Reviews

Notes from the Warsaw Ghetto: The story of Emanuel Ringelblum by Neil Cole

Directed by Dominique Bongiovanni; Performed by Alex de la Rambljie, Liran Shachar, Phil Zachariah and Joseph Strou. An Eagle's Nest Theatre production at La Mama Courthouse, Melbourne until May 16.

The Holocaust has inspired many artists around the world to share their interpretations of the events that, collectively, define the single greatest crime against humanity in living memory. As an historical event, it has become increasingly scrutable, thanks largely to the tireless endeavours of publishers, authors (such as Primo Levi), filmmakers (Steven Spielberg), archivists and benefactors who are determined to document the extent of the horrors before the generation of survivors are lost to us forever.

The Tasmanian Babes Fiasco by John Birmingham & Simon Bedak

Brisbane Arts Theatre. 10th April – 15th May 2010

BAT, in mid-2009, began to change their house style from safe, conservative comedies and murder mysteries, to plays with bite.

Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith.

Sydney Theatre Company. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. 22 April - 29 May

It's one of those things we may never quite know enough about. Does it last? When is it really real? Love - one of the core themes of the play Honour by Joanna Murray-Smith.

FAME

Regent Theatre, Melbourne, and touring nationally. Wednesday, 21 April 2010. Capitol Theatre, Sydney from October 14.

The musical based on a TV show based on a movie has hit Melbourne. Following a “Seasons of Love”-style opening, the audience is introduced to a stage-width LED curtain backdrop that is used to change the time and location of the on-stage action. All cast and creatives should be congratulated on a sterling effort, considering they are running on only four weeks of rehearsal and four days in the theatre (including two previews).

Wild World – The Cat Stevens Story

Featuring Paul Dillon and ‘The Tillermen’ with guest vocalist Sarah-Louise Younger. Parade Theatre, NIDA. April 16, 2010.

Most people of a certain age, with barely a passing interest in Cat Stevens know that he was a prodigiously gifted English singer song-writer who’d achieved phenomonal success in the late 1960s and 1970s, who abruptly walked away (albeit temporarily) from music when he converted to Islam in 1978. The effusive publicity material which accompanies this show leads you to believe you are about to catch a rare, behind the scenes glimpse into Cat’s private world.

Handle With Care

Music & Lyrics by Megan Shorey. Director: Lewis Jones. Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (Qld.). April 14.

Whilst best described as a ‘song cycle’, Handle With Care is more than that. Composer Megan Shorey has crafted some very strong musical pieces, performed magnificently by an accomplished cast of eight female performers, with some truly stunning group harmonies. A new work is always tough on an audience, and an audience is always tough on a new work – especially when that work is a new music theatre piece.

Let The Sunshine by David Williamson

QTC/MTC. Cremorne Theatre, QPAC (Qld.). Director: Michael Gow. April 12 - May 15

Two Stage Whispers reviewers, Jay McKee and Paul Dellit, review the QTC / MTC co-production of David Williamson's Let The Sunshine.

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum

Music by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Melville Theatre, Melville (WA). April 9-24

This farce-like musical, nicely executed under director Lars Jensen, was a great deal of fun.

The Colour of Glass by Gabrielle Macdonald

La Mama, Carlton. Wednesday, 14 April 2010

I have been told that people change every seven years. We do not choose our new personality, our new path and our new goals, but unknowingly arrive at the other end a different person. “J” in Gabrielle Macdonald’s The Colour of Glass (the characters are unnamed in the programme) had a clear, definitive image of her new persona, but her life was cut violently short just as her dream was realized.

Candy Man.

Kermond Creative, Her Majesty’s Theatre (Adelaide) until Sunday 18 April, then Sydney (7 - 9 May) and Melbourne (16 - 27 June).

One local musical theatre performer planned to avoid Candy Man. He thought it wrong for a white man to play a black man. But Candy Man isn’t a dramatized version of Sammy Davis Jr’s life; it is – in Wayne Scott Kermond’s words – “a homage.” In 1986, Kermond had a role in Guys & Dolls. After the show, Davis came to the green room and said to Kermond: “We need young cats like you, to take over from old cats like me.”

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