Reviews

Thigh Gap

By Jamaica Zuanetti. La Mama Courthouse. October 30 – November 10, 2019

If you have a thigh gap, it means you’re slim, taut and terrific, so the new show by Jamaica Zuanetti delves into pop culture to explore body image, beauty and being female in the modern era. The comical absurdist play, directed by Alice Darling, questions female stereotypes and the hazardous consequences of living up to an impossible image.

Much Ado About Nothing

By William Shakespeare. Presented by Artefact Theatre Company, directed by Matthew Cox. Irene Mitchell Studio, St Martins Youth Arts Centre, 28 St Martins Lane, South Yarra. 23 October – 9 November, 2019.

Artefact Theatre Company has produced a lively and exuberant production of this wonderful Shakespeare comedy. The Fitzroy setting is superbly evoked through the set design and through a variety of small and large gestures that capture the unique inner-city culture for which it is famous.

Art

By Yasmina Reza. Verendus Theatrical. Holden Street Theatres. October 30 – November 2, 2019

Art is a fast-paced three hander and it is in the very good hands of three of the best actors in Adelaide in its Verendus Theatrical season. Tracey Walker as Marcia, Alicia Zorkovic as Charlotte and Lyn Wilson as Yvette produced impressive performances and a totally believable story of the ups and downs of friendship.

Antigone

Adapted by Merlynn Tong after Sophocles. Directed by Travis Dowling. Presented by Queensland Theatre. Bille Brown Theatre, 26 October – 16 November, 2019.

Queensland Theatre has a hit on its hands with the breathtakingly tragic Antigone. It’s a thing of sheer beauty when every craft comes together to give a peak performance. This production proffers excellent acting, visually stunning design, outstanding sound and beautiful lighting. Director Travis Dowling should be applauded for nurturing such exceptional talents to deliver work of this standard.

Limit

By Sophia Simmons. Shannon Rush and Sophia Simmons in association with State Theatre Company of South Australia. Bakehouse Theatre. October 24th – November 9th, 2019

We now live in a voyeuristic age where privacy is a thing of the past. Limit by Sophia Simmons is a contemporary piece that capitalises on this obsession, with surprising results.

The narrative is aboutThe Mars Project, brainchild of billionaire Carl Jefferson (voiced by Terence Crawford). Marc and Sarah (played by James Smith and Rachel Burke) have been chosen through public voting to take a one-way ticket to Mars.

Sharbat

By Doreshawar Khan. Directed by Michelle Aitken. The Blue Room, Perth Cultural Centre, WA. Oct 24 – Nov 2, 2019

Sharbat, a new play by Doreshawar Khan who also appears in the show, is a story of being young, female and Muslim in Australia. A story of estranged sisters, of forgiveness and of family, this is a bittersweet story with feel-good overtones.

Scaramouche Jones

By Justin Butcher. HOTA - Home of the Arts – Gold Coast. October 30 – November 2, 2019

There is nothing in theatre more powerful than an actor at the pinnacle of his performing ability, seamlessly melding art and craft to perfection: Colin Friels is that actor. He and Justin Butcher’s Scaramouche Jones come together at a moment in both their lives where they truly connect, and it’s a theatrical marriage made in…well, you know how clichés go.

Stuck in the Narrowest Path

OzAsia Festival. Contact Gonzo & Zephyr Quartet. Dunstan Playhouse Foyer, Adelaide Festival Centre. 29-31 October, 2019.

One always wishes to support and acknowledge risk-taking and experimentation in theatre, but one must also be prepared to give honest feedback when a risky experiment fails to pay off.

Jekyll & Hyde

Music: Frank Wildhorn. Book & Lyrics: Leslie Bricusse. Concertworks. Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, 25 & 26 October & Darling Harbour Theatre, ICC Sydney, 2 November, 2019

The 25th Anniversary concert performance of Jekyll & Hyde drew a capacity and highly appreciative crowd in Hamer Hall.

Players from the MSO in pared-down orchestral ensemble - under the confident and stylish direction of Vanessa Scammell - deftly crafted the fraught, gothic atmosphere demanded by Frank Wildhorn's music.  Although the instrumentalists took up much of the Hamer Hall stage, their musical presence and ensemble with the singers - as the vocal performers roamed over a series of catwalks, platforms and staircases - was impeccable.

The Dark Master

By Niwa Gekidan Penino. OzAsia Festival 2019. The Space, Adelaide Festival Centre. October 29 – 31, 2019.

Adelaide’s weather is heating up, and the OzAsia Festival is winding down for 2019.  In The Space, aromas from Japanese cooking permeate the theatre as The Dark Master unfolds and the onstage kitchen heats up with fiery blasts whenever alcohol is added to the cooking.

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