Reviews

La Vie Dans Une Marionette (Life in a Puppet)

White Face Crew / Arts Centre Melbourne. Fairfax Theatre – Arts Centre Melbourne. January 16 – 20, 2018

This delightful show is most appropriate for children who are eight years and over and quite a delight for adults.  However children younger than eight find hilarity throughout due to the incorporated comic repetition.

The show opens well before metaphorical curtain with the very personable and charming Jarod Rawiri chatting to the audience in the foyer, and getting up to some wacky ginks in the auditorium.  By Rawiri, as a witty white-faced clown, children are engaged and encouraged, to respond naturally and spontaneously. 

 

Limbo Unhinged

Strut & Fret. Director: Scott Maidment. The Studio, Sydney Opera House. January 4 to March 3, 2018

Grown-up circus makes a sexy return to the heart of Sydney in Limbo Unhinged, as cabaret styled circus again leads off proceedings at the Opera House Studio for the year.

This year’s offering is tantalisingly sensual, in contrast to the more overtly sexual offerings of recent years, eschewing nudity and potty-mouthed comic hosts for the non-stop circus talent of this splendid muilti-skilled international troupe, with the mostly physical comedy embedded in the acts.

#romeoandjuliet

Devised by Kimberley Twiner, Lily Fish & Giovanni Fusetti. Performed by Twiner and Fish. Outside Eye/Rehearsal Director Steph Kehoe. La Mama Theatre, Carlton VIC. 16-21 January 2018

#romeoandjuliet begins as circus – a very, very small circus, kept alive by the boundless delusions, ego and conceit of its ‘star’, Veronique (Kimberley Twiner).

Cell, Block Tango: Showtunes on Modern Dating

By Louise Baxter. The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. Jan 16 – 21, 2018

Cell, Block Tango was a clever premise for a cabaret show. Based on the song from Chicago, which features a number of women in a prison cell block awaiting trial for killing their partners, this had the performers blocking people from their cell phone, after a bad first date.

Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare. Essential Theatre. Shakespeare in the Vines. Various Wineries across Australia. Dec 29, 2017 to May 5, 2018.

What a treat; a delightful tight and fast paced production of Twelfth Night with all its surprises and vagaries.

Who wouldn’t want the opportunity to experience a truly unique relaxing evening with a group of friends and friendly acquaintances, in a vineyard with a picnic, some fine wine being entertained by a troupe of energetic and captivation actors.  Essential Theatre productions are worth searching out.  And this year’s offering is no exception.

The Little Mermaid

Book: Doug Wright, Music: Alan Menken, Lyrics: Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater. Ballina Players. Director: Jacquie McCalman. Jan 12th - 20th, 2018

For a refreshing change from the summer heat, Ballina’s underwater adventure The Little Mermaid is a COOL hit!

The Players annual youth production, once again, is riding on “the crest of the wave”. With a cast of approximately 50, Director Jaquie McCalman, together with Musical Director Max Foggon and Choreographer Tim Roberts, has delivered a fabulous family friendly show.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

By Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon. National Theatre (UK). Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse. 11 January – 25 February 2018

The Curious Incident tells its curious story from the point of view of Christopher Boone (Joshua Jenkins), an autistic teenager, a maths genius, living in Swindon in England with his Dad, Ed (David Michaels), who’s told him that his mother, Judy, is dead.  One night, Christopher discovers their neighbour’s dog dead on her front lawn, impaled on a garden fork.  (The chalk line around the corpse – the classic murder scene – remains as a reminder to the end of the play.)  His determination to find the dog’s killer kick starts the plot.

American Idiot

Music by Green Day. Lyric by Billie Joe Armstrong. Book by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer. Directed by Craig Ilott. shake’n’stir / QPAC production. Sydney Opera House 11 – 14 Jan 2018 then other Capital Cities

American Idiot is a wild high-energy ride, full of passion, power, and heart. This is the show Rent wants to be when it grows up.

When The Rain Stops Falling

By Andrew Bovell. Music by Tom Baynton, Javeenbah Theatre, Nerang, Gold Coast. Director: Kaela Gray. Jan 12 – 27, 2018

Javeenbah Theatre Company’s production of Andrew Bovell’s award winning play When The Rain Stops Falling receives the devilish treatment from director Kaela Gray that play needs.

The fantastic cast includes Clay Carlaw as Gabriel Law, Adrian Carr as Gabriel York, Tracy Carroll as Elizabeth Law (older), Gillian Crow as Gabrielle York (older), Tallen Hall as Andrew Price, Kelly Holden as Gabrielle York (younger), Trevor Love as Henry Law, Thian Sykes as Joe Ryan and Naomi Thompson as Elizabeth Law (younger).

Once Upon A Mattress

Music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. Primadonna Productions. Directed by Carole Dhu. Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, WA. Jan 11-14, 2018

Once Upon A Mattress kicks off Western Australia’s Community Theatre year with a joyful, celebratory, production with great colour, good laughs and a lovely energy, from Primadonna Productions.

A cast of twenty-five (it feels like more), work well as an ensemble to tell the ‘true’ story of The Princess and the Pea. They are supported by a four-piece band. The group numbers sound great under the musical direction of Bruce Angus.

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