Reviews

Piccolo Tales

Piccolo Bar, Potts Point. Tuesdays and Thursdays February to May 2015.

In a theatrical age of pop-up theatre, doco-drama and confronting immersive reality experiences Piccolo Tales ticks all the boxes and delivers the ultimate intimate live experience about a person and a place. The audience of just twenty people, ten inside and ten outside, are taken on a journey through the life of Vittorio, who has been a proprietor of the Piccolo Cafe for over fifty years.

Piano Chick Does Sex & The Sixties

Presented by Becky Blake. Adelaide Fringe. Lexus Adelaide, 164 West Terrace, Adelaide. February 19 & 28, 2015

Piano Chick Does Sex & The Sixties is a 90 minute cabaret show in which singer/pianist Becky Blake and her five piece band deliver solid renditions of that swinging decade’s greatest hits, interspersed with some more uneven stand up material outlining the history of the sexual revolution.

In The Heights

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Book by Quiara Alegria Hudes. Directed by James Cutler. A StageArt Production. Australian premiere. Chapel off Chapel. February 18 - March 8, 2015

Take a fan with you when you go to Chapel off Chapel, regardless of the weather. In The Heights is so hot it could burn you. It sizzles, it makes you gasp for air, it sets fire to all your misconceptions about little known musicals in small spaces, it burns the floor with fabulous dancing, and its energy is such that there are times you feel you cannot breathe. In short – it is Sensational!

Psychopomp & Seething

By Penelope Bartlau, directed by Jason Lehane. Barking Spider Visual Theatre. La Mama Courthouse, Carlton (VIC). 18 February – 1 March 2015.

As someone said to me after the show, ‘It’s probably best just to let it wash over you.’  Indeed, director & designer Jason Lehane says in a program note: ‘This is a work that one feels before one understands…’  True.  These two otherwise quite different pieces are verbally dense, layered, allusive and – if I dare say so – poetic.  They are highly imaginative, relentless and inaccessible to one’s ‘normal’ theatrical comprehension.  There are stories, but no plots; there are images, but they are m

Death Comes At The End

Devised by Scriptease. Adelaide Fringe. Ayers House, Adelaide. February 18-28, 2015

Conceived by improvisational theatre troupe, Scriptease, Death Comes At The End is a comedic take on the murder mystery genre that draws its inspiration from the classic whodunit board game, “Cluedo”.

Kill the Messenger

By Nakkiah Lui. Belvoir. Upstairs Theatre. Feb 14 – Mar 8, 2015

Nakkiah Lui doesn’t need an elaborate set or fancy props or intricate lighting to tell her stories. She just needs her words, a good cast – and an audience who listens … because what she has to say is important. It isn’t earth shattering, or deeply philosophical. In fact it’s what most of us know already. What most of us know shouldn’t be happening. What most of us don’t do anything to change.

In Between The Cracks

Yana Alana. Strut & Fret Production House / Adelaide Fringe. Garden of Unearthly Delights. Feb 13 – Mar 1, 2015

Yana Alana is the alter ego of Sarah Ward; she is honest and provocative so you best pay attention because this chanteuse has something to say. Beneath the blue wig and even bluer body paint is a woman with a message and she will go to any lengths to make sure you never forget it or her. Her accompanist Louise Goh on keyboard manages to irritate Yana on more than one occasion and is quickly put in her place with her barbed tongue; after all it is a one-woman show.

Faust

By Gounod. Opera Australia. Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House. February 17 – March 13, 2015.

A resounding, standing ovation rang through the Joan Sutherland Theatre as the cast of this new production of Faust returned to the opening night stage for curtain call after curtain call.

Led by Teddy Tahu Rhodes as Méphistophélès, Nicole Car as Marguerite and featuring American tenor Michael Fabiano as the gullible Faust, this a stunning cast in an unforgettable production that is the essence of “Grand Opera”.

The Unspoken Word Is “Joe”

By Zoe Dawson. Presented by MKA: Theatre of New Writing. Director Declan Greene. La Mama, Carlton (VIC) 17 February – 1 March 2015

We take our seats and Natasha Herbert (playing ‘Natasha Herbert’) welcomes the audience to a play reading of a new play by an ‘emerging’ writer, Zoe Dawson (played by Nikki Shiels) and introduces the actors – ‘Zoe’, of course, Aaron Orzech (played by Aaron Orzech), Annie Last (played by Annie Last), and Matt Hickey (played by Matt Hickey).  

The Plot

By Evdokia Katahanas. Mantouridion Theatre, Building 36, 142 Addison Rd Marrickville. 14 February - 1 March, 2015

Evdokia Katahanas’ production of her own play is suitably housed in a community theatre in inner west Sydney dedicated to plays by, about, or in the language of Greeks.

Indeed, The Plot ticks all the boxes. It celebrates or fondly mocks everything about being Greek – even down to the nice spread afterwards in the foyer.

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