Reviews

How to Rule the World

By Nakkiah Lui. Sydney Theatre Company. Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House. Feb 11 – Mar 30, 2019

Nakkiah Lui’s madcap satire begins with the promising premise of three well-educated, ambitious if marginalised Australians – an Aboriginal, Korean and a gay Tongan – trying to snatch power in the Senate by getting elected their own carefully selected bland white male.  

Eurydice

Adelaide Fringe 2019. Joanne Harstone, The Flanagan Collective & Gobbledigook Theatre, and Holden Street Theatres. The Sunken Garden – Holden Street Theatres. 14 February - 16 March, 2019.

The story of Eurydice and her husband, Orpheus, is one of the most popular, influential, and enduring of the Greek classical myths. The story goes that Orpheus and Eurydice were very happily married, but when a man called Aristaeus desired and pursued her, Eurydice stepped on a viper, died instantly and went to Hades. The grief-stricken Orpheus descended into Hades to bring her back. With his music and ‘lyre’ he melted the hearts of Hades and Persephone and he was allowed to take Eurydice back to the land of the living – with one condition.

Tony Galati - The Musical

By Dan Debuf and Caleb Garfinkel. Fringe World. Directed by Nicole Stinton. Musical direction by Caleb Garfinkel . De Parel Spiegeltent, The Pleasure Gardens, Russell Square, Northbridge, WA. Feb 12-17, 2019

This show is a 70 minute commercial for Spud Shed, a fruit and supermarket chain. It would also be largely incomprehensible to anyone from outside Western Australia. It is therefore surprising that Tony Galati - The Musical is a brilliant little show, that was one of the hits of Fringe World.

Me. Asian?

By Urban Lights, The American School of Vietnam. Fringe World. Directed by Kate Soper. The Stevenson Theatre, Stafford St, Midland, WA. Feb 13-16, 2019

This was one of the very special events of Fringe World, a beautiful self-devised piece, created and performed by high schoolers from Vietnam, which should have been one of the most publicised and exciting aspects of Fringe World. Unfortunately this little treasure of a piece, flew under the radar, and did not get the full houses it deserved.

Another Night at the Musicals

Adelaide Fringe 2019. The Box at the Garden of Unearthly Delights February 15 - March 3, 2019

Fringe favourites Jonny Woo and Le Gateau Chocolat are back to bring us the next instalment in the Night at the Musicals series...the somewhat unimaginatively titled Another Night at the Musicals. Any lack of imagination ends with the title and the show is a magical, glittery, mystery tour through the back catalogue of diva songs from our favourite musical theatre.

Beginning the night, Chocolat asks who in the crowd is a fan of musical theatre, before informing all that this is where musical theatre comes to die.

Get Sweatier with Cheryl and Chardee

Adelaide Fringe 2019. The Keg Room at Hotel Victor, 23rd Feb, 2019. Ferguson Room at the National Wine Centre, 24th Feb 2019. HAT's Courthouse Cultural Centre Auburn, 1st March, 2019.

Cheryl and Chardee entertained us at the 2018 Fringe with Get Sweaty, in 2019 they’re back to help us Get Sweatier. Cheryl and Chardee met at dance class in their teens where they formed a strong bond over their mutual love for the much adored and sadly missed morning television show ‘Aerobics Oz Style’.

Bubble Show: Milkshake and the Winter Bubble

Adelaide Fringe 2019. The Jade. February 22 – March 16, 2019

Fringe favourites, The Bubble Laboratory (aka Iulia Birze and Kurt Murray) are back once again to entertain children of all ages with their bubble skill, puppetry and clowning.  Best known to young audiences as Milkshake and Doctor Bubble, this year Birze and Murray bring us an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl. It’s a fairy tale with moments of much sadness but delivered here with great pathos. It’s refreshing to see a children’s production that is not entirely sugar-coated.

Heavenly

Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Blendulf. Piano: Paul Lewis. Soprano: Morgan England-Jones. Concert Hall, QPAC. 16 February 2019

Queensland Symphony Orchestra’s first concert for the year was indeed a ‘heavenly’ affair of exalted music from Mozart and Mahler.

Dirty Tattooed Circus Bastards

Adelaide Fringe 2019. Empire at Gluttony 15 February - 17 March, 2019

Touted as Cirque du Soleil meets Motorhead, Dirty Tattooed Circus Bastards is more reminiscent of Jackass meets Spinal Tap.  Over the course of an hour you will feel amused, amazed, confused and, at times, worried for the performers’ wellbeing.

Performed by two bearded and inked Irishmen, Martin Mor and Logy Logan, this show appears to have been constructed as an attempt to see how much dangerous, hilarious stuff two mates could fit into an hour.  In reality, these two are skilled and slick circus performers with a gift for comedy.

The Worst Little Warehouse in London

Adelaide Fringe 2019. Cupola at the Garden of Unearthly Delights. Feb 15 – Mar 3, 2019

Almost like a rite of passage, our young Australian artists make the pilgrimage to the United Kingdom to see if they can make a break into the theatrical tapestry that is London.  That was the case for Lala Barlow and partner Robbie Smith as they departed Australia, survived the long-haul flight and arrived at Heathrow with a sense of adventure and excitement, ready to embrace all that old Blighty has to offer.

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