Reviews

Eddie Perfect: Songs From The Middle

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. June 18 – 20, 2015

Eddie Perfect has gone back to Mentone to revisit his childhood and with it he has discovered a cabaret show dedicated to the town he could not get out of quick enough as a youth. Perfect has that down to earth quality with a touch of class. His compositions carry sincerity and humour, which is very Australian. Looking dapper in his suit and tie, his wayward hair gives you solace that the larrikin still lives within.

Trevor Ashley: I’m Every Woman

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. 18-20 June, 2015.

Trevor Ashley's particular brand of drag performance (and his tastelessly over-ripe vocal style) will probably seem like pure pleasure to many, and to be sure, his comic banter begins the show on a thrillingly confident and ingratiating note. His enthusiasm here is infectious, and he knows that bawdy jokes, well delivered, can feel thoroughly liberating to an audience

Jane Eyre

By Charlotte Bronte, Adapted by Polly Teale. Hobart Repertory Theatre Society. Playhouse Theatre, Hobart. Director: Ingrid Ganley.19 June – 4 July 2015.

An invitation to see Jane Eyre, presented by Hobart Repertory Theatre Society at the Playhouse Theatre, Hobart, came with the suggestion to “read (or re-read) the novel before you see this stunning stage adaptation”.

Dedications

By Anthony Harkin. Starring John O’Hara. Hayes Theatre Co as part of Cabaret Season 2015. June 9 & 10, 2015

Just met somebody? Out of love, or in the best relationship of your life? Well thankfully, in the name of the father, the love struck son and the divorce culprit, The Love God is here to help. 

Anthony Harkin’s cabaret Dedications strings together multiple love stories and heartaches via Richard Mercer’s radio program Love Song Dedications. Six characters who find themselves in and out of love call in and request a song to be shared to the nation as a means to share their story. 

Women on the Verge

Based on 8 Monologues for Women by Dario Fo and Franca Rame. La Mama Courthouse, Carlton. June 17- 21, 2015.

Daring to tinker with the work of theatrical giants such as Dario Fo and Franca Rame is a courageous enterprise. Capturing the poignancy and the comic artistry of these two iconic figures is a test of skill for any theatre professional. This production employs the talent of Latin American dance and music while evoking shades of Almodóvar’s irreverent female protagonists.

It’s Just Sex

By Jeff Gould. The Adelaide Repertory Theatre. Arts Theatre, Adelaide. June 18 – 27, 2015

A thought-provoking play that looks at boundaries, trust and monogamy between three married couples. When friendships become more intimate it sets off a myriad of topics all centering on the subject of sex. Director Erik Strauts pushes the boundaries in this tale. Peppered with many one liners and jaw dropping encounters, this production makes for a lively night at the theatre.

Melbourne Cabaret Festival

Gala Opening. Alex Theatre, St Kilda. June 18, 2015

Oh what a shambles! Not so much the acts themselves, but the so called Gala (I think they left the “H” off the end of that word) Opening. I have LOVED the previous Galas…. Everything from Sammy J to Mary Wilson in properly equipped and professionally run venues; but this was like visiting your favourite gourmet restaurant only to be told the award winning chef had left and the food was prepared in a microwave.

Retro Futurismus

Maude Davey, Anni Davey, Anna Lumb & Gabi Barton, with special guests. fortyfivedownstairs | 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne. 10 – 28 June 2015

Maude and Annie Davey are legends and just about everything they do is worth catching and Retro Futurismus is no exception. 

Lady Rizo - Unescorted

Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre. 17-19 June, 2015.

Sometimes a performer will take your breath away with the manner in which they joyfully push against the conventional boundaries of cabaret tradition. Lady Rizo is just this kind of exhilarating fresh-air blast, and you owe it to yourselves to put her name at the top of your list.

27 Club

By Joshua Tyler and Tahli Corin. Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Dunstan Playhouse. JJune 17 – 19, 2015.

It is not unusual to celebrate the works of musicians that have passed, but what sets this show apart from the rest is that it concentrates on those performers who met their maker at the young age of 27. It begs you to look for a connection, to wonder if there was a greater force or whether quite simply it was a bunch of incredibly talented individuals who each struggled with reality and sought comfort and escape that ultimately led to their deaths.

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