Reviews

CircUS

Presented by Flipside Circus. Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts. 9 – 12 April 2014

Unleashed energy, agility, music, comedy – all non-stop from eleven performers, 10 to 17 years old.

Flipside Circus trains youths of school age to discover themselves and their capabilities through circus skills. The non-competitive activities encourage individuals to explore their own boundaries and, encouraged by their mentors and tutors, amaze themselves by bursting through those boundaries.

 

Rigoletto

By Verdi. Opera Australia. Director: Roger Hodgman. Conductor: Renato Palumbo. State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne. April 12 – May 10, 2014.

This was a new production of Verdi’s masterpiece, and I hope it stays in the repertoire for many years to come. The curtain opened during the overture to reveal Rigoletto preparing to go to work, the structure revolved to show the exterior of the house, and revolved more to reveal the ducal palace. It was very effective.

Pinocchio

Created by Rosemary Myers with writer Julianne O’Brien. Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Opera House present a Production by the Windmill Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Director: Rosemary Myers. Playhouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House. 11 April – 4 May 2014

The much loved, much reworked 1882 adventures of Pinocchio, the naughty, fib-telling wooden puppet, gets a mainstage Easter holiday season at the Playhouse. Parents, beware — this is not your regular, cozy, one-act theatre treat for ‘kids of all ages’. This is a full-length, high-volume update, ‘recommended for ages 7+’, but likely to be best appreciated by sophisticated teens.

Gallic Symbol

Marcel Lucont. Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tuxedo Cat, 17 Wills Street, Melbourne April 7-20th, 2014.

“Witty acerbic Frenchman seeks audience for one hour only, for fun, adventure, and maybe something more”.

Cars and Girls

Alexis Dubus. Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tuxedo Cat, 17 Wills Street, Melbourne April 7th – 20th, 2014.

UK comedian Alexis Dubus is more than just a comic – he’s a skilled writer, a poet, a storyteller. Perhaps that’s why the audience was in his own words “one of the quietest he’s had”, they weren’t quite sure what they’d stumbled into when Dubus began his show and it became apparent the entire thing was in verse.  They quickly settled into the groove, however, hard not to when the storyteller is as affable and engaging as Dubus.

The Legend Of King O’Malley

By Bob Ellis and Michael Boddy. Don’t Look Away. Director: Phil Rouse. Musical Director: Tom Pitts. La Mama (Vic). April 9 – 20, 2014

Written in 1970 this show is based around the colourful life and controversial times of King O’Malley, a Texan, who dabbled in a variety of occupations including founding his own religion, before moving to Australia for his health. He held public office in South Australia and became a Member of the House of Representatives in 1901 in the newly formed Commonwealth of Australia, having claimed he was a Canadian by birth.

Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas. Axis of Awesome

Part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Famous Spiegeltent at Federation Square, 8 Apr – 20 Apr.

Viva La Vida Loca Las Vegas is the latest show from Axis of Awesome, a comedy rock and roll trio who are regulars at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. Well known for their YouTube clips, Axis of Awesome parody popular music styles with original material poking fun at generic song structures, along with mashups of existing numbers.

The State of the Tasmanian Economy

By Jonathan Biggins. Blue Cow Theatre Company (World Premiere). Director: Robert Jarman. Theatre Royal, Hobart. 10–12 April 2014

The State of the Tasmanian Economy, written by Jonathan Biggins for Blue Cow Theatre, is a comedy marriage made in heaven, set in Tasmania. Playwright and political satirist Biggins was commissioned to write a new comedy play for profit-share theatre company Blue Cow Theatre. The result was a funny, fast laugh-fest for the world premiere production, ideal for an experienced collection of actors.

Interplay

Sydney Dance Company. Canberra Theatre Centre, 10–12 April. Southbank Theatre, Melbourne, 30 April – 10 May, 2014

Interplay is a collection of three modern dance works by contemporary choreographers.  The first, 2 in D minor, choreographer (and SDC director) Rafael Bonachela set to excerpts from J.S.

Dreamsong

Music by Robert Tripolino. Book and lyrics by Hugo Chiarella. Directed by Dean Bryant. Theatreworks, St Kilda. 9th-20th April, 2014

The wealth of talent currently in Musical Theatre – in Melbourne alone – is truly staggering. When you put wunderkinds Tripolino and Chiarella together with a fabulous cast and current “flavour of the month” director Dean Bryant, in a brand new Australian musical that is a biting satire on organised churches, you can expect it to be something very special indeed.

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