Reviews

The Gods, The Gods, The Gods

By Phil Grainger (Music) & Alexander Wright (Lyrics). The Flanagan Collective, Gobbledigook Theatre (UK) and Hartstone-Kitney Productions. Black Box Theatre, Adelaide Botanic Gardens. 18 Feb-14 March, 2020

The Gods, The Gods, The Gods is the thrilling third installment about classical myths by The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre (UK), who have previously wowed Adelaide audiences with their brilliant versions of Orpheus and Eurydice. This time their focus is on the classical Gods themselves, a collection of dubious creatures whose place and meaning in the modern, as well as classical world is brought into question.

Hayley Sugars: Songs of Desire

Part of Opera Queensland’s Intimate Concert Series. Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank. Friday, February 14, 2020

Hayley Sugars sets out to tell the truth about love in her intimate Opera Queensland recital that kicked off on Valentine’s Day, and it was not all easy listening.

Using her own words as well as those of the masters, she sang her way through tales of first love, secret love, unrequited love, lost love and doomed love.

Josephine

Adelaide Fringe. Dynamite Lunchbox and Hartstone-Kitney Productions. Black Box Theatre, Adelaide Botanic Garden. February 14 – March 1, 2020.

Josephine Baker had a hit with “J’ai deux amours, (mon pays et Paris)” in France. It says a lot about how this dancer, chanteuse and cause célèbre felt about her place in the world. Born in St. Louis in 1906, Baker arrived in Paris in 1925 to appear in La Revue Nègre.

The Rad Pack

Adelaide Fringe. Presented by Michael Coumi. The Top pf the Ark. 16th and 20th February, 2020

The Rad Pak is billed as “A sophisticated lounge act with some of Adelaide's best entertainers, paying tribute to the Rat Pack era”.

Playing in the Top of the Ark at the Arkaba hotel, an enthusiastic crowd gathered on a Sunday afternoon to hear three crooners pay homage to the sophistication and songs of the original Rat Pack.

2 Cats Drove Into The Cuckoo's Nest

Adelaide Fringe Festival. Upstairs @ The Histo. Feb 17 – 26, 2020

Ralph Hadzic and Steve Davis are not your average ‘cats’. Former ‘Fat Cat’ performer, Hadzic and Davis, aka ‘Mr Squiggle’, a name bestowed after the 2019 Fringe, have developed a one-hour show that is rather like a talking diary of memories, reminiscences and personal encounters.

Made up of two distinct parts that intersect when Davis and Hadzic head off to Los Angeles to interview and record a range of celebrities, it is a very different, warm and gently funny style of Fringe show.

Jordan Anthony. This Is Me!

De Parel Spiegeltent, Woodside Pleasure Gardens, Russel Square, Northbridge, WA. Feb 15-16, 2020

Jordan Anthony is a fifteen year old Perth musician who had an epic 2019. The youngest male in the eighth season of The Voice, Jordan, the final competitor in Team Delta, reached the Final 4 in the competition. Later in the year, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation selected Jordan as Australia’s representative in Junior Eurovision. Jordan performed for Australia in Poland last November.

Through Tim Burton’s Eyes

Fierce Entertainment. Directed by Jasmine Stewart -Yates. Camelot Theatre, Mosman Park, WA. 16 Feb 2020

Through Tim Burton’s Eyes was a dance cabaret tribute to the films of Tim Burton. It played for a single performance on the final night of FringeWorld.

Performed in front of AV images from Burton films, we saw a range of dance genres from performers Jasmine Stewart -Yates, Ashlee Morehead, Bobby Stewart -Yates, Jacinta White, Natalie Leisfield, Jennifer Collins, Lauren Page and Vanessa Johnson. Featuring some quirky and innovative choreography, the dancers had some strong technical skills, although timing in group numbers wasn’t always perfect.

The Grapes of Wrath

By John Steinbeck. Adapted by Frank Galati. Canberra REP, directed by Chris Baldock. Canberra REP Theatre. 13–29 February 2020.

Using an amazing array of props on a set that’s a work of art, REP’s production of The Grapes of Wrath does justice to a masterpiece of writing and of adaptation that, set without compromise in a prolonged drought in the midwestern United States during the Great Depression, reveals, with finesse and genuine compassion, the best and the worst of humanity.

 

Summer Shorts

By Alice Gerstenberg, Noel O’Neill, Suzannah Churchman and Bob Charteris. Directed by Carmen Dohle, Noel O’Neill, Suzannah Churchman and Bob Charteris. Melville Theatre, Stock Rd, Palmyra, WA. Feb 13-22, 2020

Summer Shorts is a series of four very different one act plays, three with local authors, playing at Melville Theatre. A good night of variety and entertainment.

Lennon Through a Glass Onion

John Waters with Stewart D’Arrietta. Adelaide Fringe. Star Theatre. February 14 & 15, 2020

Actor John Waters has been a part of the Australian theatre and television industry since 1969. His longevity in his chosen field is testament to his enormous talent. Born in London, he played in a blues band in his youth, before moving to Australia where he landed a lead role in the musical Hair. Not content with being just a character actor, he is also a skilled musician and singer.

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