Reviews

Re-member Me

By Dickie Beau. Melbourne International Arts Festival. Arts Centre Melbourne. October 17 – 21, 2018.

 

To be or not to be? That is the question.

Re-member Me is a fabulous new show by Dickie Beau. It’s a complex techno love affair with a handful of famed actors in their sometimes notorious and always memorable performances as the Prince of Denmark.

Rusalka

Cirque Nocturne. Back to Back Cabaret Festival. Star Theatres, Hilton. October 19 & 27, 2018

Rusalka is an interesting exploration of mermaids throughout the world, their history and impact on modern day folklore. The different incarnations of mermaids are interspersed with circus acts using the theme, glitter and scales of mermaids.

The actual story of Rusalka is the last of the stories. It is the tale of a young woman who had died in or near a river and would return as an undead. She was not invariably evil, and could die in peace if her death was avenged.

Otello

By Rossini. Melbourne Opera. Athenaeum Theatre. October 17 – 27, 2018

Rossini's retelling of Otello centres firmly around Desdemona, who acts as the moral heart of the opera. In this version she is secretly married to Otello, and has been wronged by her father, who gave her love note and lock of her hair to Rodrigo, supposing him to be the object of her affections. He promises her to Rodrigo; and both men are encouraged in this by Iago, who is himself a rejected suitor.  

How the Other Half Loves

By Alan Ayckbourn. Galleon Theatre Group. Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre (SA). October 18-27, 2018

Ayckbourn is a self-professed social commentator of his time. His plays reflect that he is a keen observer of people. Two of his favourite themes, marriage and social class, form the framework of How the Other Half Loves. Written in 1969, this play, in fact, is known to have secured his success as a playwright. Ayckbourn himself commented, "I like to deal in the basics – marriage; it's so tragic and comic, you know - the things people can do to each other. Or the way the rich and the poor do things.”

A Ghost in My Suitcase

By Vanessa Bates, adapted from the novel by Gabrielle Wang. Barking Gecko Theatre. Melbourne International Arts Festival. Arts Centre Melbourne, Playhouse. 3 – 21 October 2018

Celeste (Alice Keohavong), a French-Chinese Australian girl, travels to China to scatter the ashes of her mother at the mother’s birthplace.  In China, Celeste stays with her grandmother, Por Por (Amanda Ma) and Por Por’s adopted daughter Ting Ting (Yilin Kong), a girl Celeste’s age and grumpy at this intruder.  But Por Por is a ghost hunter, a kind of exorcist, and Celeste will overcome her Aussie scepticism and her fears and discover that she is a ghost hunter too.

One Infinity

Melbourne International Arts Festival. Malthouse Theatre. October 12 – 20, 2018

One Infinity is a truly visceral experience!

A project that began in Bejing roughly three years ago has finally come to fruition - a music connection sparked between Genevieve Bailey, who is an Australian recorder virtuoso, and Wang Peng, a master of the gugin (ancient Chinese string musical instrument).

Nearer the Gods

By David Williamson. Queensland Theatre. Directed by Sam Strong. Bille Brown Theatre, South Brisbane. October 6-November 3, 2018

Take no-one’s word for it, if you want to know how good this World Premiere production is, seeing is believing.

Isaac Newton was one of the most influential scientists of all time. The publishing of his book on the laws of motion and universal gravitation changed scientific thinking on the design of the universe.

Seussical: The Musical

Music by Stephen Flaherty. Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Book by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle. Northern Light Theatre Company. Playford Civic Playhouse, Elizabeth, SA. 12-20 October, 2018

There is a little gem of a musical currently playing at the Playford Civic Playhouse, Elizabeth – Seussical: The Musical by Stephen Flaherty, Lynn Ahrens and Eric Idle. Based on the works of Dr. Seuss, particularly Horton Hears a Who!, this is a delightful musical designed specifically for children. The Northern Light Theatre Company, who have a considerable and impressive history of producing high quality musicals, have most certainly delivered another top-class show.

(dis)Solution

By Ariella Stoian. tempest. Directed by Susie Conte. The Studio, Subiaco Arts Centre. 16 Oct - 20 Oct, 2018

Western Australia’s feminist theatre company, tempest, presents its latest venture, the WA premiere of (dis)Solution, a script developed by women, with an all female cast. A story of sisterhood, that deserves a bigger audience

n the night I attended, this well written, well directed and well acted little gem of a show, had less than a dozen in the audience, and that included some complimentary tickets and the usher. This is no reflection on the production, which tells an interesting and important story.

Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert

Book and Lyrics by Doug Macleod. Music by Yuri Worontschak. Bondi Theatre Company. Bondi Pavilion Theatre. 12-27 October 2018

This new musical is a winner, like the woman this show immortalises. The story is based upon renowned Australian chef and cook book writer Margaret Fulton. Fulton is now 94 and recently met up with this production’s magnificent team to put the cherry on top of this wonderful musical show. Her life is fascinating as she triumphs over poverty, adversity and a string of dud husbands to become Australia’s most famous and followed writer chef. Her first major cookbook, “The Margaret Fulton Cookbook”, was published in 1968 and sold one and a half million copies.

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