Reviews

The Drowsy Chaperone

Music & Lyrics: Lisa Lambert & Greg Morrison. Book: Bob Martin & Don McKellar. Hills Musical Theatre Company. Director: David Russell. Musical Director: Jeff Fisher. Choreography: Gai Reckless. Castle Hill RSL. 12 - 15 June, 2014.

What a charming show! There’s nothing drowsy about this production.

The King and I

Music by Richard Rodgers. Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein 11. Directed by Christopher Renshaw. From 12th June, 2014. Princess Theatre, Melbourne.

Some shows date quickly, and revivals serve to point out their shortcomings. Others simply grow better with age, their magic beguiling generation after generation. The King and I is the epitome of the latter. This exquisitely mounted show may well be the best musical you ever see, and I really do mean EVER.

Love Song

By John Kolvenbach. Director: Glen Hamilton. The Tap Gallery Downstairs (NSW). 11 June -22 June 2014

Love, like music, is invisible

This is a fascinating play, by a mature and clever writer, which premiered at the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago in 2006. This Sydney season is creatively directed and passionately acted by members of the Gamut Theatre Company. After experiencing a season of mediocrity in Sydney theatre, this play restored my faith in the stage as a place to reveal important ideas and powerful emotions.

The Cowgirl & The Showgirl.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Banquet Room, Festival Centre, Adelaide. June 11-13, 2014.

Sometimes knowing as little as possible when going into a show can produce the most delightful, even exhilarating, surprises. This writer was aware of Beccy Cole (and her chosen genre) but unfamiliar with Libby O'Donovan, and thoroughly unprepared for what a teaming of the two would entail.

The Factory

Kila Kokonut Krew. Festival Theatre, Adelaide. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. June 12-14, 2014, and touring to Parramatta, Canberra, Wollongong and the Gold Coast.

The slogan for this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival is “not your usual suspects”, and one of the more unusual events on offer is The Factory, an original stage musical performed by New Zealand theatre troupe, Kila Kokonut Krew.

Freedman Does Nilsson

2014 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunnstan Playhouse. 11-12th June, 2014

An almost empty stage with a grand piano under a wash of light. If you are expecting the lead singer of Australian band 'The Whitlams' to walk out; think again! Tim Freedman adorns the stage wearing a flat newsboy's cap and shaggy beard; looking uncomfortable, he eyes the crowd, sits down and adjusts his microphone and so begins our journey with Harry Nilsson, usually credited as 'Nilsson'.

The Rap Guide to Evolution

Baba Brinkman and Jamie Simmonds. Directed by Dodd Lumis. Canberra Theatre 11 June 2014 and touring nationally

Anybody who has encountered Darwin’s basic thesis understands that the observable phenomenon of evolution by natural selection has an explanation that is as readily comprehensible as the successes of animal and plant breeders, and that both explanations come down to very basic operations: descent (i.e.

Little Bird

By Nicki Bloom, with songs and music by Cameron Goodall and Quentin Grant. State Theatre Company of SA. Director: Geordie Brookman. 6th - 22nd June, 2014

A fairytale of sorts with a heartbreaking soundtrack and a journey of self discovery, Little Bird is the brave choice made by State Theatre Company of South Australia in their first collaboration with the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

A story of longing, self examination and society’s labels; young Wren is given life by award winning and celebrated actor Paul Capsis. Visually captivating, it is impossible to take your eyes off Capsis as he morphs from a young child to adult.

Perfect Tripod

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Festival Theatre, Adelaide. June 9, 2014.

Perfect? If only.

Yon, Scod, and Gatesy have joined forces with Eddie Perfect (hence the title) to present a tribute, largely a cappella, to the music of Australia. The songs are generally delivered in a more 'mature' and less overtly comic manner than the boys from Tripod have been known for in the past, though both the musical arrangements and between-song patter contain their fair share of amusement.

Broken Glass

By Arthur Miller. Grads. Directed by Barry Park. Stirling Theatre, Innaloo, WA. 5-14 June, 2014.

Broken Glass is a less well-known Arthur Miller play, but has a similar feel to his more famous works, if not quite the same impact. Graduate Dramatic Society (Grads) do justice to Arthur Miller's words, in a very solid production at the Stirling Theatre.

Set in New York against the events of Kristallnacht in Germany, Sylvia Gellburg is suddenly and inexplicably paralysed, leading to a mystery with a background of 'guilt, personal tragedy and love'.

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