Reviews

The Actor Crack’d

By Bill Marshall. A Cracked Actors Production. La Mama at Trades Hall, Carlton, VIC. 14 – 23 September 2018.

Young actor Stanley Gold (Nicholas Jaquinot), has had some good reviews, but now he’s making a living from kur-ray-zee radio commercials for cheap electronics.  He’s desperate to play Hamlet.  He auditions.  They’ll let him know.  So, he’s in call-back limbo.  After a random street assault by thug Bruttus [sic] (Aleksander Eeri Laupmaa), he accepts some marijuana from his sister (Kaela Raku) and ends up lost somewhere without his trousers.  Arrested, he’s committed to a psychiatric hospital… and the rest of the stor

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

By Dario Fo, in a new adaption by Francis Greenslade with Sarah Giles. Sydney Theatre Company. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. 10 September – 27 October, 2018

The sting in this mad buffoonery from Italy’s Dario Fo is that all of it had just happened.

An anarchist had plunged to his death from the fourth floor of the Milan police station in 1969, likely thrown out by cops during a long interrogation, following a bomb attack probably planned by fascists. 

Corrupt police and extremists, fake news and the distracting power of scandal are as familiar to us as to Fo’s audience.  The challenge today is to refresh the farcical carry-on with which Fo tried to rouse Italian workers to activism.  

Stark. Dark. Albert Park.

Created by Clare Mendes. Melbourne Writers' Theatre. Directed and Designed by Elizabeth Walley. Gasworks Arts Park (Vic). 14 – 22 September, 2018

Stark. Dark. Albert Park.is a standout Fringe Production of five fascinating, engaging stories from Albert Park. It is well worth making the trek to Gasworks for.

Melbourne Writers’ Theatre generates excellent programs of uniquely crafted and well-honed writing for performance (It has been doing so for 36 years). Carefully cast and cleverly directed by Elizabeth Walley - well rehearsed and a comfortable length - this program is a grouping of five satisfying and refreshing ‘framed snapshots’ about Albert Park.

 

Reasonable Doubt

By Suzie Miller. STARC Productions. Bakehouse Theatre, Adelaide. Sept 12-22, 2018

Reasonable Doubt is a play written by Australian NIDA graduate and award-winning playwright Suzie Miller.

Murder Village

Big HOO-HAA! Melbourne Fringe. Fringe Hub: Arts House, Studio 1, 521 Queensberry St, North Melbourne. 14 - 21 September 2018.

This improvised comedy group provides a delightfully quaint interactive experience. Various stock characters populate Murder Village: Theophania Dalrymple (Sophie Kneebone), Henry Stuffins (Jason Geary), Dr Nelson Hawthorne (Lliam Amor), Sally Forth (Louisa Fitzhardinge) are among the villagers who are subject to imminent death. Audience members secretly vote for the victim, murder weapon and means of death.

Rovers

Written by Katherine Lyall-Watson. Directed by Caroline Dunphy. Devised by Belloo Creative. Presented by Brisbane Festival and QUT. The Block, Theatre Republic. 11 – 15 September, 2018

There’s something glorious about witnessing two succulent wild women expressing themselves fearlessly onstage. It’s even more magnificent when those two women have spent over thirty years apiece honing their craft. Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald are resplendent in Rovers.

Le Grande Cabaret

Melbourne Fringe. Hares & Hyenas, Fitzroy. September 13 – 15, 2018.

Fringe at its Burlesque best!

Le Grande Cabaret is a sensational ensemble of sassy and refreshing acts with tangy twists and devilish cheek. The show begins with a jocular introduction by the masterfully witty and commanding Master of Ceremonies Patrick Collins.

This is a pacy, driven show with non-stop rollicking fun and entertainment. The show is divided into two sections, the good and evil. It begins with the exquisite Camilla Cream (Miss Burlesque Tasmania, 2018) dazzling us in her fairy floss pink ensemble, with an alluring fan dance.

Muniak Mulana – Future Spirit

Created and performed by Neil Morris and Brent Watkins. Produced by Deadly Fringe. Producer Laila Thaker. Melbourne Fringe. La Mama Courthouse. Sep 11 – 16, 2018

Dreamtime is an intrinsic part of spiritual life in Aboriginal lore;  belief system interweaving flora and fauna relationships goes back to the ancestral spirits in country.

Muniak Mulana is a poignant and insightful  duo performance piece that looks into the past, delivers the present and looks into the future.  It begins in pre- colonial times when spirituality and beliefs were inextricably linked to the land.

My Family: Not the Sitcom

By David Baddiel. Brisbane Festival. The Tivoli. 14 September, 2018

When David Baddiel’s Dad swears or does something offensive in public, the comedian whispers an apologetic: “Sorry, sorry, so sorry – he’s not well – he suffers from Pick’s disease.” But secretly, Baddiel admits, he knows the riotous behaviour has nothing to do with the illness – it’s just how his Dad always acted up – only amplified!

The Wharf Revue 2018: Déjà Revue

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins and Drew Forsythe. Sydney Theatre Company. Riverside Theatres Parramatta, September 13 – 15, 2018, and touring.

The 2018 Wharf Revue is hitting the road from Parramatta – and why not? It’s the cultural hub of the West; a host of faithful followers have almost booked out the first three-nights of the tour; and Riverside audiences are more than receptive to political satire – they have a Powerhouse of puns to prove it! What better place to perfect its topical pace before the Revue makes its way to the Wharf in November via Penrith, Nunawading, Belrose, Wollongong, Canberra and Wagga Wagga! 

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