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.



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.


By Peter Shaffer. Canberra Repertory. Directed by Barb Barnett. Theatre 3, Canberra. 26 September – 11 October 2014

Equus is a most remarkable play.  Written for an intelligent, perceptive, thoughtful audience, and largely featuring an almost prescient psychiatrist and his young patient, it plays perfectly seriously, through the psychiatrist’s desperate considerations of the sanity of his own profession, with some of life’s philosophical questions that might not even occur to us otherwise, turning them on themselves.  The psychiatrist’s envy of a morbid religious ecstasy makes him somewhat less believable,

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow. Directed by Terence O’Connell. The Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. 2-18 October, 2014.

As an avowed Hitchcock fan and someone who has seen his movie of The 39 Steps enough times to know huge chunks of it off by heart, I was glad to finally get a chance to see the theatrical adaptation, as staged at the Athenaeum Theatre and directed by Terence O’Connell.

The Play of Herod

By Richard Mills. Victorian Opera. Conductor: Phoebe Briggs. Director: Libby Hill. Newman College, Melbourne University. October 2 - 4, 2014

I wasn’t sure what to expect of The Play of Herod, a new composition by Richard Mills of a twelfth century liturgical drama all in Latin, and sung by the Victorian Youth Opera.

I was blown away!

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