Reviews

A Piece of Cake

By Yvette Wall. Hackett Hall, Floreat, WA. 19-22 February 2015

This rather unusual short play is based around Marie Antionette of France, the day before her husband Louis XVI's execution.

It is set in a gaol cell, very nicely designed by director Alida Chaney, as we meet Marie, her fellow prisoners, and later her husband.

The play is nicely acted by Kerry Goode as witch Agnes, Andrea Fernandez as peasant prisoner Dora, Sean Bullock as Louis XVI and Helen Kerr in the pivotal role of Marie Antionette.

White Rabbit Red Rabbit

Written by Nassim Soleimanpour. Presented by Aurora Nova & Bamboozled Productions. The Rastelli - Royal Croquet Club, Victoria Square Adelaide. February 24-March 15, 2015

White Rabbit Red Rabbit is an almost unreviewable show, constructed in such a way that each performance is unique. The evening’s entertainment begins with an actor (a different one each night), who is completely unfamiliar with the material, walking onstage and being given a copy of the script, which they must then deliver as a cold-read to the audience.

Bettylou Rose: Good Clean Fun

Deville's Pad Northbridge, WA. 28 Jan - 22 Feb 2015

Bettylou Rose: Good Clean Fun is a fun cabaret featuring Cicely Binford, telling the story of Texan songbird, Bettylou Rose, finding her way on her own after a series of failed relationships.

The title comes from Bettylou's teenage experience working in her Uncle's laundromat.

A capable performer, Cicely held the intimate audience throughout the hour long performance, with some intriguing anecdotes and a solid vocal performance - her country songs being particularly well performed and having most impact.

Everybody Loves Lucy

By Elise McCann & Richard Carroll. Director: Helen Dallimore. Musical Director: Nigel Ubrihien. Luckiest Productions @ Cremorne Theatre, QPAC. 24-27 February 2015 and touring.

In the 1950s I Love Lucy was everybody’s favourite sitcom and Lucy (Lucille Ball) everybody’s favourite star. Its genesis was the 1948 CBS radio program My Favourite Husband which also starred Ball. Telecast for 10 years from 1951 until 1961, I Love Lucy continually out-rated every other show on American television and made Ball an icon of the medium.

Breathless

By Joshua Walker. Directed by Joshua Walker. The Stables, Fringe Urban Orchard, Northbridge, WA. 13-19 February, 2015

Breathless featured at last year's Independent Theatre Association's DramaFest as a striking and unusual entry. Previously titled Sleepless - this reincarnation follows a similar story arc and features some of the original cast.

Based on the woodland scenes in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, writer/director Joshua Walker's work evokes a dreamlike mood as it transports the audience to the world of the fairies.

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner. Adapted from the Charles M Schulz comic strip Peanuts. Directed by Jonathon White. Amateur Repertory Company – ARC (Vic). Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg. 22 & 28 February, 2015.

On the hottest day we’ve had this year, and in the midst of a truly formidable thunder storm, the cast and crew of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown adhered to the old adage “The Show must go on” and gave a delightful performance to those of us who braved the elements.

Moving On Inc.

By Mikala Westall. Directed by Mikala Westall. The Blue Room Theatre, Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, WA. Feb 17-21, 2015

Moving On Inc. was a lovely surprise package in the Fringe World Festival - a beautifully realised one act play, outstandingly performed and wonderfully charming.

A play about memory and love, set in the Australian bush, this three-hander tells the story of Abby, whose job it is to clean up the estates of the deceased, her boyfriend Sam, who has secrets and the mysterious Ruth, who may just be a memory.

Princess Obsession

The Black Flamingo, The Pleasure Gardens, Northbridge, WA. Feb 16-18, 2015

I've long been a fan of the lovely Emma Davis and the prospect of Emma exploring Disney Princesses seemed a perfect combination.

In this one woman show (which feels more like a solo musical than a cabaret - for its clear storyline and structured approach), Emma tells the stories of the women who voiced the first three Disney Princesses - Snow White's Adriana Caselotti, Cinderella's Ilene Woods and Sleeping Beauty's Mary Costa.

HEART TO HEART

Promise Adelaide. Director: Ben Francis. Musical Director: Camryn Jordans. Choreographers: Tayla Prime, Emily Goldsmith, Paris Anderson. Burnside Ballroom. 22nd February, 2015.

The group known as Promise Adelaide are rapidly establishing a strong reputation for themselves, as an invaluable performing outlet for young up-and-comers, as fund-raisers with commendably noble motives, and as purveyors of thoroughly entertaining musical, ‘dance-ical’ evenings.

Beauty and the Beast

Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book by Linda Woolverton. Directed by Katherine Friend,. Musical Direction by Justin Friend. Koorliny Arts Centre, Kwinana, WA. Feb 13-28, 2015

Lavishly costumed and performed on a well-constructed and thoughtfully designed set, Beauty and the Beast, directed by Katherine Friend, was a quality production to open Koorliny's in-house performance season.

Stacey Hollings made a lovely Belle and her charm and genuine warmth was key to the success of this production. She has a beautiful singing voice and delivers a very genuine performance.

 

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