Reviews

Tentación…taste the forbidden fruit.

Conceived & performed by Cherie Boogart. The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. 5 October 2014

 

Kermond Comedy Capers

Monkey Baa Theatre. Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre, Sydney Sydney. September 30 - October 4, 2014

First there was Dad and Dave, now there is Warren and Wayne – and sometimes Zan.

 

That is 78 year old Warren Kermond, his son Wayne-Scott (multiple decades younger) and his son 21 year Zan.

 

Annie

Music: Charles Strouse. Lyrics: Martin Charnin. Book: Thomas Meehan. Savoyards. Director: Kay Halford. Musical Director: Warryn James. Choreographer: Kaitlin Bell. Iona Performing Arts Centre, Wynnum, Brisbane, 27 September – 11 October 2014

Annie is a good show for community theatre with its multiple roles for little girls and large chorus numbers, but it is also fraught with problems. The first three numbers are carried by the junior cast members and the adults don’t start to sing until the 25-minute mark, so unless the kids are good, the show has a big hole at the beginning and doesn’t fire. But that wasn’t the case with this Savoyards production which ticked all the right boxes.

Sondheim on Sondheim

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Conceived and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Squabbalogic. Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre. October 1 - 18, 2014.

Stephen Sondheim narrating a showcase of his life and work, performed by a talented local ensemble, tantalised Sydney Sondheim fans.

 

ONCE

Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Book by Enda Walsh. Directed by John Tiffany. Princess Theatre, Melbourne. From September 25th, 2014

Once has hit Melbourne, and it’s the perfect musical for people who don’t normally see musicals, or know much about them. Beautifully staged, and with a wonderful cast, it has been called enchanting, romantic, naïve, innocent, beguiling, and simplistic.

MONKEY Journey to the West

Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image. Directed by Kim Carpenter and John Bell. Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. October 2 - 11, 2014

What Fun! John Bell, Kim Carpenter and their talented cast and crew have made Donna Abela’s witty script spring into colourful, nostalgic, vibrant – and very funny – life. 

 

The Worst of Scottee

Written & performed by Scottee. Melbourne Fringe. Theatre Works, Acland Street, St Kilda (VIC). 30 September, 1, 2 & 4 October 2014

There’s a brightly lit photo booth on an otherwise dark and empty stage - the usual cubicle with a half curtain, which is drawn.  Under it, we can see half of a bulky man on the stool inside.  There’s also a rectangular screen on the outside wall.  The screen lights up.  There’s a video connection inside.  The screen shows a close-up of the man; he wears dark glasses.  The half curtain is slid aside.  And there he is: Scottee.  He wears a black suit (

Monty Python’s Spamalot

Music: Eric Idle & John Du Prez. Book & Lyrics: Eric Idle. Harvest Rain Production.. Director: Tim O’Connor. Associate Director: Callum Mansfield. Musical Director: Maitlohn John. Choreographer: George Canham. Concert Hall, QPAC, Brisbane 2-5 October 2014.

Last year Harvest Rain started dipping their toes into the professional waters but with Spamalot they’ve taken the plunge and come up with the funniest, silliest and wackiest musical theatre production of the year. I couldn’t stop laughing. It’s a glorious romp through the King Arthur legend which Tim O’Connor’s cast of experienced laugh-getters embraced with OTT pleasure.

The Harbinger

Written and directed by David Morton and Matthew Ryan. A Critical Stages ad Dead Puppet Society Production. The Street Theatre (ACT). October 1 – 3, 2014

Poisoned apples, a locked chest, an old, old man in an abandoned bookshop in the middle of a bleak windswept city, a mystery, a love story, a tragedy—the haunting magic realism in The Harbinger will enchant lovers of a good, gothic fairy tale.  

The Suit

Directed by Peter Brook, Marie-Helene Estienne & Frank Krawczyk. Festival Theatre, Adelaide. October 4-12, 2014

Set against the backdrop of 1950s South Africa, this utterly delicious black comedy focuses on neurotically perfectionist office-worker, Philemon (William Nadylam), whose neatly ordered existence is shaken up when he catches his wife, Matilda (Nonhkanhka Kheswa) in bed with another man. Matilda is ashamed of her infidelity but Philemon does not find it so easy to forgive her.

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