Reviews

Hans and Lucky Seven’s Love Boat

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Theatre. 16-17th June, 2018

Matt Gilbertson has come a long way since busking with his accordion. By day he is a gossip guru for Adelaide publication The Advertiser and by night he’s the German dynamo Hans.

He has joined with the extremely talented jazz ensemble ‘Lucky Seven’ to bring his naughty act to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. With two sold-out shows, it is clear he has a strong following.

Carousel

Rodgers and Hammerstein. WAAPA Music Theatre Students. Directed by Jason Langley. Regal Theatre, Subiaco, WA. 16-23 June, 2018

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel has darker overtones than its contemporary shows, but director Jason Langley’s production, featuring WAAPA’s Second and Third Year Music Theatre students, is an especially dark edged incarnation. 

Butt Kapinski

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Artspace. 14 - 16 June 2018.

Butt Kapinski is an extraordinary piece of satiric theatre based on the work of, and performed by, American theatre artist Deanna Fleysher.

Whilst embedded in conventional cabaret inter-active theatre and dramatic narrative forms, Deanna Fleysher practices her unique version, which is called ‘Naked Comedy’. Quoting from the Butt Kapinski web-site, ‘Naked Comedy is vulnerable and sublime. Use your bodies, use your hearts, make us laugh’. 

Lawrence Leung - Very Strange Things

The Arts Space. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. June 13 and 14, 2018

Are you someone who likes the mystery in life? Or are you some one who likes to solve mysteries and is quite sceptical? Lawrence Leung is a sceptic who likes to solve mysteries and to illustrate this quandary he examined the idea of ESP.

Starman

By Sven Ratzke. The Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne. 14 June, 2018.

There is a Starman in the sky that can blow our mind!

Starman is a masterful blend of rock and cabaret, celebrating the life and times of David Bowie, performed by the dazzling and hypnotic Sven Ratzke.

Ratzke struts out, voguish and charismatic, dressed in a frilly black lizard costume. His repertoire begins with a story about a billion stars and a billion people followed by a beautiful rendition of “Moon Age Daydream” sung like it was his own.

Le Sacré.

The National Institute of Circus Arts and The Australian Ballet School. NICA National Circus Centre, Prahran. 14 - 23 June, 2018.

The Australian Ballet School and the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) join forces in their inaugural collaboration, Le Sacré.

The striking pink, blue and yellow silks strung high at the back of the stage give a glimpse of the dynamic performance to come. One by one the cast enters the stage, lying close together to form a human mound. The mound starts to twitch. The lights finally dim. Black-and-gold clad performers enter the stage, a stark contrast to the fluorescent mound. From there it is a flurry of movement, with animalistic strength and suppleness.

Blue – The Songs of Joni Mitchell

Queenie van de Zandt. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse, 2018

You know you are in for a special evening when a few bars into the opening song, the hairs on the nape of your neck stand on end. Queenie Van de Zandt has been treading the boards on the musical stage and in cabaret for many years and her wealth of experience is evident. She woos an already attentive audience with her smooth and emotive voice and leaves you wanting more.

Essgee’s HMS Pinafore

Lyrics: W S Gilbert, Music: A Sullivan. Players Theatre, Ballina. Director & Choreographer: Jaime Sheehan. 15th June to 1st July, 2018

HMS Pinafore has docked in Ballina and what a great show it is. This production is billed “for the 21st Century” and, as such, may take some ‘purists’ a little getting used to. It’s a fabulous introduction to the wonderful world of G & S.      

Director/Choreographer Jaime Sheehan along with Musical Directors Marie Caldwell and Warwick Binney have, once again, given us rollicking interpretation of this ageless classic.

Joanne Hartstone – The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. The Space. 16-17 June 2018

Local girl, actor, writer and producer Joanne Hartstone has written and stars in The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign. As the title suggests, the show focuses on a fictional character Evelyn Margaret Edwards, stage name Evie Edwards, as she teeters atop the H of the infamous Hollywood sign, as she contemplates her life and the string of events that have led her to this point.

Sunglasses at Night: The 80’s Apocalypse Sing Along Cabaret

By Geraldine Quinn. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre. 15-17 June, 2018.

The full title to this presentation should leave punters in no doubt regarding what they’re going to get and whether it should appeal to them. On the other hand, it also seems fair to warn that those with no stomach for cheerfully adolescent vulgarity (there really are such people, so they say) should probably go elsewhere to find an evening’s entertainment. For the rest of us forever-young-and-childish Eighties-addicts, “Sunglasses at Night” will hit the spot.

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