Reviews

Disney’s Aladdin

By Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, and Chad Beguelin. Adelaide Festival Theatre. 6 April to 9 June, 2019

It has taken 3 years for Disney’s Aladdin to finally come to Adelaide – and it is simply wonderful.

Whilst this production is based on Disney’s ‘hit’ 1992 animated film, nonetheless it is a completely different show.

Bella Green Is Charging For It

Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The Butterfly Club. April 1 – 11, 2019.

Whether you have a personal interest or you’re just fascinated about the how’s and why’s of a female sex worker, then Bella Green Is Charging For It is the show for you.

Bella Green has crafted a blend of sketch comedy, story telling and some downright  ‘dirty’ stand up while living out her childhood dream, currently performing at the Butterfly Club, as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Two

By Jim Cartwright. Ensemble Theatre. Directed by Mark Kilmurry. The Q – Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre. Crawford Street, Queanbeyan. 4 – 6 April, 2019 and touring.

Two is a tight little one act exploration of character. Set in Australia in 1989, the play dips into the lives of the married couple who own and run a pub, and some of the pub’s patrons. Performers Brian Meegan and Kate Raison swap seamlessly between the characters using posture, voice and minimal but effective costume change.

Barbara and the Camp Dogs

By Ursula Yovich & Alana Valentine. Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney. Directed by Leticia Cáceres. April 4-28, 2019

Sydney’s Surry Hills is full of pubs where you’d see a band rocking the house. And so it’s not out of place to see such a scene at the Belvoir, where Barbara and The Camp Dogs first played in 2017 and are back for a return season. This time, it’s a tour too, with gigs in Brisbane, Melbourne and other cities. This award-winning band (and the musical they’ve created) needs to be seen by more people.

Band Geeks

Music by Mark Allen. Music and Lyrics by Gaby Alter. Book by Tommy Newman and Gordon Greenberg. Black Box Performing Arts. Directed by Katherine Friend. Old Mill Theatre, South Perth, WA. April 5-7, 2019

Black Box’s Australian premiere of Band Geeks is a fun musical celebration of geekiness, the joy of teamwork and music, performed by a top notch cast, in a well realised, high energy production.

In a show about bands, a great quality brass band was a must, and Musical Director Chadwich Beins has managed to cram an 11 piece band into very limited space backstage, and have them create great sound.

Groping for Words

By Sue Townsend.Tea Tree Players (SA). Tea Tree Players Theatre. 3 – 13 April, 2019

Set in a small creche within an old school building, a middle-aged woman takes on an Adult Literacy class. Initially, just two students reluctantly turn up: Thelma, a young nanny, and George, who is living in a hostel, but the acting school caretaker, Kevin, is also taking an interest in what’s happening in the classroom.

The Boy from Oz

Book by Nick Enright. Music by Peter Allen. Koorliny Arts Centre and the Kwinana Industries Council. Directed by Brad Tudor. Koorliny Arts Centre, WA. April 5 - 20, 2019

The Boy From Oz bursts with outstanding performances in a very slick production by Koorliny Arts Centre and the Kwinana Industries Council.

Jesse Angus becomes Peter Allen in a dynamic and deep performance with very little down time. His energy, excellent voice and vibrance keep the show exciting throughout. While Jesse is outstanding, this is much more than a one-man-show, with bravura performances at almost every corner.

I’ll Be Back Before Midnight

By Peter Colley. St Jude’s Players (SA). St Jude’s Hall. April 4th – 13th, 2019

If you like ghostly tales with a twist and don’t mind jumping out of your chair at the theatre, then St Jude’s Players’ latest offering will be right up your alley. Canadian playwright Peter Colley wrote this Hitchcock-styled psychological thriller over 20 years ago and it has lost none of its spine-tingling charm.

Vladimir The Crow

Created and performed by Paul Bourke. Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Melba Spiegeltent Studio, Collingwood. April 4 – 20, 2019

Vladimir The Crow is currently performing at the small and intimate space of the Melba Studio, located somewhere between the Spiegeltent and meandering corridors at Circus school on Johnston Street in Collingwood as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Dark Voyager

By John Misto. Castle Hill Players. Pavilion Theatre, Doran Drive Castle Hill. April 5 – 27, 2019

As the premiere community theatre production of John Misto’s play, this is another coup for a theatre company that is prepared to give its directors and actors ‘some meat’ – and challenge its audience with something a little bit different.

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