Reviews

Impromptunes - The Completely Improvised Musical

Fringe World. The Gold Digger at Fringe Central, Perth WA. Jan 27 - Feb 4, 2018

If you have ever wanted to see Impromptunes - The Completely Improvised Musical, but have been unable to get a ticket, this year may be your chance. This very popular Fringe World show is playing at The Gold Digger, a great venue, with stadium seating, which means you are close to the action, with a great view.

Impromptunes - The Bachela-la-la

Fringe World. Directed by Emmet Nichols. Teatro -The Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, WA. Jan 27-Feb 3, 2018

The sexier sister to Impromptunes - The Completely Improvised Musical, The Bachela-la-la is a naughty late night improvised musical based on The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise. Aimed at adults, the audience are kept laughing from the time we meet the contestants until the moment that a ring is placed on the winner’s finger.

Play Time

Back Door Productions. Fringe World (WA). The Black Flamingo, The Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge, WA. Jan 27 -31, 2018

Play Time is what may happen if children’s television was made for young adults. We join Adam, Kate, Liv and Jake as they learn important things that young adults should know.

Fun and colourfull, it uses a Playschool-like format to teach adult skills to the characters and audience.

SUGAR

Paper Haus Theatre Co. Fringe World (WA). The Black Flamingo at the Pleasure Garden, Russell Square, Northbridge. Jan 27 - Feb 4, 2018

SUGAR is a very pink, very sweet, celebration of a performance, which beneath its sugary surface deals with important issues of anxiety, self esteem and the pressures faced by young women.

Central character Sugar (a picture perfect and delightful Claire Thomas), is feeling rejected, anxious and alone after a really disastrous party. She turns to the internet for help and finds “The Fixits”, a latter-day Spice Girls on steroids, who promise that they can fix any problem.

Completely Improvised Potter

Soothplayers. Fringe World. The Palace Society at Ibis Palace, Ibis Hotel, Perth. Jan 27 - Feb 4, 2018

Completely Improvised Potter promises what every Potter fan desperately craves - another year at Hogwarts with a new book that has never really existed.

Melbourne based improvisation company, Soothplayers, who are also presenting Completely Improvised Shakespeare at Fringe World, ask patrons to write down the name of the Harry Potter book that they have always wanted. These are placed into a large Goblet (of not much fire), and a selection is drawn.

The Obscure Tour

Pedroland. The Navy Club, Fremantle WA and surrounding area. Jan 27 - Feb 15, 2018

A few years ago I was discussing the television show Amazing Race in theatrical company, and it was noted that the Amazing Race was extremely popular amongst “theatre people”. Various theories were tossed around as to the reason for the correlation. Based on that discussion, I might suggest that readers of Stage Whispers are very likely to love The Obscure Tour.

Dragged

Written & Produced by Andy Aisbett. For midsumma festival. La Mama Courthouse, Carlton VIC. 25 January to 4 February 2017

‘Stella’ (Samuel Thompson) is a drag artist – gorgeous, sexy but dissolute, unreliable and self-pitying.  She’s taking a break and a half bottle of Scotch between sets at a drag show venue, and thinking back over her past.  How did she get here?  She remains on stage throughout, mostly in postures of abject defeat, as we go back into that past: so she’s a framing device and occasional Narrator.

Strangers in Between

By Tommy Murphy. Directed by Daniel Lammin, produced by Cameron Lukey and Andy Johnston. fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 24 January - 11 February 2018.

The timing of this production provides the opportunity to reflect on the recent passing of same-sex marriage legislation in Australia. The play was first staged in 2005 and was an immediate hit for its raw yet tender examination of homosexuality. Only the absence of technology gives away its age. This revival highlights how the themes remain just as hard-hitting today.

Wild Bore

Sydney Festival. Carriageworks. January 24 - 28, 2018

Three female, boundary-bulldozing cabaret performers put their arses on the line with this spirited show attacking critics of their other shows.    

Zoe Coombs Marr, Ursula Martinez and Adrienne Truscott quote back these hyperbolic negativities through their three articulate arses, propped up on a table of mics as in a panel discussion – of arseholes.

We Were There

Devised & directed by Dirk Hault. Tilted Projects. Chapel Off Chapel, Prahran VIC. 23 January - 4 February 2018

Four engaging, talented actors tell stories of the experience of women and AIDS - from before the condition even had a name, let alone any treatment.  They tell of bafflement and fear, of ignorance, misdiagnosis, prejudice, rejection (including by families), misinformation, euphemisms, evasions, physical and mental suffering, and shame.  But there is also resilience, kindness, love, acceptance, unstinting efforts to find a cure – or at least amelioration – and the formation of support groups and communities of sufferers and carers. 

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