Reviews

Cannibal the Musical

By Trey Parker. Briggs & Heaysman Theatre Company. Star Theatres. December 1st – 4th, 2016

As the title would suggest, Cannibal the Musical is full of gory adventures set to the soundtrack of overly happy songs. The contrast makes for a bizarre, yet strangely entertaining piece of theatre. Written by Trey Parker, before finding fame with South Park and Book of Mormon, it follows mountain misfit Alfred Packer as he leads a group into Colorado territory to find gold.

Tribes 2016

Design Centre Enmore, Sydney TAFE. Enmore Theatre. October 12, 2016

Tribes 2016 at the Enmore Theatre, showcased talent from the students from The Design Centre, Enmore. The night was fun, electric and full of energy.

The showcase highlighted the talents of students from the various courses offered by

Entertainment, Design and Illustration (EDI). The students produced a professional, vibrant live production, featuring costumes and work from the Diploma of Illustration creating fairy tale stories using puppetry.

The Gathering

By Will Halligan and Belinda Jenkin.. VIc Theatre Company. fortyfivedownstairs. November 26 - December 11, 2016.

Not being from Melbourne, the first pleasure was discovering this clever venue down all those stairs in the basement of a CBD building.

fortyfivedownstairs is the perfect setting for a (second outing) try out production of this musical, set at a house warming party at a home that is haunted.

The posts holding up the roof looked almost made to measure, even if you had to look around them at times.

Cymbeline

By William Shakespeare. Secret House in association with The Depot Theatre, Marrickville. Oct 1 – 15, 2016.

Secret House’s production of Cymbeline at The Depot Theatre was a vibrant, robust, exciting rendition of Shakespeare’s rarely performed play. Great direction by Sean O’Riorden and brilliant ensemble acting by the cast.

Shakespeare took the title and setting from the British King Cymbeline (Cunobelinus), who reigned until just after the birth of Christ. Shakespeare used some of the characters and ideas from early British history.

A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody

By Ron Bernas. Centenary Theatre Co. Director: Debra Chalmers. Chelmer Community Centre, Brisbane. Nov 12 – Dec 3, 2016

Centenary Theatre’s final offering for what has been one of their most successful years in history, should see them continue their success with this audience-pleaser by Ron Bernas. A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody won the 1991 Community Association of Michigan New Plays competition and has since become a staple on the community theatre circuit in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.

One Man, Two Guvnors

Written by Richard Bean. Directed by Chris Baldock. Heidelberg Theatre Company, Rosanna. Nov 18 – Dec 3, 2016

Multi award winning Director Chris Baldock has been an integral part of both Independent and Community Theatre circles in Melbourne for many years. His own  company, Mockingbird Theatre, was responsible for some of the most exciting theatre in Australia over a number of years and productions, breaking conventions and raising standards in confronting plays that deserved to be seen. Some of my favourite nights of theatre in the past five years have been spent admiring Baldock’s work and incredible casting.

The Addams Family

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa. Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Directed by Ryan S. McNally. Musical Direction by Krispin Maesalu. Phoenix Theatre, Hamilton Hill, WA. 24 Nov - 10 Dec 2016

Phoenix Theatre’s The Addams Family is an immersive experience - from a heavily and impressively decorated foyer, to a playing area that extends through the auditorium.

Phoenix Theatre has a notoriously small stage, and this production accommodated its cast of 25 by extending the playing space, via catwalks, forming a ‘pit’ to house the strong 13 piece orchestra.

The music was very precise and the sound levels of the band were well controlled - although it was difficult to hear individual solo lines within the big production numbers.

Blitz!

By Lionel Bart and Joan Maitland. Directed by Alan Brock, Musical Direction by Lyn Brown. Limelight Theatre, Wanneroo, WA. Nov 24 - Dec 10, 2016

Blitz!, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart and book by Lionel Bart and Joan Maitland, is set during the London Blitz of World War II, A nostalgic; historic musical, it is rarely performed, despite running for over a year on the West End.

Reefer Madness

Book, Music and lyrics by Dan Studney and Kevin Murphy. RL Productions. Directed by Stephen Wheat. Chapel off Chapel. 25th November – 4th December, 2016

Reefer Madness may not be the best musical ever written, but it is quite possibly the funniest. Inspired by the deathly serious, church backed, film of 1936 on the perils of Marijuana, it’s a marvellous satirical melange…or perhaps a blancmange: guaranteed to send you right round the twist into lunacy! (The drug and the show.)

No Sex Please We’re British

By Anthony Marriott and Alistair Foot. Noarlunga Theatre Company. 25 November - 4 December, 2016

The purpose of farcical comedy is to evoke laughter and Noarlunga Theatre Company’s latest offering does just that. At the helm is first time director Linda Lawson. No stranger to the stage, Lawson does a fine job to keep this fast-paced show rolling along.

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