Reviews

Every Single Saturday

Book, Lyrics and Music by Joanna Weinberg. Director: Lisa Freshwater. Glen Street Theatre, Belrose, February 15 – Mar 3, 2012; Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford, March 26 – 28; Riverside Theatre, Parramatta, March 29 – 31.

At first blush the challenge to create a musical about sideline parents at a soccer match with a cast of just four would seem a huge challenge.

Yet from a ten minute seed of a musical, a full length production has evolved with some nice tunes, more than a few laughs  and the odd tug on the heart strings.

The obvious gags are ably exploited; getting lost finding this week’s match, parents behaving badly and complaints about bad refereeing.

The Act

By Richard Langridge. Ensemble Theatre (NSW). Director: Sandra Bates. Feb 2 – Mar 3, 2012.

Midsummer (a play with songs)

By David Greig. STC - A Traverse Theatre Company Production. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Feb 6 – Mar 10, 2012. Touring to Canberra Theatre Centre, Mar 28 – 31; Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, Ap 3 – 7 & La Boite, Brisbane Ap 10 – 28.

At first glance Midsummer appears to fall into that category of a typical delightful romantic comedy which tells a tale of two people stumbling upon one another at a pub, falling drunkenly into the sack, shagging like there’s no tomorrow and then in the cold hard light of day realising that they don’t really have “chemistry‘” but that they really “like” each other.

Good People

By David Lindsay-Abaire. Director: Kaarin Fairfax. Red Stitch (Vic). February 3 – March 3, 2012.

Two by Two

By Dan Giovannoni. Little Ones Theatre (VIC). Fortyfivedownstairs. Director: Stephen Nicolazzo. Feb 9 – 19.

Noah’s Ark is a biblical story that at times is depicted as a charming tale of God’s creatures walking two by two into the safety of an enormous ark. At its crux, though, is an apocalyptic event of a grieving God about to destroy his creation with world-wide deluge – only one family, and one male and female of every living creature are saved.

Pratchett Pieces Three

By Terry Pratchett. Unseen Theatre Company. Bakehouse Theatre (SA). Producer/Director: Pamela Munt. February 10-24, 2012

The Bakehouse Theatre is like a box of chocolates …and you never know what Pratchett you'll get.

In a quantum universe of endless possible parallel realities, we are fortunate to be in one which offers such a tasty sample of bite size Terry Pratchett flavoured fun.

The Wizard of Oz

Music: Harold Arlen. Lyrics: E.Y. Harburg. Background Music: Herbert Stothart. Book: Adaption by John Kane based on the original book by L. Frank Baum. Director: Tim O’Connor. Musical Director: Maitlohn John. Choreography: Callum Mansfield. Harvest Rain Production. Playhouse, QPAC. February 9 – 19, 2012

Harvest Rain’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is the most enjoyable version of the story I have ever seen on stage. It’s bright, zippy and has a freshness that belies the age of the material.

Although the source material is over 100-years-old, this adaptation of the 1939 MGM movie was originally produced by London’s Royal Shakespeare Company in 1987.

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business

By Elizabeth Coleman. Maitland Repertory Theatre, Maitland (NSW). Feb 8 to 25, 2012

ELIZABETH Coleman’s play skilfully blends comedy surrounding pre-nuptial rituals with a serious look at whether enough thought is given to the relationships of couples beyond the wedding day.

Bride-to-be Meg (Ashley Wyatt) is spending the night before the wedding in an upmarket hotel suite with her ever-fussing mother Colleen (Karin Dowie) and bridesmaids Angela (Melissah Comber) and Lucy (Tricia Morosin).

The Temperamentals

By Jon Marans. New Theatre (NSW). February 7 – March 3, 2012.

Staged as part of Mardi Gras, The Temperamentals reaches back to a forgotten period of American gay activism long before that famous riot spilled from the Stonewall bar.

Chicago

Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Book by Fred Ebb and bob Fosse. Free Rain Theatre. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Director: Anne Somes. Musical Director: Leisa Keen. 10 to 27 February 2012.

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