah Ruhl was presented by Hobart Repertory Theatre Society. The sexual subject matter was enhanced by the themes of love and misunderstanding between men and women, and gender, class and race inequality. The action coincides with the dawn of electricity and 1880s Victorian social environment.

The Wharf Revue 2014 Open for Business

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott. Musical Director: Phillip Scott. Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall. Sydney Theatre Company. Wharf 1 Theatre. October 22 – December 20, 2014.

Like a beloved TV sit com, the Wharf Revue team returns every year with ever new hysterical laughter and that shared warmth of seeing an expert team again making merry from cant and pomposity. Incredibly, creators Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott have been delivering it since the turn of the century.

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