Reviews

Carita Farrer in Too Much is Never Enough

Twelve Acts of Cabaret. Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane. 10th June 2011

Spot picks up pianist John Rodgers in tails as he plays introductory chords. The Drunken Diva enters through the dark auditorium, martini in hand, a little unsteady on her feet. She feels her way through, singing lustily about love and occasionally spilling martini down someone’s back and mopping it up gently with her black glove.

Tidal Pools

By Sean Munro. Blue Cow Theatre. Director: Annette Downs. Original concept designer: Robert Jarman. Theatre Royal Backspace, Hobart. June 2 – 11, 2011.

Ten years since the War on Terror “began” in 2001, award winning playwright Sean Munro was inspired to write Tidal Pools to show us how desensitised we all are when a child is killed by a suicide bomber on the other side of the world, bringing that event closer to home to explore reactions in the genre of a black comedy.

Wyrd Sisters

Novel by Terry Pratchett. Original adaptation by Stephen Briggs. Reworked for Unseen by Pamela Munt. Unseen Theatre Company (SA). The Bakehouse Theatre. Director/Producer: Pamela Munt. Co-Director: David Dyte. Set Design: David Good, Stephen Dean, Pamela Munt. Costumes: Kahlia Tutty and Samm Blackmore. June 10 - 25, 2011.

Of Terry Pratchett’s 39 Discworld novels, 15 of them have been adapted for stage.

But you don’t need to be a Pratchett fan to “get” this play. The Chamberlain (Alastair Preece) orients audiences to the Discworld and sets the tone; this is going to be funny, so get ready to laugh.

From there, we’re launched into the story of three witches who find themselves sorting out the mess that follows when they have a baby, the heir to the throne, thrust into their arms by a dying man.

It’s My Party and I’ll Die If I Want To

By Elizabeth Coleman. Huon Valley Theatre Inc. (Tas.) Huonville Town Hall. Director: Mike Fewings. June 9 – 18, 2011.

It’s My Party (and I’ll Die If I Want To) is a very funny black comedy about a dysfunctional family, presented by Huon Valley Theatre Inc. Written by Elizabeth Coleman, of Secret Bridesmaids’ Business and long-running television drama series McLeod's Daughters fame,

Terminus

By Mark O'Rowe. Abbey Theatre / Amharclann Na Mainistreach / Sydney Theatre Company. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. June 4 to July 9, 2011.

Furiously Fertile

Christine Harris & HIT Productions. Athenaeum Theatre. May 31, June 1, 2011

HIT Productions’s touring theatre show Furiiously Fertile has taken its production on two journeys: literal and metaphorical.  Back from a three and a half month stint performing around the country, the performers were greeted by a packed, buzzing audience, eager to see protagonist Nic’s journey from desperately single to blissfully pregnant.

My Fair Lady

Music: Frederick Loewe. Book & Lyrics: Alan Jay Lerner based on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Savoyards. Iona Performing Arts Centre, Wynnum West, Brisbane. Director: Jo Toia. Musical Director: Julie Whiting. Choreographer: Kaitlin Bell. June 4 – 25, 2011

The plot of My Fair Lady, as we all know, centers on Eliza and fortunately in Savoyards production Miranda Selwood was more than up to the task. Acting the role with conviction and singing the songs with charm, she was very likeable, feisty, and appealing. Her “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Without You” all hit the mark.

Who Dun Nit ?

By Anthony Shaffer. Hobart Repertory Theatre Society. Playhouse Theatre, Hobart Director: Roger Chevalier. June 3 – 18, 2011

Crazy For You

By Ken Ludwig, George and Ira Gershwin. Therry Dramatic Society (SA). Arts Theatre. 2 to 11 June, 2011.

Based on the Gershwin Brothers’ 1930 musical Girl Crazy, the Tony Award winning Crazy for You is a high-energy show packed with song, dance, comedy, love and, of course, theatre. Borrowing its soundtrack from an array of earlier productions, including ADamsel In Distress, Shall We Dance and Treasure Girl, the musical numbers are familiar and much loved.

Brady Lloyd and Fiona DeLaine are superbly cast in the key roles of Bobby Child and Polly Baker. They make a wonderful pair onstage, well matched physically and in talent.

Faustus

An Adaptation by Michael Gow. QTC and Bell Shakespeare. Director: Michael Gow. Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre. May 30 - June 25, 2011. Sydney Opera House - June 30 to July 24.

Michael Gow rightfully calls his new version of Faustus an adaptation. He has borrowed significant sections from many earlier works on the theme – plays, books, music, song, ballet –and artfully cobbled them together into an enjoyable and thought-provoking piece of theatre.

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