Reviews

Jurassic! That is One Big Pile of Musical

Book and lyrics: Leigh Scott. Music & Additional Lyrics: Evan Kerr. Lazy Suzann, as part of Sydney Fringe 2014, in association with the New Theatre. September 22 - 27, 2014

Don’t remember the tap-dancing dinosaurs in Jurassic Park?

 

Everyman and the Pole Dancers

By Lech Mackiewicz. Final episode of an impossible theatrical soap opera – in four quarters. Auto Da Fe Theatre / Melbourne Fringe. The Mechanics Institute (Vic). Director – Lech Mackiewicz. October 2 – 11, 2014.

Everyman and the Pole Dancers is a mischievous destabilizing Absurdist romp presented by a wonderful diverse and intriguing cast who are obviously having fun with the anarchistic text by Lech Mackiewicz. 

The actors perform the serious material with unwavering commitment.  Mackiewicz as director must have a sense of humor that verges on the ridiculous to so successfully work with this gloriously eclectic troupe.  The result is a bit of a hologram, bemusing yet satisfying.  

Collaborators

The Stirling Players. Directed by Megan Dansie. Written by John Hodge. Stirling Community Theatre. 3-18 October 2014.

A rich and fascinating experience indeed, Collaborators represented quite an artistic gamble for the Stirling Players, but director Megan Dansie has once again lived up to her reputation of staging high-quality theatre, gracing Adelaide with a national premiere production to be proud of.

The Sound Of Waves

By Gareth Ellis. Directed by Naomi Edwards. Fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne. October 3-12th 2014

In The Sound of Waves we meet Shelly a girl who, finding herself in a class taught by the evil Mrs Black, begins to retreat more and more into a watery world where she is turning into a fish.  This allegorical tale has for its inspiration the performer’s own experience of losing her hearing, and then eventually receiving a Cochlear implant and coming back into the hearing world again.

Miss Julie & After Miss Julie

By August Strindberg and Patrick Marber. Directed and Designed by Geoff Brittain. University of Adelaide Theatre Guild. Little Theatre. 4-17 October, 2014.

How does one stage a play about trapped, unhappy, combative individuals without leaving one's audience feeling equally trapped and unhappy and emerging with the feeling that they've just survived a war with relatively little to show for the victory?

Tentación…taste the forbidden fruit.

Conceived & performed by Cherie Boogart. The Butterfly Club, Melbourne. 5 October 2014

 

Kermond Comedy Capers

Monkey Baa Theatre. Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre, Sydney Sydney. September 30 - October 4, 2014

First there was Dad and Dave, now there is Warren and Wayne – and sometimes Zan.

 

That is 78 year old Warren Kermond, his son Wayne-Scott (multiple decades younger) and his son 21 year Zan.

 

Annie

Music: Charles Strouse. Lyrics: Martin Charnin. Book: Thomas Meehan. Savoyards. Director: Kay Halford. Musical Director: Warryn James. Choreographer: Kaitlin Bell. Iona Performing Arts Centre, Wynnum, Brisbane, 27 September – 11 October 2014

Annie is a good show for community theatre with its multiple roles for little girls and large chorus numbers, but it is also fraught with problems. The first three numbers are carried by the junior cast members and the adults don’t start to sing until the 25-minute mark, so unless the kids are good, the show has a big hole at the beginning and doesn’t fire. But that wasn’t the case with this Savoyards production which ticked all the right boxes.

Sondheim on Sondheim

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Conceived and originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Squabbalogic. Reginald Theatre, Seymour Centre. October 1 - 18, 2014.

Stephen Sondheim narrating a showcase of his life and work, performed by a talented local ensemble, tantalised Sydney Sondheim fans.

 

ONCE

Music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Book by Enda Walsh. Directed by John Tiffany. Princess Theatre, Melbourne. From September 25th, 2014

Once has hit Melbourne, and it’s the perfect musical for people who don’t normally see musicals, or know much about them. Beautifully staged, and with a wonderful cast, it has been called enchanting, romantic, naïve, innocent, beguiling, and simplistic.

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