Fiddler On The Roof

Book by Joseph Stein. Music by Jerry Bock. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Directed by Carole Dhu. Music direction by Merle Brown. Murray Music and Drama Club. Pinjarra Town Hall, Pinjarra, WA. 9 - 24 May 2014.

Is there such a thing as a Magnum Opus for an actor? If there is, then Paul Treasure 's performance in Murray Music and Drama Club's Fiddler On The Roof may qualify.

Paul Treasure as Tevye was outstanding. There was a lovely sense that this was foremost a dramatic role, and Tevye was beautifully acted, with the Independent Theatre Association President bringing a fascinating truth to this confused, conflicted, flawed but loveable father. Paul Treasure also has the vocal depth to shine in this role, singing superbly.

The Talented Mr Ripley

From the novel by Patricia Highsmith, adapted by Phyllis Nagy. Hobart Repertory Theatre Society, Director: Danni Ashton. Playhouse Theatre, Hobart. 16 – 31 May 2014

Hobart Repertory Theatre Society achieved an excellent resultof The Talented Mr Ripley, Phyllis Nagy’s adaptation of acclaimed novel by Patricia Highsmith, showing the story of a nasty but believable character in this complex psycho-drama.

Footloose The Musical

Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pritchard; Adaptation by Dean Pritchard and Walter Bobbie; Music by Tom Snow and Lyrics Dean Pritchard. Javeenbah Theatre Co. Nerang, Gold Coast. Directed by Amy-Louise Anderson and Jocelyn Moore-Carter. May 23rd to June 7th, 2014

With a sell-out production on their hands, Javeenbah’s Footloose is fast paced, full of life and a sure-fire hit, led by “Pocket Rocket” Jackson Brash as Ren, Lauren Steiner as the rebellious Ariel, Jy Etherington as the awkward Farm Boy Willard, Nathan Skaines as the bigoted Rev Shaw Moore and a supporting cast of well rehearsed adults and youngsters.

Love Letters

By A.R. Gurney. HIT Productions. Directed by Denny Lawrence. Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (The Q). 21–24 May 2014 and touring nationally

Love Letters takes the unusual format of the reading by their character authors of a correspondence between two lifelong friends, both at various times desperate to become lovers and more.  The correspondence could work as a short story, but then you’d be missing something vital, because the subtle body language infuses the dialogue not only with life but also with what shines between the lines.



By Henrik Ibsen. Director: Gale Edwards. MTC. Southbank Theatre, The Sumner/ May 17 - June 21, 2014

Ibsen, that most modern (for his time) playwright of poetic perfection, is somehow made to seem outdated and melodramatic in this poorly realised production full of altered text and linguistic anachronisms.

Loves & Hours

By Stephen Metcalfe. Galleon Theatre Group. Domain Theatre, Marion (SA). May 22-31, 2014

Adelaide’s Galleon Theatre Group has a happy knack of successfully producing comedies that are outside mainstream amateur theatre fare. The company’s productions are often quirky, darkly funny or decidedly tongue-in-cheek. Helped by Erik Strauts’ excellent direction and a fine ensemble cast, Galleon’s Australian premiere of Stephen Metcalfe’s Loves & Hours is all of this and more.

Urinetown The Musical

Book and lyrics by Greg Kotis. Music and lyrics by Mark Hollman. Dural Musical Society. Dural Soldiers Memorial Hall. May 18 – 31, 2014.

A powerful businessman bribing a corrupt politician for control of water resources; no it’s not the latest ICAC song and dance, it’s Urinetown The Musical.

Urinetown is a Broadway musical so satirical that it even sends up its own rather dodgy title, as it tells the story of how a long-lasting drought leads to pay-per-pee public toilets controlled by a corrupt monopoly.

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare. Black Swan State Theatre Company. Directed by Roger Hodgman. Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA. 17 May - 1 Jun, 2014.

As You Like It is a striking production, with high visual impact and top-notch performances.


The Magic Hour

By Vanessa Bates. Queensland Theatre Company. The Bille Brown Studio, 20 – 31 May 2014; The Street Theatre, Canberra, July 4 - 6, and touring.

Six fairy tales are transplanted into modern Australia, reimagined from the points of view of female bit parts, Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead style, who are bad, ugly, or overlooked in the originals. Fairy tales make wonderful fodder for exploration of assumptions built in to cultures – you can tell a lot from who is baddy, who is the goody, whose story is told and who is left behind. There’s that mix of magic, morality tale and the grotesque, reawakening images and fears from childhood.

Musicals in Concert with Rachael Beck

Directed by Marina Del Basso. Riverside Theatre, Perth Convention Centre, WA. 18 May 2014

Rachael Beck shone in the single concert at the Perth Convention Centre, which also highlighted the talents of over two hundred young West Australian performers.

Musicals in Concert is an innovation of the Australian Performing Arts Network (APAN), to bring an outstanding musical theatre performer to Perth, to perform alongside developing performers. Previous stars have been Lucy Durack and Todd McKenny.

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