Reviews

Scarred for Life

Josh Belperio. Adelaide Cabaret Fringe. Carlcew Ballroom. 22-24th June, 2017

Who would have thought that a bicycle accident would be the impetus for a one-man cabaret show? Certainly not this reviewer, but in Scarred for Life Josh Belperio allows us into his pain and suffering with humour, complemented with touches of pathos and love.

Rossum’s Universal Robots

Written by Karel Capek. Directed by Lindsay Nash. Aussie Kelpie Arts. Star Theatres, Hilton, SA. 22-25 June, 2017.

The mystery of what makes us human is one that has never lost its relevance or pertinence; hopefully, it will continue to inspire artists of all varieties to keep searching for the answers through their work. R.U.R. was first staged in 1921, but its premise – based around existential questions relating to the nature of humanity, as well as the potential disasters that technology could unleash on us - still has the power to grip and intrigue after all this time.

Wages of Fear

After Georges Arnaud, adapted by Shane Grant. Metanoia Theatre. The Mechanics Institute, Sydney Road Brunswick. June 20 – 29, 2017

Wages of Fear is the story of how greed can put individuals at insuperable risk.  Shane Grant’s stage play is inspired by the 1950 novel Le salaire de la peur by Georges Arnaud.  Apparently Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 film of this novel is considered, by some, to be one of the most suspenseful films ever made.   

The Gondoliers

Libretto by W S Gilbert, music by Sir Arthur Sullivan. Rockdale Opera Company. Directed by Ralph Bott. Musical Direction by Jon Smith. Rockdale Town Hall. 24 June to 4 July, 2017

Rockdale Opera Company bills itself as the oldest opera company in Australia in continuous operation, being founded by Rockdale Municipal Council in 1948.

The current production of The Gondoliers is the 8th staging of the operetta over the past 69 years.

Courtney Act – The Girl From Oz

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017. Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent. June 16 – 18, 2017

Courtney Act, after entering on roller-skates singing ‘Xanadu’, announces that this show is not about The Wizard of Oz or The Boy from Oz, but about Australian Pop Music.

Based on personal experience, including living several years in the USA, Courtney Act celebrates and pays tribute to some of the great Australian ‘pop hits’ and artists that achieved international acclaim and success.

Model Citizens

By Circus Oz. Concept and artistic direction by Rob Tannion. Big Top at Birrarung Marr, Melbourne. 20 June – 16 July 2017.

Circus Oz is not always overtly political when providing the opportunity to experience some spectacular performances and enjoy some raucous fun to help forget your woes. Model Citizens is a show that contains all the traditional elements of entertainment offered by this much-loved company. However, this show is unabashed about its exasperation with a tide of politics that tries to obscure exactly the kind of difference that Circus Oz has set out to celebrate over decades.

Effie The Virgin Bride

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Adelaide Festival Centre and Frontier Comedy. Her Majesty’s Theatre. June 21st & 22nd, 2017

Hello; Good thanks” are three words that take a full house straight back to the 80’s. Mary Coustas has returned to the stage as alter ego Effie to get married to the man of her dreams, and we are invited to the wedding.

The audience is greeted by Effie in her boudoir on the morning of her big Greek wedding as she regales the guests (audience) with stories of her search for Mr Right.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. Players Theatre, Ballina. Director / Musical Director: Paul Belsham. June 16 – July 9, 2017.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has made a welcome return to the Players Theatre at Ballina with all the colour befitting this popular show.

In the capable hands of the multi-talented Paul and Sue Belsham and Jamie Sheehan, Ballina’s revival of this piece is proving to be another great production for the home of “Regional Theatre at its best”.

Bakersfield Mist

by Stephen Sachs. Tasmanian Theatre Company. The Q, Queanbeyan, N.S.W. 22–24 June 2017 and touring the eastern states till September 2017

Based (however loosely) on a true story, Bakersfield Mist is the tale of the efforts of two people — the owner, and an art expert — to verify whether a painting purchased as a piece of junk was the work of Jackson Pollock.

 

Sinatra and Friends

Michael Feinstein. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Her Majesty’s Theatre. June 23, 2017

The Great American Songbook has never been safer than in the hands of entertainer Michael Feinstein. Affectionately called the ambassador of this genre, he has made it his life’s work to share globally these unique decades in musical composition and performance.

Showcasing composers and lyricists such as George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn and Bart Howard, Feinstein exudes love and respect for his contemporaries and one-time friends.

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