Reviews

The Pillowman

By Martin McDonagh. University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. Oct 4 – 15, 2011.

British/Irish playwright Martin McDonagh has had a few plays on stage in Adelaide in recent times. You might have seen The Beauty Queen of Leenane by The Rep this year, or The Cripple of Inishmaan at State in 2008.  The Pillowman earned McDonagh the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 2004.

The Pajama Game

Music & Lyrics: Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. Book: George Abbott & Richard Bissell. Babirra Music Theatre Inc. (Vic). Co-Directors: Jaison Hoernel & Kerryn Hoernel. Choreography: Kerryn Hoernel. Musical Director: Naomi Osborne. Oct 7 – 15, 2011.

All but a few seats were filled on the second night of Babirra’s The Pajama Game. As the audience settled down through the overture (for which the house lights remained lit), white sewing machines loomed out of the darkened stage, a part of a wonderful array of bubblegum, colourful, no-expense-spared sets and lighting, which complemented the 1950s style of the show perfectly.

Site UnSeen

Melbourne Festival 2011. Site Unseen is supported by a partnership between The City of Port Phillip, The St Kilda Inclusion Project (SIP), the Port Phillip Community Croup, Many Moons Group and Sacred Heart Mission. Co Writers/Artistic Directors: Graham Pitts and Robyn Szechtman. Designer: Shaun Patten. Cast: Brendan Bacon and Chris Bunsworth as Wozza; Joseph O’Reilly and Elliot Cyngler as Nigel; Joanne Davis and Annie Stanford as Felicity; Andrew Gray and Sean Kavanagh as Maurice; Sharon Kirchner and Margie Howlett as Francesca. October 6 to 22, 2011.

The audience gathers, with a palpable expectation and trepidation, in the car park by the Palais, St Kilda for this site specific work that examines homelessness. Riddled with intimate knowledge, brutal experience, caring and passion, the part experiential part informative journey thence to Theatre Works has a great deal to recommend it. 

Mother & Son

By Geoffrey Atherdon. Matt Byrne Media. Holden Street Theatres. Oct 5 – 22, 2011.

The night started with the most amusing announcement to shut off phones, from a puppet left over from Matt Byrne Media’s last production, Avenue Q

Nunsense

Book, Music & Lyrics: Dan Goggin. S.Q.U.I.D.S. (Southeast Queensland Independent Dramatic and Musical Society). Director: Julie Jones. Musical Director: John Carey. Choreographer: Carol Carey, Tamzin Franz. Redcliffe Cultural Centre, Redcliffe, Qld. Oct 6 – 8, 2011. Touring to Narangba (Oct 15), Gympie (Oct 22) and Chermside (Nov 5).

Tom Tom Crew.

Directed by Scott Maidment. Ben Walsh (Musical Director), Shane Witt, Ben Lewis, Daniel Catlow, David Carberry, Jamie McDowell, Mali de Goey, Tom Thum and DJ Sampology (Sam Poggioli). Melbourne Festival and Strut & Fret Production House. Upstairs at the Forum Theatre, Flinders Street, Melbourne. 4 - 23 October, 2011.

In the grand tradition of Stomp and Tap Dogs but with generous lashings of thrillingly high-stakes, daredevil acrobatic abandon and Tom Thum’s simply astonishing beatboxing, Tom Tom Crew burst into life for the opening night performance of their Melbourne Festival season.

In the Still of the Night: an evening with Cole Porter

Written and performed by Allison Farrow. Dell'arte Productions, supported By The Tasmanian Theatre Co. Theatre Royal Backspace, Hobart. Director: Sara Brown. October 5 – 9, 2011

Love Song

By John Kolvenbach. Director: Jordan Best. Centrepiece Theatre. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. October 5 – 15, 2011.

The Magic Flute

By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Operatu (SA). SA State Opera Studio. Adapted and di-rected by Cheryl Pickering. Designer: Bec Francis. Creative Producer: Pat Rix. 22 September - 2 October, 2011

Mozart’s The Magic Flute has always been a hit with children. This production increases that appeal through the involvement of cirkidz and Tutti.

In the original story, Tamino (Robert Macfarlane) gets inducted into Zarasta’s Temple to rescue Pamina (Naomi Hede), whom he has fallen in love with.

Unit 4

Dislocate in association with the Seymour Centre. The Reginald, Seymour Centre, Sydney. Sep 28 – Oct 15.

Do the lives of past tenants in all their full-bodied experiences of love, loss, pain and pleasure manage to permeate a space and exist with in the walls where they once took place? That is the concept that Melbourne based company Dislocate’s production of Unit 4 attempts to address.

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